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Will Self-Driving Cars Help a Chronically Sleep-Deprived America? 0

Will Self-Driving Cars Help a Chronically Sleep-Deprived America?

Being able to snooze while traveling from point A to B has its appeal. Just don’t expect it to resolve most of the country’s sleep problems.

The recently revealed Volvo 360c concept car has made waves, crystallizing the idea of a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle that would conceivably have no need for human control or intervention in most driving environments. Volvo’s concept car would have consumer appeal via two key benefits: it would safely take passengers wherever they need to go, while simultaneously allowing them to fulfill other tasks during the drive, whether that be sleep, work, or play. While still just an idea and not yet in production, the multitasking car has appeal for the ever-increasingly-busy American.

Anyone in the sleep world knows that sleep deprivation is a nationwide public health concern—one in three Americans are sleep-deprived, leading to a host of issues that affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, from physical health to work productivity to personal relationships. And as we look to America’s future, it’s likely that

Keep Snoring At Bay 0

Keep Snoring At Bay

We are not new to snoring. Since we were young, we have heard our older relatives including our parents and most especially the guys snoring in their sleep. We often made fun of them as kids not realizing it actually is a medical condition that likewise needs medical attention. The sad reality is that people can actually die from sleep apnea. Breathing is essential to life. You actually cease from breathing for several seconds and it happens multiple times in your sleep.

Sleep apnea management only manages the symptom and does nothing to get to the bottom of the condition. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for it but many scientific advancements have already been made to try at least overcome the snoring part. Snoring in itself has its hazards even if it is only one of the symptoms of sleep apnea. The loud snoring sound is enough to drive couples apart because of the chronic sleep deprivation that the unfortunate partner has to endure because of the loud snoring sound coming from their snoring partner when they are asleep.…

“Airway” Knowledge Has Changed My Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 0

“Airway” Knowledge Has Changed My Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

An orthodontist shifts his paradigm from being tooth-centered to airway-centered, reports Orthodontic Products.

The most commonly recommended therapies for sleep apnea are CPAP or an oral appliance (most of which position the mandible forward). Neither of these solves the underlying anatomical problem and both require long-term compliance for efficacy. Our task force found that properly planned orthodontic treatment alters the anatomy of the face and mouth in ways that can have a profound positive effect on the airway, and eliminate or reduce the severity of OSA. So, when I treatment plan, every decision is designed to be “Airway Friendly.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/12/airway-knowledge/…

Are Over The Counter Sleep Aids And Non Prescription Sleeping Pills Effective? 0

Are Over The Counter Sleep Aids And Non Prescription Sleeping Pills Effective?

In a recent article published in Harvard Women’s Health Watch OTC sleep aids were challenged for their effectiveness.

In 2017 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine officially recommend against treating chronic insomnia with common over-the-counter antihistamine and analgesic aids. Antihistamines are used in sleep aids because they effect the histamine receptor sites in your brain which help control wakefulness. Anti-histamines therefore are anti-wake, and make a person feel sleepy. But here is the problem, the compounds were built to last for 12 hours! This is why so many people experience a hangover effect (i.e., brain fog) the next day (this can also be common in some benzodiazepines used for sleep). Not only that, many of these drugs are known as anticholinergics which have been linked to Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with heavy, long-term use.

To be fair, this article also spoke about the lack of research for natural supplementation. Here is where I will respectfully disagree. There is more data on Valerian root and Melatonin than just about anything else, and the new data on CBD and inflammation looks very …

Snoring Poses Greater Cardiac Risk to Women 0

Snoring Poses Greater Cardiac Risk to Women

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Moreover, the findings suggested that OSA may be vastly underdiagnosed among snorers.

A common but dangerous sleep disorder, OSA causes an increased risk for left ventricular and, more rarely, right ventricular dysfunction in the heart.

Researchers investigated cardiac function in relation to diagnosed OSA and self-reported snoring from data available through UK Biobank. A national and international health resource, UK Biobank is open to researchers and follows the health and well-being of 500,000 volunteer participants. Its aim is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses.

