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  • Request For Applications: National Sleep Foundation Research Project

    mrobbins
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS Deadline: September 30, 2015   Visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org for more!
  • 2015 Sleep and Pain

    mrobbins
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Sleep Polls & Data The 2015 Sleep in America™ poll finds that pain joins two related concerns – stress and poor health – as key correlates of shorter sleep durations and worse sleep quality. But... Visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org for more!
  • 2015 Sleep in America™ Poll Finds Pain a Significant Challenge When It Comes to Americans’ Sleep

    mrobbins
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    A new poll by the National Sleep Foundation finds that pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re getting – an average 42 minute sleep... Visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org for more!
  • Insomnia Cast Needed

    mrobbins
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    The National Sleep Foundation is looking for individuals to be part of an online video cast that will highlight the true stories of insomnia sufferers from across the country. Cast members will offer... Visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org for more!
  • National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times

    mrobbins
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued its new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations. The report recommends wider appropriate sleep ranges... Visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org for more!
 
 
 
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    MedWorm: Snoring

  • Diaphragm Pacing without Tracheostomy in Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome Patients

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    Conclusions: DP without tracheostomy can be successfully achieved in patients with CCHS. Snoring and obstructive apneas, when present, can be managed by diaphragm pacer changes and medical therapies. Obesity can pose a challenge to successful DP.Respiration (Source: Respiration)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Increased Prevalence of Sleep Apnea in Children with Pseudohypoparathyroidism Type 1a

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Conclusions: Children with PHP1a have a 4.4-fold greater relative risk of sleep apnea than similarly obese children. Screening for sleep apnea in this population may be warranted to prevent adverse health outcomes.Horm Res Paediatr (Source: Hormone Research in Paediatrics)
  • Lateral facial profile may reveal the risk for sleep disordered breathing in children-The PANIC-study.

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    CONCLUSION: In addition to orthodontists, it would be advantageous if also other healthcare professionals could play a key role in identifying certain risk features for SDB. However, the present results indicate that, in order to recognize the morphological risk for SDB, one would need to be trained for the purpose and, as well, needs sufficient knowledge of the growth and development of the face. PMID: 25892581 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica)
  • How Poor Sleep Might Shape Mental Health Later In Life

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    This study was published online April 15 in the journal Neurology. Several study authors received industry support within the past two years and held patents involving procedures related to the study. A number of groups funded this research, such as the Foundation for Research in Sleep Disorders and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. More from dailyRx: Sleep On It: Asthma Tied To Sleep Breathing Problems How Your Gender Could Affect Your Brain Health Just Say 'Om' For Better Brain Health -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject…
  • Playing a wind instrument 'helps you sleep'

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Learning to play a wind instrument could be the key to stopping snoring, it has been claimed (Source: Telegraph Health)
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    MedWorm: Sleep Apnea

  • The effects of continuous positive airway pressure on postoperative outcomes in obstructive sleep apnea patients undergoing surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    CONCLUSIONS: Our review suggests that there was no significant difference in the postoperative adverse events between CPAP and no-CPAP treatment. Patients using CPAP had significantly lower postoperative AHI and a trend toward shorter LOS. There may be potential benefits in the use of CPAP during the perioperative period. PMID: 25899270 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Perioperative lung protective ventilation in obese patients

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    The perioperative use and relevance of protective ventilation in surgical patients is being increasingly recognized. Obesity poses particular challenges to adequate mechanical ventilation in addition to surgical constraints, primarily by restricted lung mechanics due to excessive adiposity, frequent respiratory comorbidities (i.e. sleep apnea, asthma), and concerns of postoperative respiratory depression and other pulmonary complications. The number of surgical patients with obesity is increasing, and facing these challenges is common in the operating rooms and critical care units worldwide.
  • Should all congestive heart failure patients have a routine sleep apnea screening? CON

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Publication date: Available online 23 April 2015 Source:Canadian Journal of Cardiology Author(s): Yanru Li , Lori B. Daniels , Patrick J. Strollo Jr. , Atul Malhotra Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is one of the most common comorbidities in people with congestive heart failure (CHF). Although SDB has major cardiometabolic consequences, the attributable risk of SDB in asymptomatic CHF patients remains unclear. Whether early intervention using positive airway pressure would improve the prognosis in CHF patients is uncertain. As yet, there is insufficient evidence that routine polysomnography…
  • Ascorbic acid attenuates the pressor response to voluntary apnea in postmenopausal women

