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  • Just a Half Hour of Lost Sleep Linked to Weight Gain

    WebMD Health Channel - Sleep Disorders
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    And that sleep shortage may have implications for diabetes, study says
  • Top Five Spring Cleaning Sleep Tips

    Sleep Advice, Tips, and Information from
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    After a long and, for many Americans, extraordinarily cold and snowy winter, springtime is finally on the horizon. And, people hoping to improve the quality of their sleep should see spring as a... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Sleep Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ

    MedicineNet Sleep General
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Title: Sleep Quiz: Test Your Medical IQCategory: MedicineNet QuizCreated: 7/21/2010 2:46:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 3/13/2015 6:27:02 PM
  • Depression

    MedicineNet Sleep Apnea Specialty
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Title: DepressionCategory: Symptoms and SignsCreated: 10/13/2003 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Odds Ratio Product of Sleep EEG as a Continuous Measure of Sleep State

    MedWorm: Sleep Disorders
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions:Our results support the use of the odds ratio product (ORP) as a continuous measure of sleep depth.Citation:Younes M, Ostrowski M, Soiferman M, Younes H, Younes M, Raneri J, Hanly P. Odds ratio product of sleep EEG as a continuous measure of sleep state. SLEEP 2015;38(4):641–654. (Source: Sleep)
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  • Depression

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Title: DepressionCategory: Symptoms and SignsCreated: 10/13/2003 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Sleep Pictures Slideshow: Foods That Help or Harm Your Sleep

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Sleep Pictures Slideshow: Foods That Help or Harm Your SleepCategory: SlideshowsCreated: 11/17/2008 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or SEID)

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or SEID)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Health Tip: Talking in Your Sleep

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Health Tip: Talking in Your SleepCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/23/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/23/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Deviated Septum

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Deviated SeptumCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 5/6/2011 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/20/2015 12:00:00 AM
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    MedWorm: Sleep Disorders

  • Odds Ratio Product of Sleep EEG as a Continuous Measure of Sleep State

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions:Our results support the use of the odds ratio product (ORP) as a continuous measure of sleep depth.Citation:Younes M, Ostrowski M, Soiferman M, Younes H, Younes M, Raneri J, Hanly P. Odds ratio product of sleep EEG as a continuous measure of sleep state. SLEEP 2015;38(4):641–654. (Source: Sleep)
  • Local Increase of Sleep Slow Wave Activity after Three Weeks of Working Memory Training in Children and Adolescents

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions:The increase in slow wave activity (SWA) correlates with cognitive training-induced plasticity in a region known to be involved in working memory performance. Thus, in future, the mapping of sleep SWA may be used to longitudinally monitor the effects of working memory training in children and adolescents with working memory deficiencies.Citation:Pugin F, Metz AJ, Wolf M, Achermann P, Jenni OG, Huber R. Local increase of sleep slow wave activity after three weeks of working memory training in children and adolescents. SLEEP 2015;38(4):607–614. (Source: Sleep)MedWorm Sponsor…
  • Psychomotor Vigilance Task Performance During and Following Chronic Sleep Restriction in Rats

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions:A 28-h period of the 3/1 chronic sleep restriction (CSR) protocol disrupted performance on a sustained attention task in rats, as sleep deprivation does in humans. Performance improved after longer periods of CSR, suggesting allostatic adaptation, contrary to some reports of progressive deterioration in psychomotor vigilance task performance during CSR in humans. However, as observed in humans, there were individual differences among rats in the vulnerability of their attention performance to CSR.Citation:Deurveilher S, Bush JE, Rusak B, Eskes GA, Semba K. Psychomotor vigilance…
  • Nightmares: Risk Factors Among the Finnish General Adult Population

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions: Symptoms of depression and insomnia were the strongest predictors of frequent nightmares in this dataset. Additionally, a wide variety of factors related to psychological and physical well-being were associated with nightmare frequency with modest effect sizes. Hence, nightmare frequency appears to have a strong connection with sleep and mood problems, but is also associated with a variety of measures of psychological and physical well-being. Citation: Sandman N, Valli K, Kronholm E, Revonsuo A, Laatikainen T, Paunio T. Nightmares: risk factors among the finnish general adult…
  • Sleep Duration and Mortality: A Prospective Study of 113,138 Middle-Aged and Elderly Chinese Men and Women

