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How Important Is Sleep To Children? 0

How Important Is Sleep To Children?

Kids do get sleep. In fact, babies sleep almost all the time. While adults need the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a day, babies need 2/3 of the day sleeping.

As children grow older, the amount of sleep they need varies:

  • toddlers: 11 to 14 hours
  • preschoolers: 10 to 13 hours
  • school-aged children: 9 to 12 hours
  • teens: 8 to 10 hours


Children need to have good quality and quantity of sleep simply because they are growing. And sleep helps support their growth stage. A lot of things can happen during the growth stage. They will need all the help they can get for optimum growth. And sleep is one of them.


Deep sleep stimulates growth, especially in babies.

“Growth hormone is primarily secreted during deep sleep,” says Judith Owens, M.D., director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., and a Parents advisor. Mother Nature seems to have protected babies by making sure they spend about 50 percent of their time in this deep sleep, considered to be essential for adequate growth.

Smoking, Alcohol, Sleep Apnea All Linked to Atrial Fibrillation 0

Smoking, Alcohol, Sleep Apnea All Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

During the American Heart Association (AHA) 2019 Scientific Sessions, cardiac electrophysiology fellow Kevin Trulock, MD, explained what some of the proven risk factors are for AFib, reports MD Mag.

“Across the board the observational data that we do have is consistent in the treatment of sleep apnea is associated with AF outcomes,” Trulock said. “In a study of those undergoing cardioversion for A-fib had in common sleep apnea.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/11/smoking-alcohol-sleep-apnea-all-linked-to-atrial-fibrillation/…

Sleep: What You Need To Know 0

Sleep: What You Need To Know

Mankind has never been busier before than they are now. Today is all about hustling. And it is becoming a norm. At work, there are a lot of things that need to be done in a short period of time. The same goes at home. Getting sleep is almost a luxury. Time ticks so fast that often times we have a hard time getting a hold of it. But if you don’t know it yet, sleep is a vital part of life.


Sleep, more specifically enough sleep and good quality sleep, is crucial so you could work efficiently and safely. Not getting enough of it can lead to many problems.

According to the NSF, these are some of the ramifications of sleep problems:

  • Decreased alertness and attentiveness
  • Increased irritability and relationship difficulties
  • Decreased concentration and judgment
  • Decreased performance and productivity
  • Increased risk of accidents



Sleep deprivation can cause lessen work efficiency and competence. It can also affect relationships. And most of all, it can get you in an unwanted accident. So if you want to …

AASM Issues Position Statement on Chronic Opioid Therapy and Sleep 0

AASM Issues Position Statement on Chronic Opioid Therapy and Sleep

Patients and medical providers should be aware that chronic opioid use can interfere with sleep by reducing sleep efficiency and increasing the risk of sleep-disordered breathing, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

In addition to understanding the risks of opioid addiction and abuse, it is important for health care providers to be aware that chronic opioid use is associated with changes in sleep architecture and an increased risk of respiratory depression during sleep.

“This statement increases awareness among health care providers of the important adverse events that can occur in patients on chronic opioid therapy,” says co-author R. Nisha Aurora, MD, associate professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, in a release. “The paper also highlights the need for providers to recognize and diagnose sleep-related breathing disorders that are frequently seen with chronic opioid use.”

The position statement was developed by the AASM board of directors and is published in the Nov 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Patients who have chronic

Hyperhidrosis: An Uncomfortable—and Common—Problem for Sleep 0

Hyperhidrosis: An Uncomfortable—and Common—Problem for Sleep

When you hear about night sweats, you probably think: menopause. It’s true that the menopausal transition is often accompanied by night sweats that significantly affect sleep.

But hyperhidrosis—that’s the medical term for excessive sweating—can happen to anyone, adults and children, and for a variety of reasons. And hyperhidrosis that occurs at night often spells trouble for sleep.

Estimates vary, but research indicates that as much as 12% or more of the general population may experience night sweats. And the prevalence of night sweats increases with age. Among older adults, research shows nighttime sweating is more frequent. One study found that more than 40% of adults over age 64 had at least one episode of night sweats within the past month. I’ve seen patients of all ages and genders contend with nighttime sweating that creates restless, interrupted sleep.

Maybe it’s because of embarrassment, or maybe it seems like not a big deal, but hyperhidrosis is a condition that often gets overlooked. Research indicates that fewer than 4 in 10 people speak with their physicians about excessive sweating. Although most

Keep an Eye on These Sleep Companies That Made the Inc. 5000 0

Keep an Eye on These Sleep Companies That Made the Inc. 5000

Inc. has published its annual guide to the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Here are the sleep companies that made the prestigious list.

