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Sleep, Shift Work, Breast Cancer And Chronotype 0

Sleep, Shift Work, Breast Cancer And Chronotype

I hope you’ve had a great Independence Day weekend and that you’re rested and ready for the new week. For me, it has been great to be back home and have a moment to relax and catch up with family and friends this week.

There were some very interesting stories I found in the research that we can all learn from in the coming week.

Female Lion Chronotypes may have a reduced risk for Breast Cancer.

If you are a Lion then I have some good news for you: A new large scale study suggests that women who are “morning people” aka a LION, may be at lower risk for breast cancer.

Not sure if you are a lion? Take my chronotype quiz and find out, it only takes a second.

In 2007, the World Health Organization’s agency for cancer research labeled shift work a probable carcinogen.

You heard me right, shift work may be contributing to CANCER.

It was commonly believed the cancer risk from shift work was due to environmental factors such as exposure to light at night …

Could These Mouth Workouts Stop Snoring? 0

Could These Mouth Workouts Stop Snoring?

Have you ever heard of mouth workouts? Apparently, they exist and they’re supposed to help stop snoring. The question is, do they actually work?

Before we get into that, here’s a little trivia for you. Did you know that men snore more than women? Yes, they do.

Around 40 per cent of men over 30 snore and around 30 per cent of women do.

(Via: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8842466/simple-workout-stop-snoring/)

Of course, that doesn’t delete the fact that women snore as well. There just less women who snore.

It’s really not a matter of who snores more or who snores less. The point is, there is always someone who snores and that could be you. Snoring is not something that we should take lightly.

If left untreated, it can turn into sleep apnea – a potentially life-threatening sleeping disorder which sees people have heart attacks in the middle of the night.

(Via: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8842466/simple-workout-stop-snoring/)

So, if you snore or you know of someone who snores, it’s time to incorporate some mouth workouts before going to sleep.

Because one expert maintains that not

Mentors for Sleep Disorders Patients Available Via New Program 0

Mentors for Sleep Disorders Patients Available Via New Program

The American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS)—a nonprofit collaboration launched by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine between patients, providers, and others who have an interest in promoting healthy sleep—has introduced a patient mentor program. The AAHS Patient Mentor Program will connect patients with a sleep disorder with one-on-one peer support.

“Managing a sleep disorder can be overwhelming, which is why we established this first all-encompassing patient-driven program,” says AAHS chair Patti Van Landingham, who has been living with narcolepsy for decades, in a release. “The AAHS Patient Mentor Program makes it easy for newly diagnosed patients to seek support and encouragement from those who have experience managing their disorder.”

The AAHS Patient Mentor Program pairs newly diagnosed sleep disorder patients with knowledgeable and empathetic mentors to offer ongoing support as they look for ways to manage their sleep health. AAHS provides each mentor with access to exclusive resources to support the peer-to-peer relationship. While mentors are not medical professionals and will not provide medical advice, each has been living with and managing a sleep disorder for several years and

Sleep Telemedicine Service for Self-pay Patients to Launch as AASM Subsidiary, CleveMed, CPAP Shop Parent Partnership 0

Sleep Telemedicine Service for Self-pay Patients to Launch as AASM Subsidiary, CleveMed, CPAP Shop Parent Partnership

Agile Medical, parent company of The CPAP Shop, has partnered with Welltrinsic, a subsidiary of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and CleveMed, a sleep diagnostics company, on the upcoming launch of a sleep care service designed for self-pay patients.

The online platform, named Sleep Care, will enable patients to use a telemedicine portal to connect with board-certified sleep medicine physicians. Services include one-on-one sleep evaluations, home sleep apnea testing, post-testing analysis, access to sleep therapy equipment and sleep coaching, and long-term care.

“A recent study estimated that 170 million people in North and South America suffer from sleep disorders. Agile Medical has collaborated with top companies in their respective spaces to meet the demands of an area ready for innovation. Sleep Care online is the natural progression of effective sleep management. We combine the convenience of telemedicine and home sleep apnea testing with the expertise of board-certified physicians, expert therapy providers, and sleep coaches to eliminate all the pain points of traditional lab testing,” says Anthony Zadnik, CEO of Agile Medical, in a release.


Through the online platform,

CPAP Provides Relief from Depression in Cardiovascular Disease Patients 0

CPAP Provides Relief from Depression in Cardiovascular Disease Patients

Researchers have found that CPAP treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can improve depression symptoms in patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

Using data from the Sleep Apnea Cardiovascular Endpoints (SAVE) trial led by Flinders University, the new study has found a significant decrease in cases of depression after patients received CPAP treatment for their sleep apnea.

This is the largest trial of its type and one of few studies reporting such an effect, according to senior author Doug McEvoy, MBBC, FRACP, a professor at Flinders University.

From detailed analysis of the SAVE data, Flinders University experts and collaborators at the George Institute have found that CPAP for moderate-severe OSA in patients with cardiovascular disease has broader benefits in terms of preventing depression, independent of improved sleepiness.