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Abstract We recently demonstrated that postmenopausal women have an augmented blood pressure response to voluntary apnea compared to premenopausal women. Both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and healthy aging are associated with increased oxidative stress, which may impair cardiovascular function. Restoring physiological responses could have clinical relevance since transient surges in blood pressure are thought to be an important stimulus for end‐organ damage in aging and disease. We tested the hypothesis that acute antioxidant infusion improves physiological responses to voluntary apnea in…
  • The role of the posterior fossa in developing Chiari I malformation in children with craniosynostosis syndromes

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Conclusion Volumes and CV/PFV ratio cannot predict which craniosynostosis patients are more prone to developing CMI than others. Treatment should focus on the skull vault and other contributing factors to increased ICP, including OSA and venous hypertension. (Source: Journal of Cranio Maxillofacial Surgery)
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    MedWorm: Narcolepsy

  • Authors response to “Deficits of attention and cognition in narcoleptic patients – Is it hypocretin dependent?“

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We read with interest the letter by Iatallese et al. regarding our recent article[1]. The authors suggest that cognitive deficits in narcolepsy-cataplexy may be related to medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) dysfunction, which is likely driven by hypocretin deficiency, and that inter-individual cognitive differences in narcolepsy may depend on hypocretin levels. (Source: Sleep Medicine)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Ictal SPECT in patients with rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder is a rapid eye movement parasomnia clinically characterized by acting out dreams due to disinhibition of muscle tone in rapid eye movement sleep. Up to 80–90% of the patients with rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder develop neurodegenerative disorders within 10–15 years after symptom onset. The disorder is reported in 45–60% of all narcoleptic patients. Whether rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder is also a predictor for neurodegeneration in narcolepsy is not known. Although the pathophysiology causing the…
  • The Neurologist in Dante's Inferno

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The year 2015 marks the 750th birth anniversary of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). It is less known that Dante had a sound level of medical knowledge, probably derived by his academic studies. In his works, medieval notions of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology (e.g. the connection between brain and spinal cord, function of optic nerve and peripheral nerves, knowledge of vegetative nervous system) and descriptions of neurological disorders (e.g. epileptic seizures, effects on nervous system by metal intoxication, and narcolepsy) may be found, specially in the Inferno, the first…
  • MicroRNA expression is dysregulated in narcolepsy: a new evidence?

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
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  • Impact of cytokine in type 1 narcolepsy: Role of pandemic H1N1 vaccination ?

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Authors: Lecendreux M, Libri V, Jaussent I, Mottez E, Lopez R, Lavault S, Regnault A, Arnulf I, Dauvilliers Y Abstract Recent advances in the identification of susceptibility genes and environmental exposures (pandemic influenza 2009 vaccination) provide strong support that narcolepsy type 1 is an immune-mediated disease. Considering the limited knowledge regarding the immune mechanisms involved in narcolepsy whether related to flu vaccination or not and the recent progresses in cytokine measurement technology, we assessed 30 cytokines, chemokines and growth factors using the Luminex…
 
 
 
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    Snoring News

  • Shingles Virus May Cause Heart Attacks and Strokes; The CBCD Explains

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The varicella zoster virus (VZV), which causes shingles, is linked to a dangerous decrease in blood flow in the coronary arteries. (1) ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 21, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Ever had chickenpox? The CBCD recommends …
  • Mirror girl spends a daring romantic sleepover dangling off the edge of a cliff

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    … multi-day ascents where the only sleep option is to set up … Farnsworth, who spent three weeks sleeping on portaledges on a South … . We carefully wriggle into our sleeping bags and settle down. The … Anglesey portaledge Scott, annoyingly, is snoring his head off. I resist …
  • Media Sleeps as Clinton Scandals Widen and Deepen

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Despite the constant media coverage regarding Bill Clinton’s tryst with intern Monica Lewinsky, the true Clinton-era scandals barely measured a blip on the media reporting scale. Travel-gate? Largely ignored. Donations to the Clintons from foreign …
  • Sleep 101: Tips for allergy sufferers

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    … causing congestion and disrupting our sleep.” The Culprits According to the … against these effects: Don’t sleep with a pet, they just … frequently. Take steps to control snoring. Use the properties of bedding … bed and comfortable night’s sleep. Visit www.aller-ease.com for …
  • How to stop snoring: 7 tips to help you or your partner, recommended by health experts