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusion:In our study population of Chinese adults, shorter and longer sleep durations were independently associated with increased risk of mortality. But longer sleep duration had a higher mortality risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes than short sleep.Citation:Cai H, Shu XO, Xiang YB, Yang G, Li H, Ji BT, Gao J, Gao YT, Zheng W. Sleep duration and mortality: a prospective study of 113,138 middle-aged and elderly Chinese men and women. SLEEP 2015;38(4):529–536. (Source: Sleep)
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    MedWorm: Snoring

  • Trauma and syncope-evidence for further sleep study? A case report.

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We report on an 83-year-old male with traumatic brain injury after syncope with a fall in the morning. He had a history of seizures, coronary artery disease and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). No medical cause for seizures and syncope was determined. During rehabilitation, the patient still complained of seizures, and also reported sleepiness and snoring. Sleep apnea diagnostics revealed obstructive sleep apnea (SA) with an apnea-hypopnoea index of 35/h, and sudden onset of tachycardia with variations of heart rate based on paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Additional tests showed…
  • Prognosis for Spontaneous Resolution of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children.

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Conclusions: Many candidates for AT no longer have OSAS on polysomnography after 7 months of watchful waiting, whereas meaningful improvement in symptoms is not common. In practice, a baseline low AHI and normal waist circumference, or low PSQ and snoring score, may help identify an opportunity to avoid adenotonsillectomy. Clinical Trials Registration: Childhood Adenotonsillectomy Study for Children with OSAS (CHAT). Identifier #NCT00560859. PMID: 25811889 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Chest)
  • Snoring but not sleepiness is associated with increased aortic root diameter in hypertensive patients. The SLEEPART study

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It is now well demonstrated that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) predisposes patients to cardiovascular events [1]. Recently, its role was demonstrated in the pathogenesis of dilatation of the ascending aorta and the resultant complications. Thus, the diameter of the aortic root was found to be greater in subjects with OSA [2]. This diameter increases when oxygen saturation is low [3,4] and is independently correlated with the apnea-hypopnea index [2]. Sampol et al. showed that subjects with type A aortic dissection suffered more severe OSA than hypertensive subjects with no known aortic…
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Following Pharyngeal Flap Surgery for Velopharyngeal Insufficiency: A Prospective Polysomnographic and Aerodynamic Study in Middle-Aged Adults.

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    CONCLUSION:   A significant number of middle-aged adults with repaired cleft palate had OSA and related symptoms, regardless of the presence of a pharyngeal flap. Results suggest that VPI treatment with a flap may not cause sleep-disordered breathing in the cleft population. Besides advancing age, congenital upper airway abnormalities may be involved. PMID: 25794015 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal)
  • The effects of oropharyngeal–lingual exercises in patients with primary snoring

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    In conclusion, doing the OPL exercises significantly decreases the severity of PS. (Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology)
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    MedWorm: Sleep Apnea

  • Sleep Disorders and Increased Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Individuals without Sleep Apnea

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusion:Patients with non-apnea sleep disorder were associated with a higher risk for developing autoimmune diseases.Citation:Hsiao YH, Chen YT, Tseng CM, Wu LA, Lin WC, Su VY, Perng DW, Chang SC, Chen YM, Chen TJ, Lee YC, Chou KT. Sleep disorders and increased risk of autoimmune diseases in individuals without sleep apnea. SLEEP 2015;38(4):581–586. (Source: Sleep)
  • Association between Maternal Symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing and Fetal Telomere Length

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusion: Our results provide the first evidence demonstrating shortened telomere length among fetuses exposed to maternal symptoms of sleep disordered breathing during pregnancy, and suggest sleep disordered breathing as a possible mechanism of accelerated chromosomal aging. Citation: Salihu HM, King L, Patel P, Paothong A, Pradhan A, Louis J, Naik E, Marty PJ, Whiteman V. Association between maternal symptoms of sleep disordered breathing and fetal telomere length. SLEEP 2015;38(4):559–566. (Source: Sleep)
  • Detection of Upper Airway Status and Respiratory Events by a Current Generation Positive Airway Pressure Device

