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Philips Consumer Sleep Products Suite Aims to “Address 80% of All Sleep Issues” 0

Philips Consumer Sleep Products Suite Aims to “Address 80% of All Sleep Issues”

Revealed at the CES tradeshow in January 2019, Philips expanded SmartSleep suite of consumer-facing sleep solutions is now available in the United States. The products address sleep issues such as difficulty falling asleep, snoring, and simply not getting enough quality sleep. By expanding its suite of consumer sleep solutions, Philips states that its aim is to ultimately address 80% of all sleep issues globally.

“Everyone sleeps, but unfortunately sleep doesn’t come easily for everyone. There are a host of issues that impact sleep—from trouble falling asleep to snoring to chronic conditions like sleep apnea,” says Mark Michels, business leader, Healthy Sleep Solutions at Philips, in a release. “Using our nearly 40 years of deep clinical expertise in sleep technology, we continue to enhance the solutions available for people who experience common issues that negatively impact the quality of their sleep. Our suite of solutions aims to provide consumers with access to clinically backed innovations that will help them get a better night’s sleep to achieve more productive days ahead, while also increasing awareness to the importance of sleep health. All

Sleep as a Vital Sign: Kristina Weaver, EMT-P, RPSGT 0

Sleep as a Vital Sign: Kristina Weaver, EMT-P, RPSGT

Kristina Weaver, EMT-P, RPSGT, ensures medical center colleagues across all specialties play the sleep advocate.

By Greg Thompson | Photography by Dani Nichol Photography

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Kristina Weaver, EMT-P, RPSGT, cares deeply about her patients, but she’d rather not see them back at Parrish Healthcare. As director of Care Navigation for the Sleep Navigator/Educator Program at the Titusville, Fla, health system, Weaver has managed a 30% reduction in readmissions for newly identified sleep apnea patients over the last four years,1 a result of healthier patients with positive outcomes.

The improvement comes courtesy of what Weaver calls a more person-centered approach, with screening and education throughout the continuum of care. A person-centered approach gets patients actively involved in their own care, helping them take ownership of their treatment.

“If you have sleep apnea, you cannot effectively treat other comorbid conditions,” Weaver explains. “Take heart failure as an example. When a patient comes into the hospital with left ventricular heart failure and [has] untreated sleep apnea, that left ventricle has to work even harder because it lacks oxygen due to the sleep apnea.

Bongo Rx Preferred Over Traditional CPAP to Treat Sleep Apnea, Survey Shows 0

Bongo Rx Preferred Over Traditional CPAP to Treat Sleep Apnea, Survey Shows

According to a recent Qualtrics Survey conducted September 4 though September 11, of over 200 respondents with mild to moderate sleep apnea, more than 70% said they would prefer to try the FDA-cleared Bongo Rx over traditional CPAP therapy to treat their obstructive sleep apnea when given the choice.

The Bongo Rx is a nasal device that requires no CPAP machine, CPAP mask, CPAP hose, bulky headgear, electricity or battery power.

The survey results highlight this new sleep apnea therapy device when compared to traditional CPAP machines and masks. Industry experts estimate that approximately 50% of CPAP patients on average will eventually abandon their CPAP therapy and become non-compliant.

“I feel the results of this Qualtrics Survey reflect that mild to moderate OSA sufferers want a simple and effective alternative to traditional CPAP. Over 70% of the respondents in this survey chose Bongo Rx. It’s gratifying that years of effort by our team to develop the Bongo Rx have yielded such a great outcome,” Bruce Sher, president of AirAvant Medical, maker of the Bongo Rx, says in a statement.

Blood Pressure Increases With Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Resistant Hypertension 0

Blood Pressure Increases With Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Resistant Hypertension

Obstructive sleep apnea is highly prevalent and more severe disease appears to be associated with higher blood pressure among patients with resistant hypertension, a recent study suggests.

“We believe that OSA plays an important role in the pathogenesis and prognosis of patients with resistant hypertension,” Mireia Dalmases Cleries, MD, a pulmonologist and sleep researcher at the Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova, said in a press release. “Our study shows a dose-response association between OSA severity and blood pressure, especially during the nighttime period.”

Dalmases Cleries and colleagues evaluated 284 patients with resistant hypertension from three countries recruited between April 2016 and July 2018 as an ancillary study to the SARAH study — a multicenter, international, prospective, observational cohort study measuring the effect of OSA and CPAP on cardiovascular outcomes among patients with resistant hypertension. Only patients aged 18 to 75 years with a diagnosis of resistant hypertension confirmed via 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring were included. Patients with life expectancy less than 1 year, undergoing current CPAP treatment or with resistant hypertension secondary to an endocrinological cause, drug treatment, renal artery

Sleep Apnea Severity Shows Dose-response Association to Blood Pressure 0

Sleep Apnea Severity Shows Dose-response Association to Blood Pressure

In patients with high blood pressure resistant to treatment who also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the more severe their OSA, the higher their blood pressure, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

In “Prevalence, Characteristics and Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Blood Pressure Control in Patients with Resistant Hypertension,” Esther Sapiña-Beltrán and colleagues report on a study conducted in 284 patients, ages 18 to 75, who were treated at hospitals in three countries—Spain, Singapore, and Brazil—for resistant hypertension (RH). Of all patients with high blood pressure, those with resistant hypertension, which requires three or more drugs to control, are at greatest risk for a heart attack or other cardiovascular event.