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    … alleviate snoring 2. Try to sleep on your side Try to sleep on … airway. Sleeping on your side prevents this. Is your partner snoring? Try … an over-the-counter remedy The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association website has … try at home, including pillows, Snore Calm products, mouth-guards, nasal strips …
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    The Insomnia Blog - Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, PhD

  • You're awake but you can't move: the scary state of sleep paralysis

    Dr. Michael Breus
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Have you ever suffered an episode of sleep paralysis? It can be a tremendously frightening experience, one you’re not likely to forget. You wake from sleep immobilized, unable to move your body or turn your head. You try to make a sound, but you can’t open your mouth. You feel short of breath, with a strong feeling of pressure on your chest, weighing your body down. You feel a deep sense of dread or danger—maybe you even feel there’s a strange presence in the room. As frightening as it is, sleep paralysis—one form of parasomnia—isn’t actually dangerous, nor is it typically a…
  • Do Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Drug and Alcohol Problems?

    Dr. Michael Breus
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    When thinking about the factors that contribute to teenage drinking and drug use, sleep may not make many parents’ lists. But it should. New research investigating the relationship between sleep and substance use among adolescents has found that sleep troubles in teens can predict several problems related to drinking and drug use, including binge drinking and driving while under the influence.  Scientists at Idaho State University investigated the relationship between sleep and substance problems among a group of 6,504 teenagers, using both interviews and questionnaires. Researchers…
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    Sleep Advice, Tips, and Information from SleepBetter.org

  • Vast Majority of Office Workers are Sleep Deprived

    Staff
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    It’s no shock that a lot of us don’t get near the amount of sleep we need, but sometimes a study comes along that quantifies it in a way that reminds us that changes need to be made. Most... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Ask SleepBetter: Sleeping with the TV

    Staff
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer?  Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter.  You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • At Risk for Sleep Apnea? Learn to Play the Flute!

    Staff
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Every so often, we here at SleepBetter come across a sleep-related story that sounds too weird to be true.  Sometimes they are, but this one actually makes sense when you think about it. Researchers... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Scientists Link Sleep Apnea to Memory Loss

    Staff
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Sleep apnea is a scary disorder.  At minimum, it can cause its sufferers to be tired all day regardless of how much time they spend in bed.  At extremes, it can be fatal.  Scientists are now warning... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Deep Sleep for Space Travel

    Staff
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Remember when you were a kid, and your parents loaded you into the car for a long trip?  Many times on those trips, you’d fall asleep for a large portion of the trip, and find that it seemed... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
 
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    Insomnia Blog

  • What are the best sleeping pills?

    Martin Reed
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Consumer Reports set out to determine the best sleeping pills for insomnia by comparing effectiveness, safety and price of the most common sleep aids. All the sleeping pills evaluated had to be approved by the FDA for treating insomnia. You can read their full findings (all nine pages) via the source link at the bottom of this post but here’s a general overview. The best prescription pills for insomnia Consumer Reports concluded that eszopiclone (Lunesta), ramelteon (Rozerem), zaleplon (Sonata) and zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar and Zolpimist) are effective but are no better than…
  • The prevalence (and causes) of insomnia in children

    Martin Reed
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
    A study by the National Sleep Foundation has estimated that nearly half of teenagers in the United States aren’t getting enough sleep (in three-quarters of those cases, insomnia was to blame for that lack of sleep) and nearly a third of teenagers are only getting a borderline acceptable amount of sleep. Furthermore, it’s not just teenagers that are seeing increasing rates of insomnia and sleep disturbance. Between 20% and 30% of children under five suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Even in childhood, it’s thought that stress is the number one cause of insomnia; from…
  • Does social anxiety lead to insomnia?