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions:A device-detected apnea-hypopnea index (AHIFlow) < 10 events/h on a positive airway pressure device is strong evidence of good treatment efficacy. Device-detected airway status agrees closely with the presumed airway status during polysomnography scored events, but should not be equated with a specific type of respiratory event.Citation:Li QY, Berry RB, Goetting MG, Staley B, Soto-Calderon H, Tsai SC, Jasko JG, Pack AI, Kuna ST. Detection of upper airway status and respiratory events by a current generation positive airway pressure device. SLEEP 2015;38(4):597–605.
  • Sustained Sleep Fragmentation Induces Sleep Homeostasis in Mice

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions:Chronic sleep fragmentation (SF) increased sleep pressure confirming that altered quality with preserved quantity triggers core sleep homeostasis mechanisms. However, it did not induce the expression of genes induced by sleep loss, suggesting that these molecular pathways are not sustainably activated in chronic diseases involving SF.Citation:Baud MO, Magistretti PJ, Petit JM. Sustained sleep fragmentation induces sleep homeostasis in mice. SLEEP 2015;38(4):567–579. (Source: Sleep)
  • Tongue Stiffness is Lower in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea during Wakefulness Compared with Matched Control Subjects

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusions:In awake subjects with obstructive sleep apnea, the tongue is less stiff than in similar healthy subjects and this difference occurs in the muscle fiber direction. CPAP did not significantly reduce tongue stiffness. Thus, any change in neural drive to genioglossus during wakefulness is insufficient to restore normal tongue stiffness.Citation:Brown EC, Cheng S, McKenzie DK, Butler JE, Gandevia SC, Bilston LE. Tongue stiffness is lower in patients with obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness compared with matched control subjects. SLEEP 2015;38(4):537–544. (Source:…
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    MedWorm: Narcolepsy

  • Psychiatric Comorbidity and Cognitive Profile in Children with Narcolepsy with or without Association to the H1N1 Influenza Vaccination

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Conclusion:Our study indicates increased psychiatric comorbidity in children and adolescents with narcolepsy. The identified cognitive profile with significantly lower verbal comprehension and working memory compared with the normal mean index could have important implications for social relations and schooling. The small numbers of patients with nPHV narcolepsy make it difficult to draw firm conclusions about the possible differences between the two groups of patients.Citation:Szakács A, Hallböök T, Tideman P, Darin N, Wentz E. Psychiatric comorbidity and cognitive profile…
  • When a serum test overrides the clinical assessment

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We report a patient whose diagnosis was established only after traditional clinical assessments prevailed over a presumably abnormal serum test result. (Source: Neurology)
  • Grey matter atrophy in narcolepsy: An Activation Likelihood Estimation meta-analysis

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Publication date: Available online 28 March 2015 Source:Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews Author(s): Hsu-Huei Weng , Chih-Feng Chen , Yuan-Hsiung Tsai , Chih-Ying Wu , Meng Lee , Yu-Ching Lin , Cheng-Ta Yang , Ying-Huang Tsai , Chun-Yuh Yang The authors reviewed the literature on the use of voxel-based morphometry (VBM) in narcolepsy magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies via the use of a meta-analysis of neuroimaging to identify concordant and specific structural deficits in patients with narcolepsy as compared with healthy subjects. We used PubMed to retrieve articles published…
  • Glasgow woman who had swine flu jab while pregnant says it triggered narcolepsy

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Heather McFarlane, 40, says her life has been ruined by crippling sleep disorder, which began after having a swine flu jab during her third pregnancy in 2009. The mum is now seeking damages. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
  • Defects of mutant DNMT1 are linked to a spectrum of neurological disorders