#96: Amenity Health, a maker of a positional therapies, among other devices. Its website states, “A small pilot study conducted by a sleep laboratory, showed that the position created by the MedCline Reflux Relief product line reduced AHI in mild-moderate positional sleep apnea patients. Future clinical studies will further validate MedCline as an effective, natural treatment for positional sleep apnea.”

#1,003: ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, a maker of custom oral appliances for sleep apnea. “Dental sleep medicine providers, sleep boarded physicians, patients, and our employees are the reason ProSomnus made the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies,” says Len Liptak, CEO of ProSomnus, in a release. “The entire ProSomnus team is truly grateful that a growing number of care providers are prescribing and entrusting ProSomnus Sleep Devices for their patients with OSA.”

#1,797: 3B Medical, a maker of CPAP and oxygen devices and accessories. “One of 3B

European Medicines Agency Committee Recommends Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ Solriamfetol for Marketing Authorization 0

European Medicines Agency Committee Recommends Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ Solriamfetol for Marketing Authorization

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending the marketing authorization of Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ solriamfetol to improve wakefulness and reduce excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in adults with narcolepsy (with or without cataplexy) or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) whose EDS has not been satisfactorily treated by primary OSA therapy.

“Today’s positive CHMP opinion is an important milestone for people living with EDS associated with narcolepsy or OSA, which has been shown to negatively impact the lives of people living with these conditions,” says Robert Iannone, MD, MSCE, executive vice president, research and development of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, in a release. “This milestone brings us one step closer to potentially providing a new treatment option for people living with these sleep disorders in Europe.”

The Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for solriamfetol is based on data from four randomized placebo-controlled studies included in the Treatment of Obstructive sleep apnea and Narcolepsy Excessive Sleepiness (TONES) clinical trial program. Data from the studies in the TONES program demonstrated the superiority of solriamfetol relative to placebo.


Blue Shield of CA and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Plan to Include WatchPAT Home Sleep Test in Their Policies 0

Blue Shield of CA and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Plan to Include WatchPAT Home Sleep Test in Their Policies

In October 2019 both Blue Shield of California, a health plan that covers approximately 3.7 million lives, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Plan, a health plan that covers approximately 5.3 million lives, updated their policies to include Itamar Medical’s WatchPAT based on the PAT technology with oximetry and actigraphy, as a covered home sleep apnea diagnostic test. This inclusion of WatchPAT and PAT technology follows an assessment of Diagnosis and Medical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome recently released by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Evidence Street.

Itamar Medical also announced that changes in the release of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2020 Fee Schedule are expected to continue to support and expand the broad use of its WatchPAT technology.

“The inclusion of WatchPAT as a recommended test for sleep apnea in the BCBS Evidence Street assessment is an important validation of the clinical value that Itamar’s PAT technology provides,” says Gilad Glick, president and CEO of Itamar Medical, in a release. “We believe that the Evidence Street assessment recommendation will result in expanded

Sleep And Exercise A Necessary Partnership 0

Sleep And Exercise A Necessary Partnership

This might come as a surprise to my readers, but people often choose fitness and nutrition over sleep. According to a 2018 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 35% percent of people say they prioritize fitness and nutrition over everything else. Sleep (10%) narrowly beat out Social Life (9%) for the second-to-last place spot. Career (27%) and Hobbies (17%) came in second and third respectively. 

Sleep just doesn’t get the love it deserves! Maybe that’s why about half of the U.S. population is sleep deprived. 

It could be that the people who value fitness and nutrition rank it higher because it seems more important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a trim waistline. Popular media constantly promotes diet and exercise as the cornerstones of health. Shows like The Biggest Loser focus more on fitness and food and rarely on sleep. 

Sure, feats of athleticism and healthy meals cooked by gourmet chefs are packed with flavor and drama, and sleep, by its very nature, doesn’t translate well to TV. But when it comes to a healthy lifestyle in real life,

Light and Deep Sleep: How Much Do You Need For Each Of Them? 0

Light and Deep Sleep: How Much Do You Need For Each Of Them?

It is recommended for adults to have 7-9 hours of sleep every day. If you think that’s a lot of time and that you could have done something productive at that time, then it depends on what you mean by productive because resting the body for 7-9 hours is fruitful itself.


The body goes through a lot while you sleep so you can be more productive when you wake up. It goes through stages of sleep. Along with knowing that you need 7-9 hours of sleep a day, it is also important to know how much you need per stage of it.

There are five stages of sleep that rotate between non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) and include drowsiness, light sleep, moderate to deep sleep, deepest sleep, and dreaming.

Experts have recommended that adults gets about 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. New research aims to identify not just how much total sleep you need — but also how much of each stage of sleep you need.

Sleep stages 1, 2, and REM