    Martin Reed
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    We already know there’s a link between sleep disturbance and anxiety – and, since one of the most prevalent forms of anxiety is social anxiety, it makes sense that these individuals may have the highest rates of insomnia. I recently came across a study that looked to investigate this relationship.  Researchers measured 176 participants using the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale and the Insomnia Severity Index. They found that those with social anxiety were indeed more likely to experience symptoms of insomnia. More specifically, those with social anxiety were found to have…
  • Too much sleep is more dangerous than not enough sleep

    Martin Reed
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    I’ve written before about the unnecessary pressure many people put themselves under to get that magical eight hours of sleep. Many of us don’t need eight hours of sleep. In fact, one study suggests that the longer we sleep, the higher our risk of death. A UK researcher analyzed 16 studies and divided participants into three groups: Those who reported getting less than six hours of sleep each night, Those who reported getting between six and eight hours of sleep each night, Those who reported getting more than eight hours of sleep each night. Although 12% more of those in the…
  • The vicious cycle of insomnia

    Martin Reed
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Many individuals on my free sleep training course for insomnia find sleep difficult because they worry excessively about their sleep. The more they worry about sleep, the more difficult sleep becomes. What may start out as just a few nights of sleeplessness can turn into long-term, chronic insomnia. Before they know it, they’re stuck in the vicious cycle of insomnia; worry makes sleep difficult, which leads to more worry and even more sleep issues. In other words, the more we think about stressful situations (such as an inability to sleep), the more our sleep suffers. This cycle has…
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    Cures for Insomnia Now!

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    SiteAdmin
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Lower blood pressure might not always be better insomnia natural remedies Please do not recommend a home remedy. I have tried several, to no avail. A: We understand your reservations about home remedies. Such approaches are rarely, if ever, tested scientifically. You might want to ask your dermatologist about a prescription … Read more on Tri-State Neighbor Ask JJ: Getting to Sleep insomnia natural remedies "Alcohol plays a nasty trick on your body," says Lisa Medalie, PsyD, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at the University of Chicago. "Drinking within ……
  • select:Expert: Could Treating Sleep Problems Help With PTSD?

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    17 Apr 2015 | 12:21 am
    Expert: Could Treating Sleep Problems Help With PTSD? sleeping problems Newswise — Sleep problems—a common condition among military personnel—may increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions. So concludes a team of researchers at the RAND Corporation, … Read more on Newswise (press release)Are you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Heavy Snoring, Apnea Tied to Earlier Brain Troubles sleeping problems It didn't prove that sleep apnea or snoring caused the…
  • select:Acupuncture Plus Herbs Relieve Perimenopause Insomnia

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    11 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    Acupuncture Plus Herbs Relieve Perimenopause Insomnia treatment insomnia Combining acupuncture with a special Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal formula relieves perimenopausal insomnia. Acupuncture, as a standalone treatment modality, is found effective for the treatment of perimenopausal related insomnia in a … Read more on HealthCMiAre you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Viewpoint: Support PTSD therapy treatment insomnia It will also measure the lowered levels of insomnia, pain management through prescription…
  • select:Prescription drugs involved in 82% of overdose deaths, Victoria coroner says

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    5 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Prescription drugs involved in 82% of overdose deaths, Victoria coroner says xanax insomnia The number of deaths associated with prescription drugs used to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia are increasing at a “frightening” rate, a coroner has told attendees at a medical conference in Melbourne. Prescription drugs were involved in 82% of … Read more on The GuardianAre you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Recall of medicines in bottles that aren't child-proof xanax insomnia All batches of insomnia medicine Halcion,…
  • select:Health-related events, classes, more around Asheville

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    31 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Health-related events, classes, more around Asheville sleep apnea test It also provides valuable information on what treatment choices are available, how medications, diet and exercise work together to keep you healthy, and assistance with insurance questions. Held every first and third Tuesday. To register, call 828-255 … Read more on Asheville Citizen-Times Adding years to her life: Bariatric surgery exceeds patient's expectations sleep apnea test It's combated with insulin therapy, but Schon's high resistance to insulin made her treatment complicated. … Weight-loss…
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    Sleep Junkies

  • More ways sleep can protect your health

    Contributor
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    Why do we sleep? This is an age-old question with no easy answer. There are several theories, from it being a holdover evolutionary trait that kept early humans safe at night, to sleep being a necessary time for the body to heal and restore itself. There are many good reasons to get a good night's sleep. Sleep as a learning aid Recent research into sleep has also given us insight into brain plasticity theory. This compelling theory shows that sleep is also a time when our brain forges new pathways, helping to cement our learning and memories of the previous day's events. This theory explains…
  • 5 productivity boosting sleep hacks for 2015

    Contributor
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    It’s no secret that you’re a better person, employee, partner, and parent when you’ve gotten a solid night of sleep. In fact sleep has become known as one of the most important parts of productivity. It’s also become one of the first things sacrificed to keep up in the modern world. What’s replaced sleep are things like energy drinks, expensive gourmet coffees, and other unhealthy alternatives for keeping up with the pace of modern life. But why are we bothering to bombard our bodies with unnecessary stimulants if the solution is as simple as getting higher quality sleep. Notice…
  • The science of sleep, creativity and insomnia