    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We report a broader than previously appreciated clinical spectrum for hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1E (HSAN1E) and a potential pathogenic mechanism for DNA methyltransferase (DNMT1) mutations. The clinical presentations and genetic characteristics of nine newly identified HSAN1E kinships (45 affected subjects) were investigated. Five novel mutations of DNMT1 were discovered; p.C353F, p.T481P, p.P491L, p.Y524D and p.I531N, all within the target-sequence domain, and two mutations (p.T481P, p.P491L) arising de novo. Recently, HSAN1E has been suggested as an allelic disorder…
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    Narcolepsy News

  • Study: Vitamin A is Essential for the Immune System; The CBCD Reviews the Study

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Understanding how vitamin A controls immunity will help … heighten host resistance to infectious disease. (1) ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2015 / -- “Infected with a latent virus such as herpes, HPV, EBV, CMV, or …
  • Pyrogen Testing Market (In Vitro, LAL, Rabbit Test) Worth $823.14 Million by 2019

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    This report segments the global pyrogen testing market by applications, products, tests, and geographies. DALLAS, TEXAS, USA, March 31, 2015 / -- Pyrogen testing is mandatory for all drugs and medical devices intended for medical or …
  • Her Excellency Dr. Ocansey Unmasks Ebola Impact!

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    University of Alberta-Canada Ebola Symposium EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, March 31, 2015 / -- March 31, 2015- Edmonton-Canada: Notable Diasporan African leader and renowned philanthropist, Her Excellency Rev. Dr. Ocansey, delivered a …
  • New Job Site Launches for Local Caregivers in San Diego

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    A new job site for San Diego agencies, facilities and families to find local caregivers. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA, March 31, 2015 / -- The newly launched job site, caregiver jobs san diego, now offers caregivers the ability to search …
  • Orthopaedic & Spine Center Releases Guide to Conservative Treatment

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    New resource explores non-surgical options for those suffering from hip, knee, and spine problems. NEWPORT NEWS, VA, USA, March 31, 2015 / -- The physicians at Orthopaedic & Spine Center have put together an information guide – …
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    Snoring News

  • Gadgets: Beddit sensor analyzes sleep time and quality

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    … . While you sleep, the sensor analyzes areas such as snoring, how much … the best night's sleep possible. Snoring is a big topic … can even discern who is snoring if there's more … best possible night of sleep. Some might sleep for days. www.beddit …
  • Study: Vitamin A is Essential for the Immune System; The CBCD Reviews the Study

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Understanding how vitamin A controls immunity will help … heighten host resistance to infectious disease. (1) ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2015 / -- “Infected with a latent virus such as herpes, HPV, EBV, CMV, or …
  • How much sleep do you really need?

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    … go to sleep. This fragmented sleeping habits can result in poor sleep patterns … of your sleeping problem is not a lack of sleeping pills. 5 … have trouble sleeping, if you have issues with severe snoring, mood or wakening unrefreshed despite what should be adequate length sleep …
  • Foyles to release sleep-detector bookmark

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    … in order to detect any snoring or heavy breathing before waking … he starts drifting off to sleep in an uncomfortable position. The …
  • Pyrogen Testing Market (In Vitro, LAL, Rabbit Test) Worth $823.14 Million by 2019

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    This report segments the global pyrogen testing market by applications, products, tests, and geographies. DALLAS, TEXAS, USA, March 31, 2015 / -- Pyrogen testing is mandatory for all drugs and medical devices intended for medical or …
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    Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

  • Natural sleep cycles identified in rural community - new study finds

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    A new study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, has identified a rural community in Brazil that still follows the earlier sleep and wake times similar to pre-industrial times. The team of researchers from the University of Surrey and the University of São Paulo studied the population of Baependi, a small rural town in south-eastern Brazil, whose sleep/wake cycle is much more aligned with that of our ancestors. “In big cities, the availability of cheap electricity has brought us both artificial lighting and a multitude of other electronic devices that compete with us going…
  • Brain waves predict our risk for insomnia

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    There may not yet be a cure for insomnia, but Concordia University researchers are a step closer to predicting who is most likely to suffer from it—just in time for World Sleep Day on March 13. In his study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Thien Thanh Dang-Vu, from Concordia’s Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology and PERFORM Center, explores the impact of stress on sleep. Although researchers already know that stressful events can trigger insomnia, the experiment reveals that some people are more vulnerable than others to developing the condition. To determine the…
  • Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens

    16 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Should teenagers be able to hit the snooze button one more time before school? Ask their parents and half say they would support later school start times, according to today’s University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. More schools across the country are exploring delayed school start times as research shows benefits for adolescents’ physical and mental health, including reduced risks of obesity and depression. The poll was conducted in November/December 2014, following last year’s recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics…
  • Sleep problems may impact bone health

    3 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    The daily rhythm of bone turnover is likely important for normal bone health, and recent research suggests that sleep apnea may be an unrecognized cause of some cases of osteoporosis. Sleep apnea’s effects on sleep duration and quality, oxygen levels, inflammation, and other aspects of health may have a variety of impacts on bone metabolism. It’s important to determine the relationship between these two increasingly common diseases and to understand the biological processes that may connect them, experts note in a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research review. “There are strong…
  • Infants create new knowledge while sleeping

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    There is no rest for a baby’s brain - not even in sleep. While infants sleep they are reprocessing what they have learned. Working with researchers from the University of Tübingen, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have discovered that babies of the age from 9 to 16 months remember the names of objects better if they had a short nap. And only after sleeping can they transfer learned names to similar new objects. The infant brain thus forms general categories during sleep, converting experience into knowledge. The researchers also…
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    The Insomnia Blog - Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, PhD

  • Sleep is a turn on

    Dr. Michael Breus
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Are you looking to invigorate your sex life? “Date nights” are one good idea, but getting to bed—and to sleep—early might be an even better one. New research suggests that getting enough sleep can have a positive effect on sex drive for women. We’ve seen studies linking poor and insufficient sleep to diminished sexual desire in women and in men. But overall there’s been a lack of investigation into the influence of sleep over sexual desire and sexual function. Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School examined the impact of sleep on the sexual behavior of 171 women.
  • Cultivating Mindfulness to Help Sleep

    Dr. Michael Breus
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Talk of mindfulness—and its capacity to improve health and well being—seems to be everywhere these days. From stress reduction, to exercise, to eating and weight management, mindfulness practices are increasingly being recognized for their therapeutic benefits. Another benefit to mindfulness? Practicing mindfulness can also improve sleep. First things first: what, exactly, is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a practice of gently focusing one’s attention and awareness on the present moment. In a mindful state, we allow ourselves to be aware of any thoughts, feelings, and physical experiences…
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  • Atrial fibrillation, the LEGACY study, and obstructive sleep apnea

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    The LEGACY study found that weight loss improved both symptoms and cardiac arrhythmias in persons with atrial fibrillation.Medscape discusses the findings of the LEGACY trial here:  (for registered users of Medscape)Here is a link to the article's abstract: wonder how much of the improvement in atrial fibrillation came from the treatment (by weight loss) of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea???There is strong evidence for a relationship between OSA and atrial fibrillation.
  • Sleep-disordered breathing symptoms among African-Americans in the Jackson Heart Study.

    8 Mar 2013 | 9:49 pm
  • Link Between Sleep Disturbance and Suicide

    16 Dec 2012 | 6:51 pm
    Editor's note:  Below is another guest blog post.  Here is a link to the actual journal article being discussed: has been a lot of research looking at the relationship between insomnia and depression.  Insomnia does appear to be a risk factor for depression, but it is difficult in these population-based studies to definitively demonstrate a causal relationship.  The fact that insomnia is one of the symptoms of depression makes it especially difficult.  The article being discussed looks specifically at…
  • Sleep Apnea – NOT for Men Only!

    23 Oct 2012 | 4:16 pm
    Below is another guest blog post.  One clarification I would like to make to the guest articleby Alex Smith is that the increased frequency of night-time urination seen with OSA is often due to increased urine production (for an explanation, see )Michael Rack, MD-----------------------------------------------------------------Doctors and patients alike are beginning to realize that sleep apnea in women is more common than previously thought. Men remain…
  • Oral Appliances or CPAP, Which is Better?