For this study, data from 4,877 UK Biobank participants who had received a cardiac MRI were analyzed. The patients were allocated to three study groups: those with OSA (118 patients), those with self-reported snoring (1,886 patients), and those who are unaffected—without OSA or snoring (2,477 patients). There were 396

Utah Sleep Study Program Receives Accreditation 0

Utah Sleep Study Program Receives Accreditation

Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield has received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for the hospital’s sleep studies program. 

This program helps diagnose a variety of sleep disorders for local patients including narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorder, restless legs syndrome, sleep deprivation, as well as the most common sleep disorder — sleep apnea.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Sevier Valley Hospital on meeting the high standards required to earn accreditation as a sleep disorder center,” said Dr. Douglas Kirsch, AASM president. “Sevier Valley Hospital’s sleep studies program is an important resource to the local community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

Read more at www.richfieldreaper.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/11/utah-sleep-study-program-receives-accreditation/…

My CPAP Machine And Me 0

My CPAP Machine And Me

A writer for Forbes was initially skeptical when told by a doctor he had sleep apnea. But a test proved it and his new CPAP machine helped control it.

My dentist discovered it. As we chatted, instead of looking me in the eye, she was focused on my mouth. “Your front teeth,” said Dr. Cynthia Brattesani. “You’ve got that pirate look again.”

Telling her it was just a chipped tooth, she reminded me that it was two teeth, one of which she’d repaired three times. She looked down my throat and asked me if I have trouble sleeping, if I fall asleep during the day or feel depressed. No.

Then she asked if I snored, and she had me there.

Get the full story at www.forbes.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/11/my-cpap-machine/…

In the Restless Sleep Apnea Market, a Wilkins Township Company Hopes Patents Will Protect Its Products 0

In the Restless Sleep Apnea Market, a Wilkins Township Company Hopes Patents Will Protect Its Products

The cloth of Circadiance’s SleepWeaver masks let the moisture naturally evaporate off the skin, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The competitive market makes patents imperative, Mr. Groll said. Circadiance now has nine U.S. and international patents, all on variations of the all-cloth SleepWeaver masks.

Get the full story at post-gazette.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/11/restless-sleep-apnea-market-wilkins-township-company-hopes-patents-will-protect-products/…

Nyxoah Raises €15 Million in New Financing, Completes BLAST OSA Clinical Study 0

Nyxoah Raises €15 Million in New Financing, Completes BLAST OSA Clinical Study

Nyxoah SA, a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of a hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HGNS) therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has raised an additional €15 million ($17.1 million USD) in its most recent round of equity financing.

The financing was led by Cochlear Ltd, an Australian medical device and implantable hearing solutions company. Cochlear invested €13 million and the round was completed by several existing Nyxoah shareholders. A representative of Cochlear has joined the Nyxoah Board.

Robert Taub, chairman of the Nyxoah board, says in a release, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Cochlear as a new investor. Their board-level participation will accelerate Nyxoah’s vision of becoming a leader in OSA therapy.”

Jan Janssen, chief technology officer of Cochlear, says, “Cochlear actively monitors the market for novel technologies and implantable devices that over the long term may leverage its core business. Nyxoah’s minimally invasive solution presents an attractive alternative for patients with compliance or intolerance issues in respect of existing therapies. We look forward to working with Nyxoah.”

Nyxoah recently completed the BLAST-OSA

Collaborative Summit Explores Models to Improve Patient Care for Sleep Apnea 0

Collaborative Summit Explores Models to Improve Patient Care for Sleep Apnea

In Chicago on Saturday, Nov 10, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) hosted 35 representatives from 14 medical associations and patient advocacy groups for a one-day Sleep-Disordered Breathing Collaboration Summit to discuss strategies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Participants explored new and innovative clinical approaches to address the problem of undiagnosed sleep apnea. A report previously commissioned by the AASM estimates that 29.4 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea, with 23.5 million of them currently undiagnosed.

“The purpose of this summit was to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders to encourage innovation and promote improved access to care for the millions of adults and children who have undiagnosed sleep apnea,” says AASM president Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, in a release. “It is my hope that this summit will be a springboard for ongoing collaboration that will promote the expansion of high quality, patient-centered care for sleep apnea.”

Currently there are about 6,400 board-certified sleep medicine physicians in the United States, according to the AASM. The goal of the summit