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Divorcing but still in the same bed 0

Divorcing but still in the same bed

What do people do if they plan to divorce or leave their partner but they haven’t acted yet? They sleep in the same bed until the time is right to leave. It is important they keep mentally together and get the help needed. Even if you have previously had bad advice, it is worth trying […]

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Don’t Google Sleep 0

Don’t Google Sleep

imageIf you Google sleep, because you can’t sleep, you will be inundated with too much to keep you awake so I think it should probably be avoided. If you Google anything, you will probably be inundated so I think if you are trying to sleep, stay away from technology. Probably an alarm is okay (a […]

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3 Things Entrepreneurs Must Know To Sleep Better 0

3 Things Entrepreneurs Must Know To Sleep Better

This week was filled with a little travel, and some relaxing down time for reading. I really enjoy Entrepreneur magazine and last week was a story on why Entrepreneurs need more sleep. I liked this idea so much that I have decided to expand upon it a little more here because let’s face it in one way or another we are all Entrepreneurs (bake sale fundraisers to tech startups).

One of the most famous entrepreneurs who has talked openly about her significant sleep problems in the past is Arianna Huffington. She tells her story of when she basically collapses from exhaustion and cuts open her cheek. Another well known entrepreneur who may still currently be struggling with sleep issues is Elon Musk. I wrote about him previously where he said:

“It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien.”

These are critical situations people fall into when they are working 24/7, like when they start up a new business or are scaling a company, and we want to try to avoid them. There are three areas entrepreneurs’ …

Disrupted Sleep and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease 0

Disrupted Sleep and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

How well your patients sleep could decrease—or raise—their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

“With sleep apnea, your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen at night, and that increases the risk of cognitive impairment and possibly Alzheimer’s disease,” says Howard Fillit, MD, founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. If you think you may have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about a sleep evaluation.

A study presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology suggests that people with sleep apnea may have more tau in an area of the brain that aids memory. Of 288 people age 65 and older, those with sleep apnea had 4.5 percent higher levels of tau in their brains compared to people who didn’t have sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/sleep-habits-alzheimers-disease/…

Why Clinicians May Miss Identifying Patients Who Could Benefit from Positional Sleep Apnea Therapies 0

Why Clinicians May Miss Identifying Patients Who Could Benefit from Positional Sleep Apnea Therapies

Split-night studies that don’t necessarily allow patients the time to change postures and a lack of reliable reimbursement can lead to position-dependent sleep apnea being missed.

Clinicians face several obstacles in identifying positional sleep apnea (POSA), which can hinder their ability to treat the condition.

Positional sleep apnea can affect as many as 49.5% of patients with mild sleep apnea and 19.4% of those with moderate sleep apnea. In people of Asian decent, these numbers are higher with as many as 75% of all obstructive sleep apnea patients having a positional component.1 “Many physicians working in sleep medicine really underappreciate the prevalence overall of positional sleep apnea,” says Samuel Krachman, DO, a pulmonologist and professor of thoracic medicine and surgery at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

Positional sleep apnea refers to sleep-breathing difficulties associated with the supine position, which promotes a downward gravitational pull and causes the muscles in the airways to fall straight back. While there is currently a plethora of devices on the market to help people keep off their backs when

Why Physicians Need to Ask Patients About Sleep 0

Why Physicians Need to Ask Patients About Sleep

Sleep monitoring is not often emphasized as a crucial aspect of patient in medical school, but that doesn’t negate its unchecked prevalence, reports MD Magazine.

“There are 2 screening questions we suggest that you ask,” he explained. “’Do you have any trouble getting to sleep?’ and the second one: ‘How do you feel the next day?’”

Follow-up questions should pertain to: the patient’s timing of sleep; current therapies; lifestyle; duration and frequency of sleep; any medical or psychiatric associations; their history of primary sleep disorders; and their family history of disorders including insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/why-physicians-need-to-ask-patients-about-sleep/…

Australian Researchers Develop ‘Game Changing’ Sleep Apnea Device 0

Australian Researchers Develop ‘Game Changing’ Sleep Apnea Device

Australian researchers are conducting human trials on a device that contains a micro-camera that doctors can use to insert into the nostrils and throat to detect airway blockages, reports 9news.

“That will give us real time analysis of whats happening at every single area of the airway,” Professor Carney said.

The device also has pressure and temperature sensors – data which can be used to determine the severity of the condition.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/australian-researchers-develop-game-changing-sleep-apnea-device/…

Here’s A Simple Cure For Snoring 0

Here’s A Simple Cure For Snoring

There’s a cure for snoring. It’s as simple as wearing an oral device while sleeping. Oral devices or oral appliances can improve the airflow in the mouth by keeping the jaw forward. This, in turn, lessens the chances of snoring.

They push the tongue and jaw forward, which makes the airway larger and improves airflow. This also decreases the chance that tissue will collapse and narrow the airway when you breathe in. Examples include a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) or a tongue retaining device.

(Via:https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw48677)

Oral devices are very simple and easy to wear. It can even be worn while talking and drinking some water. The best part is that they work quite well. It spares the snorer from undergoing surgery.

Opening the airway through surgery is no joke. Wearing a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask is also an alternative but it could be a hassle, considering it requires a machine.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

A CPAP machine uses a hose and mask or nosepiece to

Program Gives Nova Scotians with Sleep Apnea Easier Access to CPAP Machines 0

Program Gives Nova Scotians with Sleep Apnea Easier Access to CPAP Machines

The Lung Association of Nova Scotia has been running its Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program for almost 10 years, reports CTV News Atlantic.

“We collect gently-used sleep apnea machines and we refurbish them with the help of Dalhousie University School of Health Sciences,” explains Donaldson.

“The machines come to us; we dispose, discard any disposal parts on the machine,” says Dalhousie University student Megan Butler. “We clean them, we disinfect them. We use our clean device to sterilize the machines.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/program-gives-nova-scotians-with-sleep-apnea-easier-access-to-cpap-machines/…

Wasted Days & Sleepless Nights Retreat (October 2019) 0

Wasted Days & Sleepless Nights Retreat (October 2019)

More than 2,000 dentists have learned how to successfully add sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment to their practices through these weekend, hands-on programs. Each session features 16 hours of learning and includes the opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Kent Smith. The Retreat is the perfect way to introduce, educate and engage your staff as partners in making sleep apnea therapy an important part of your practice.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/events/wasted-days-sleepless-nights-retreat-october-2019/…