“We believe that OSA plays an important role in the pathogenesis and prognosis of patients with resistant hypertension,” says senior author Mireia Dalmases Cleries, MD, a pulmonologist and sleep researcher at the Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova, in Lleida, Spain, in a release. “Our study shows a dose-response association between OSA severity and blood pressure, especially during the

Orlando 6-year-old Girl Arrested by School Resource Officer 0

Orlando 6-year-old Girl Arrested by School Resource Officer

Kaia’s arrest came after the little girl had a tantrum in class because her sleep apnea prevented her from getting enough rest the night before, reports The Washington Post.

“She has a medical condition that we’re working on getting resolved,” Kirkland said she told Turner. “So he says, ‘What medical condition?’ I said, ‘She has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea.’ He says, ‘Well, I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that.’ ”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/09/orlando-6-year-old-girl-arrested-school-resource-officer/…

Nox Research Presents 3 Abstracts at World Sleep 2019 in Vancouver 0

Nox Research Presents 3 Abstracts at World Sleep 2019 in Vancouver

Here are summaries of Nox Research abstracts presented at World Sleep 2019.

BodySleep: Estimating sleep stages from respiratory and body movements
We propose a method for automatically estimating sleep states (wake, sleep, rem-sleep) from an HSAT sleep study. This is achieved by extracting features from the sleep study data and using a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) for sleep state prediction. Our method was validated against a clinical PSG dataset and shows performance that is compatible with human scored PSG. This will enable sleep clinicians to provide a more detailed diagnosis when doing at-home PG studies, including estimating patient’s sleep structure, identifying rem-related sleep apnea and improving sleep time estimation.

End-to-end machine learning on raw EEG signals for sleep stage classification (co-authored KTH University)
We propose a method for automatic sleep stage classification by feeding raw EEG data into a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), bypassing all feature extraction.  Most previous machine learning based methods have consisted of an EEG feature analysis step before machine learning based classification. Having this EEG feature analysis step before significantly slows down the procedure. Various different

Do Sleep Studies Predict Who Benefits from Adenotonsillectomy? Maybe Not 0

Do Sleep Studies Predict Who Benefits from Adenotonsillectomy? Maybe Not

Pediatricians routinely advise parents of children who snore regularly and have sleepiness, fatigue, or other symptoms consistent with sleep-disordered breathing, to get a sleep study. This can help determine whether their child has obstructive sleep apnea, which is often treated with surgery to remove the tonsils and adenoids (adenotonsillectomy). Often pediatricians make surgery recommendations based on the results of this sleep study.

But a new finding from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) suggests that the pediatric sleep study—used to both diagnose pediatric sleep apnea and to measure improvement after surgery—may be an unreliable predictor of who will benefit from having an adenotonsillectomy.

About 500,000 children under age 15 have adenotonsillectomies every year in the United States to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the surgery as a first-line therapy to treat the condition, which can cause behavioral issues, cardiovascular problems, poor growth, and developmental delays. The premise is that surgically removing or reducing the severity of the obstruction to the upper airway will improve sleep and reduce other problems caused by the

The Snoring Mouthpiece Review Publishes Post On Z Quiet, A Device Designed To Prevent Snoring And Its Complications 0

The Snoring Mouthpiece Review Publishes Post On Z Quiet, A Device Designed To Prevent Snoring And Its Complications

The Snoring Mouthpiece Review, which is based in Long Beach, California, has published a new blog post that discusses the causes and complications of snoring and its possible solutions. The blog post is titled, “Snoring: Causes And Complications Of It.” The article points out that it is heavy snoring that people should worry about because something more serious could be going on, such as sleep apnea.

Steve Walker, author of the article, says, “The vibrating nasal tissue is what causes the snoring sound. The more it vibrates, the louder the sound. There are various causes of snoring. In general, it is due to the tissues and muscles in the airway that tend to collapse and block the airway while a person is asleep. But what is more important to know are the potential complications of heavy snoring, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and even falling asleep while driving.”

Vibrating nasal tissue is the main reason for the snoring sound. This is caused by the relaxed throat or nasal tissues through which the air goes through while a …

How To Go Back To Sleep When You Wake Up At Night 0

How To Go Back To Sleep When You Wake Up At Night

How to go back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night was one of the most requested topics from last week’s survey, so I thought I’d address the subject ASAP.

Waking up in the middle of the night is a common and frustrating problem that affects every person at some point in their lives. You may not know this, but the most prevalent form of insomnia is called sleep maintenance insomnia, and it can cause multiple nighttime awakenings, so having a strategy for this situation can be helpful before it gets to be a full-blown sleep disorder. 

Many sleep disruptions can be caused by either internal (e.g., biological) or external (environmental) factors. Whatever the case may be, lying awake at night will leave you exhausted the next day, so here are my tips to help you get back to sleep. 

Internal Factors:

Don’t Go to the Bathroom, Unless You Need to!

When someone wakes up in the middle of the night and has to go to the bathroom, they often think, “Well, since I’m up, I