    2 Oct 2012 | 9:03 am
    The following is a guest blog post, see below this article for my thought on the issue:Devices that provide CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, are often considered the “gold standard” of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. After a sleep study is conducted and sleep apnea is diagnosed, a sleep specialist will typically prescribe CPAP machines and masks as the first line of treatment. Though the sleep disorder solution may be a blessing to many, others may find the device loud, restrictive and ineffective in getting them a better night’s rest. For patients who do not…
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  • Top Five Spring Cleaning Sleep Tips

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    After a long and, for many Americans, extraordinarily cold and snowy winter, springtime is finally on the horizon. And, people hoping to improve the quality of their sleep should see spring as a... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • What Companies Can Do to Help Employees Sleep Better

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Clearly, employers are not responsible for the sleep quality (or lack thereof) of their employees.  However, there is something they can do to help it. A novel new study published in the March issue... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Melatonin Can Help With Sleep if You’re in a Noisy Place

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    According to a new study, if you’re the type who gets a better night’s rest from wearing a sleep mask and earplugs, you might consider looking into melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Boost Your Memory Up to 5X with a Power Nap

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Power naps, quick sleeps in the middle of the day, are a wonderful thing.  They can help make up for a bad night’s sleep the night before, relieve stress, improve productivity later in the day,... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Sleep Myth Monday: Bedbug Feeding Time

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    This is the latest installment of a regular feature here at Sleep Myth Monday, where we bust sleep myths wide open, or verify that they’re actually not myths at all. Myth or Truth:... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
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    Insomnia Blog

  • 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…
  • Functional restoration may ease insomnia for those with chronic spinal pain

    Martin Reed
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    It’s perhaps little surprise that individuals suffering from chronic pain often struggle with sleep. A recent study looked at individuals with chronic spine pain to determine how effective a functional restoration program would be at relieving pain and insomnia. Functional restoration is a rehabilitation program designed to improve physical function. It often teaches pain coping skills, too. Researchers found that insomnia severity was reduced in those who completed a functional restoration program, with the prevalence of severe clinical insomnia being cut by over 18%. Although insomnia…
  • Is your spleen to blame for your insomnia?

    Martin Reed
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Chinese medicine suggests that those who suffer from insomnia are experiencing an imbalance in their spleen. This imbalance can reduce nourishment to the heart which can lead to anxiety, worry and other thoughts that make sleep difficult. Before you dismiss these ideas entirely, it’s worth being reminded that Chinese doctors discovered a connection between sleep and the digestive system thousands of years before Western medicine. So if you suspect your spleen may be the cause of your insomnia, what do you do? One doctor recommends ginseng, hawthorn, alisma, astragalus, atractylodes,…
  • What makes cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia so effective?

    Martin Reed
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (otherwise known as CBT for insomnia or CBT-i) is universally recognized as the most effective insomnia treatment. That’s because CBT works by tackling the root cause of most cases of insomnia (incorrect thoughts and behaviors towards sleep). Researchers recently set out to determine which component of CBT for insomnia was the most effective – cognitive therapy (which addresses incorrect thoughts and attitudes towards sleep) or behavioral therapy (which addresses negative behaviors and lifestyle issues that affect sleep). 188 individuals…
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    Cures for Insomnia Now!

  • select:Health-related events, classes, more around Asheville

    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…
  • select:Research and Markets: EpiCast Report: Insomnia – Epidemiology Forecast to 2023

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Research and Markets: EpiCast Report: Insomnia – Epidemiology Forecast to 2023 acute insomnia The publisher epidemiologists forecast that the total prevalent cases of acute insomnia in the 7MM will increase from 121,799,911 total prevalent cases in 2013, to 130,482,156 total prevalent cases in 2023 at an Annual Growth Rate (AGR) of 0.71%. Read more on Business Wire (press release)Are you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Persistent insomnia linked to higher risk of death, study finds acute insomnia While previous studies have…
  • select:Nurse Suggests Ways Mesothelioma Patients Can Manage Insomnia

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    Nurse Suggests Ways Mesothelioma Patients Can Manage Insomnia what to do for insomnia Before starting chemotherapy for cancer patients, nurses take the time to explain all the possible side effects to the patients. However, what the patients hear and their own expectations of how they are going to handle the treatments, are sometimes at … Read more on (blog)Are you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Why Do We Feel Tired After A Good Night's Sleep? what to do for insomnia "The term 'sleep…
  • select:7 Surprising Causes Of Insomnia