Prior studies investigating the effect of CPAP on mood with various experimental designs and length of follow-up periods have yielded heterogenous results.

“Patients who have had a stroke or heart attack are prone to suffer from low mood and are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop clinical depression, which then further elevates

5 Questions About the Use of Hypnotics in Obstructive Sleep Apnea | Pulmonology 0

5 Questions About the Use of Hypnotics in Obstructive Sleep Apnea | Pulmonology

Pulmonology Consultant caught up with Danny Eckert, PhD, after his SLEEP 2019 session.

Danny Eckert: Recent advances in knowledge of the causes of OSA that indicate at least one-third of people with OSA are “light sleepers” or have a “low respiratory arousal threshold” phenotype. This has led our group and others to conduct a series of studies to determine the potential therapeutic benefit of certain hypnotics for these specific people with OSA, as well as hypnotics’ effects on upper airway muscle activity and next-day consequences from a safety perspective.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/07/5-questions-about-the-use-of-hypnotics-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-pulmonology/…

The Blatant Signs Of Deadly Snoring 0

The Blatant Signs Of Deadly Snoring

A lot of people snore. As a matter of fact, a big percentage of the American population snores.

An estimated 40% of adults in the U.S. snore. And, men, you tend to out-snore women. (Yes, this may explain why you get kicked or shoved at night!)

(Via: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/22/714249236/beyond-annoying-how-to-identify-the-sounds-of-a-troublesome-snore)

Contrary to what other people think that snoring is a sign of deep sleep, it’s not.

And despite the myth that snoring is a sign of deep sleep, there’s really no upside to it.

“Snoring really does not demonstrate anything good, ” says Erich Voigt, an ear, nose, and throat doctor and sleep specialist at New York University Langone Health. “You can have beautifully deep sleep in a silent sleep.”

(Via: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/22/714249236/beyond-annoying-how-to-identify-the-sounds-of-a-troublesome-snore)

Snoring can be a sign of a more serious health condition but that doesn’t mean everybody who snores is in trouble. There are some cases where snoring is harmless. Nonetheless, there are some cases where snoring is an indication of something more serious.

Snoring is never great news, but often it’s harmless (other than the pain your

Does Sleep Help You Lose Weight? 0

Does Sleep Help You Lose Weight?

Many times, when I’m on the road lecturing about sleep it’s often a dinner event where I’m on stage and everyone is listening and learning while enjoying a great meal.

This past week I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a full day sleep wellness event put on by Turnburry Corp. in Miami.


We had a great time, and I also got to see one of my old friends Christopher Lindholdst who was there with his company, MetroNaps. They make cool napping pods that companies put in their corporate offices so people can nap during the day. As many of you know I’m a big fan of napping for productivity! In fact, it’s been shown that daytime napping is an effective method for increasing levels of productivity (not to mention, helping employees get a little rest).

After my lecture, during the Q and A session, I was asked the question, “what is the relationship between sleep and weight loss?”

I have written about this topic many times on my blog and even dedicated my 2nd book …

Healing And Preventing The Damage Caused By The Injuries of Snoring 0

Healing And Preventing The Damage Caused By The Injuries of Snoring

Snoring is dangerous. For example, heavy snoring can cause a quick stoppage of breathing that can easily endanger one’s life. Habitual snoring can lead to some serious health and relationship problems. There really is nothing good about the repercussions of snoring.

There is another repercussion of snoring that we hardly hear of. Apparently, snoring causes injuries that can damage the body.

The recurrent vibrations caused by snoring can lead to injuries in the upper airways of people who snore heavily. This in turn, can cause swallowing dysfunction and render individuals more vulnerable for developing the severe condition obstructive sleep apnea.

(Via: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uu-sci043019.php)

Who would have thought that the vibrations caused by snoring can actually be damaging enough to cause some swallowing dysfunction? According to research, it can be.

These findings are reported by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. Their on-going research focuses on the processes behind vibratory damage and healing of the upper airway tract. The data generated will help identify people at high risk of developing sleep apnea and to find novel treatment strategies.

(Via: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uu-sci043019.php)

Clearly, …

Raising Funds for A Pioneer of Sleep Medicine 0

Raising Funds for A Pioneer of Sleep Medicine

Christian Guilleminault, MD, has metastatic prostate cancer, and a GoFundMe page has been created—with donations going to the American Sleep Apnea Association—to allow those who would like to pay tribute to an individual who has touched their lives.

Dr. Christian Guilleminault (“CG” as he is kindly known by his friends and colleagues) has dedicated his life to advancing the science and clinical practices of treating sleep apnea and sleep related conditions. He has deeply touched the lives not only of his patients and colleagues, but those in the field of Sleep Medicine worldwide. Throughout his career, he has mentored hundreds of physicians and scientists.

Learn more or donate at gofundme.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/06/raising-funds-pioneer-sleep-medicine/…