    Jeff Mann
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    What drives human progress? How did we manage to leap-frog the evolutionary ladder to become the most successful species this planet has ever witnessed? How did we create a society that is so complex we can now build machines that think for themselves? Some would say it was all about opposable thumbs and the use of tools. Or human language. Or the transition from a hunter-gatherer to an agrarian society. Or the discovery of fire, which enabled cooking, in turn gifting us large brains. Whatever your opinion, each of these uniquely human developments have one thing in common. They were…
  • Practical tips for coping with night shifts

    Contributor
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Those of us who work nine-to-five office hours often look forward to the journey home and, later in the evening, being wrapped up in bed. It’s easy to forget though that as you're sipping your cocoa and getting ready to hit the hay, millions of people are just getting ready to start their daily work routine. Medics and psychologists often have plenty to say about working nights, highlighting not only the potential detriment to your social life, but also the potential physical effects on the body and brain. Indeed, a study from the Sleep Research Centre in Surrey last year linked working…
  • The Four Commandments of CPAP equipment care

    Contributor
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Sleep apnea affects millions across North America and around the globe. The most common way to treat the condition is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. CPAP machines can help tremendously in alleviating the symptoms of sleep apnea and getting a a good night's rest. However, in order to get the best from your equipment you need to be aware of the specific care requirements for CPAP systems including the machine itself, the mask, tubing, and filter system. We have compiled a tight, compact list of To Do’s Commandments when generally caring for your CPAP. Here they are: Daily or…
 
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    Sleep News

  • Request For Applications: National Sleep Foundation Research Project

    mrobbins
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS Deadline: September 30, 2015
  • 2015 Sleep and Pain

    mrobbins
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Sleep Polls & DataThe 2015 Sleep in America™ poll finds that pain joins two related concerns – stress and poor health – as key correlates of shorter sleep durations and worse sleep quality. But there are paths to resolving the problem: The sleep gap narrows sharply among those who make sleep a priority. March 1-7, 2015 is Sleep Awareness Week. Celebrate sleep, improve your health. Learn more about our poll results below:
  • 2015 Sleep in America™ Poll Finds Pain a Significant Challenge When It Comes to Americans’ Sleep

    mrobbins
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    A new poll by the National Sleep Foundation finds that pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re getting – an average 42 minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve suffered from acute pain in the past week.
  • Insomnia Cast Needed

    mrobbins
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    The National Sleep Foundation is looking for individuals to be part of an online video cast that will highlight the true stories of insomnia sufferers from across the country. Cast members will offer insight into the impact that insomnia has had on them and their lives by chronicling their sleep struggles through video, blog posts, pictures and more.  Selected cast members will receive a small weekly stipend.
  • National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times

    mrobbins
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued its new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations. The report recommends wider appropriate sleep ranges for most age groups. The results are published in Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.
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    Sleep Scholar

  • ONE-ON-ONE with Dr. Michael DiTolla

    Erin Elliott
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    This interview was previously published in Chairside Dental Magazine Digital Edition Interview with Dr. Erin Elliott Erin Elliott, DDSMichael C. DiTolla, DDS, FAGD INTERVIEW of Erin Elliott, DDS by Michael C. DiTolla, DDS, FAGD Dr. Michael DiTolla: I’m happy to have with us today Dr. Erin Elliott, who I met not too long ago when I was up at the Idaho State Dental Association meeting. I really liked what she had to say about her practice, because I think her two areas of emphasis are great for any dentist just getting out of school, or for those whose practices are in need of a boost. These…
  • The Economics of Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea

    Randy Clare
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    CPAP has been the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea, but custom oral appliances (OAs) are steadily gaining increased respect in the medical community. The problem is that while OAs lack the history of CPAP, the price of custom oral appliances is distinctly the gold standard, with most custom oral appliances in the $2K to $4K range. Sleep physicians who determine that CPAP is just not working for their patients want to help, but many are hesitant to recommend a pricey alternative that may, or may not, work. Dennis Hwang, MD, has seen the dilemma too many times during his…
  • Narval CC & D-SAD Strap Failures: Where would you place the Fuse?