    14 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    7 Surprising Causes Of Insomnia insomnia causes A sleep specialist will likely also try to help you get to the root of your insomnia (if there is one). Many of us can recall the occasional sleepless night when stress kept us tossing and turning. But there are a number of other causes of insomnia … Read more on Huffington Post World Sleep Day: 6 things to know about sleep insomnia causes Organised by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, World Sleep Day aims to highlight the benefits of proper sleep and draw attention to the health issues caused by lack of healthy sleeping. We look at…
  • select:Writer Of The Week: SoKo

    8 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Writer Of The Week: SoKo insomnia song French actress-turned-singer-songwriter Stéphanie Sokolinski, better known as SoKo, writes no-holds-barred, unapologetic pop songs that touch on the darkest corners of love, death and intimacy. Her new album My Dreams Dictate My Reality finds the … Read more on American SongwriterAre you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Nashville Recap: 'That's the Way Love Goes' insomnia song Luke shakes his head, like, “I knew it.” Rayna and Deacon sing a real pretty song together and I…
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    Sleep Junkies

  • Practical tips for coping with night shifts

    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

    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…
  • This is how much sleep you should be getting in 2015

    Jeff Mann
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:35 am
    The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has updated its recommendations for the amount of sleep we should be getting each night. The new guidelines coincide with the foundation's 25th anniversary and are the result of a 2 year study which reviewed more than 300 current scientific publications. Our table shows how the new recommendations compared with the old guidelines. Although recommendations for adult sleep times have not changed, 2 new categories have been introduced, Young Adults, and Older Adults. Age New recommendations Old recommendations Newborns (0-3 months ) 14-17 hrs 12-18 hrs…
  • The 3 essential rules for a perfect sleep sanctuary

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:45 am
    There's nothing worse than tossing and turning, counting the dwindling hours left until the alarm goes off in the morning. If you're having trouble sleeping, try a bedroom makeover. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, "A quiet, dark and cool environment can help promote sound slumber." Let's put that advice to work with some bedroom design tips that will help you create a restful haven for a good night's sleep. Keep It Quiet Adding soft goods to your design can do a lot to absorb ambient noise and make your bedroom a quiet place. Choose plush, thick textiles…
  • The 5 biggest sleep medicine no-no's

    Jeff Mann
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    You might think that any kind of treatment for a sleep disorder is better than none, but according to some of the world's leading sleep medicine professionals, some treatments, in specific circumstances, should be avoided completely. As part of a continued commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centred care, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)  has published a list of five common tests and treatments that are not always necessary in sleep medicine, in order to promote better conversation between doctors and patients, reduce medical waste and provide the most appropriate…
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  • Low Cost – High Value “Predictor Device” for Oral Appliance Therapy – Economics of Oral Appliance Therapy

    Randy Clare
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    I have been working in the field of dental sleep medicine since 1993. The most consistently asked question by patients and clinicians alike is. ” how can I tell if a custom oral appliance will work for me or not?” To rephrase from the clinicians point of view “How can I guide my patient in their care if I cannot predict whether they are going to respond to the therapy or not?” Central to this discussion is the fact that a custom oral appliance can be expensive and many Dentists do not take medical insurance resulting in an average $2K to $4K out of pocket expense for…
  • All Night, Every Night: California dental specialist takes on obstructive sleep apnea

    Bradley Eli DMD, MS
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    This article prviously appeared in the AARCTimes January 2015 written by Debbie Bunch   (Left to right) Robyn Forbes, CMA; Majel Carnell, CRT; Bradley Eli, DMD, MS; George Lannon, RRT; and Gensis Lugo, RN   Bob is like a lot of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). He never suspected he had it and only went to the doctor after his wife saw a news report about the signs and symptoms on TV and said, “Honey, that’s you.” He reluctantly agreed to an overnight polysomnogram and even more reluctantly agreed to give the positive airway pressure (PAP) device the doctor…
  • ResMed: Commitment to Quality Care

    John Viviano DDS
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
      This week I had the pleasure of visiting ResMed in San Diego California. This facility is extremely impressive from many aspects; large, modern, people and environment friendly, collecting much of it’s electrical needs through solar panels, and it boasts a very impressive private collection of art, intended to be an inspiration to their employees. Everyone I met was passionately excited about being part of the ResMed team, and I have to say, their excitement is very infectious! As a bonus, I was able to attend a seminar where Dr. Ian Wilcox, Professor of Medicine, Sydney…

    Wayne Halstrom
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that has received an unprecedented level of attention over the past decade. The health implications of OSA are life altering and life threatening. A growing body of research is linking OSA to heart attacks and strokes and other associated health risks.   Recent research has demonstrated that sleep bruxism or clenching may occur asa mechanism to prevent airway collapse.1   Bruxism has been classified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a “Sleep related movement disorder”. Sleep apnea induced bruxism can have significant…
  • FMCSA issues advisory on Sleep Apnea

    Bob Stanton
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) recently issued an advisory to all medical examiners who conduct DOT physicals on commercial drivers under the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner (NRCME) program on sleep apnea. The full text of the advisory can be downloaded at The advisory is in response to a call from Congressmen Buchon and Lupinski to ensure the agency clarified Congress’ mandate on sleep apnea screening and testing from Public…
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  • How Your Sleep Needs Change As You Age

    Oxford Digital
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    For those of us who have never raised children, it can come as a shock to learn that newborns sleep up to 18 hours per day. (Unfortunately, and to the chagrin of the parents, not in one uninterrupted block.) But if you think about it, it makes sense. Most newborns triple their birth weight in their first year out of the womb, and it appears that the more infants sleep, the more likely they are to experience growth spurts. One study even quantified growth, nap by nap: newborns are 43 percent more likely to experience a growth spurt for each additional nap they took, and 20 percent more likely…
  • Nate Burleson on His Reverie Dream Supreme Sleep System

    Oxford Digital
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    According to NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson, a Reverie Sleep System is “almost like having a genie in one hand every time you lay your body down.” It’s also like your go-to pair of pants, or favorite meal. Find out what he means, and why he trusts Reverie’s Dream Supreme Sleep System to give him the rest and recovery he needs, in the video below. Straight from the mouth of Nate Burleson: “You can’t take for granted a great night’s rest.” We couldn’t agree more, Nate. Thanks for supporting Reverie–we’re sure happy to support…
  • Why Pregnancy Makes It So Hard to Sleep

    Oxford Digital
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    As soon as you have a tiny human being growing inside of you, your life becomes a whole lot less about you. Most women know this, of course, but many don’t know just what changes are in store for their daily habits. An expectant mom usually knows to avoid alcohol, yes, and she’s pretty sure that she should avoid too much fish, and second-hand smoke becomes extra risky… but what about her favorite cheeses? Is she still allowed to hit the gym? Can she even still enjoy a cup of coffee? Because it’s not just about you anymore every single decision of the day suddenly becomes more…
  • 5 Sleeping Disputes All Couples Have

    Oxford Digital
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    Ah, Valentines Day: say what you will about “Hallmark Holidays” and commercialization, but we have trouble being too hard on a holiday that encourages us to eat chocolate and show appreciation for the ones we love. Whether that takes the form of romantic dinners, heartfelt cards, or simply quality time together, making an effort to demonstrate affection is never a bad idea. Still, that doesn’t mean that love is always so lovely. Once the chocolate has been eaten (hopefully not too close to bedtime!) and the lights turned out, chances are even the most lovey-dovey of couples have to…
  • 4 Reasons Athletes Should Prioritize Sleep for Maximal Performance

    Oxford Digital
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    You’d be hard pressed to find someone who feels better when they’re sleeping less, and the science is rock solid in this regard: a lot of studies show that high quality rest is linked to a lower risk of depression and a more positive outlook on life. But what about those of us who are more concerned with hard facts, those who want some more physical outcomes – the athletes and CrossFitters who don’t want to know if sleep will make them think positive, but want to know if it means faster sprints, heavier hang cleans, and more accurate free throws? Shelve the cynicism, my musclebound…
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