    John Viviano DDS
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Although 3D printed nylon appliances such as the Narval CC by ResMed and D-Sad by Panthera have demonstrated themselves to be extremely robust, it turns out that they do have an “Achilles Heel”; the advancement strap. Even though this only applies to those patients that adequately challenge their appliance through extreme bruxism, it would be prudent, to have a plan in place to manage this issue.   Let’s start by understanding the “raison d’etre”. The easiest way to explain this is by comparing the advancement strap to an electrical fuse. Patented in 1880 by Thomas…
  • Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA the Orthodontic Approach

    Randy Clare
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    I just finished presenting strategies for home sleep testing and the Nox T3 at a Henry Schein Orthodontic sleep course in Savannah Georgia. These courses are designed for the orthodontist who wishes to add Sleep Apnea Therapy to their practice. The presenter was Dr Lou Chmura a Michigan orthodontist who has an terrific presentation style, engaging and passionate.  I have been attending meetings like this for over 20 years. This series of lectures are presented from an orthodontic perspective (naturally). I was surprised at the different point of view from the meetings I typically attend…
  • American Sleep And Breathing Academy – A Great Group to Join

    Randy Clare
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Below is a letter I recieved from Dr Richard Klien after that 2015 ASBA Sleep Conference in Scottsdale Arizona. It is great to have positive feedback as the course come to a close and we begin planning ASBA Sleep Conference 2016. David Gergen with Congressman Marty Russo at ASBA 2015 meeting in Scottsdale AZ                   There comes a time when an organization or a team has its epiphany on its path to greatness.  I saw this moment in Scottsdale.  “A real team consists of many people of different talents, different personalities and…
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    Reverie

  • 10 Daytime Habits That Make You Sleep Better

    Oxford Digital
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    If you’re trying to sleep better and nothing seems to be working, consider this your daily checklist for more restful nights. Anybody got a pen? 1)    Eat Plenty of Magnesium It’s been called “the most powerful relaxation mineral available,” but that’s not the only reason you want to increase your intake of this oft-forgotten nutrient: It also helps to control inflammation and lower your risk of osteoporosis. Studies have shown that optimal magnesium intake is important for sleep regulation, so aim for 310 to 420 milligrams of the stuff every day, especially as you approach…
  • Does Less Sleep Mean Less Sex?

    Oxford Digital
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    If you’re having trouble getting good quality sleep, shuteye might not be the only thing your bedroom is lacking. A lot of (remarkably fascinating!) science has demonstrated that when it comes to sex, insomnia and related conditions can have a tremendous impact on quality and quantity. Surprised? Well turns out sex and sleep really are inextricably linked, and not just because they usually take place in bed. The biggest contributor to a lessened sex drive is usually a fall in testosterone. Now, this hormone doesn’t just build muscle and lower risks of heart disease, diabetes,…
  • Stay Sharp! Sleep, Aging, and Your Brain

    Oxford Digital
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    It’s an unfortunate but nearly universal fact that as we age, we become a little less…um…what’s the word we’re looking for… quick. Or, as our slowed synapses might have it, the brain don’t work so good no more. This is nothing to get down on yourself for—deficits in cognitive performance are a universal consequence of the aging process. It can start from as early as 45 years old, and its myriad forms—cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease—stem from the same basic condition: age. Like your skin and your bones, your brain gradually becomes weaker over time, and…
  • Best Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

    Oxford Digital
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    When you have a tiny human being curled up in your abdomen, your body reacts in unexpected ways. You taste metal al the time. Gingivitis comes out of nowhere. You keep falling the heck over. Yep, there’s a lot they don’t tell you about baby building. As the trimesters pass, even sleep loses its comfortable predictability. Heartburn, frequent urination, and restless leg syndrome are the usual culprits, but ultimately, the biggest source of insomnia is often the belly itself. After all, within the short space of a few months, your center of gravity has dramatically shifted and you take up…
  • The Best Exercises for the Best Sleep

    Oxford Digital
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Here’s the first lesson of Sleep 101: regular exercise is an absolute essential for better shuteye. As we’ve said before, scientists have found that, among other benefits, physical activity is useful as “a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep”—and maybe it’s no coincidence that sleep, in turn, is a powerful way to increase athletic performance. Of course, we’re practically always engaged in some kind of “physical activity,” and the call to exercise conjures up vastly different ideas for different people. So where does science stand on what level of physical…
 
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