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  • Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study Says

    MedicineNet Sleep General
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study Says

    MedicineNet Sleep Apnea Specialty
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Assessing Cognitive and Psychomotor Performance in Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome

    MedWorm: Sleep Disorders
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Conclusion The results of the present study demonstrate that, in general, the driving ability of patients with FMS was not inferior to that of healthy volunteers based on a standardized computer-based test battery. However, variables, such as younger age, depression, anxiety, fatigue, pain, and poor motor coordination, likely contribute to the subjective perception of cognitive dysfunction in FMS. (Source: Pain and Therapy)MedWorm Sponsor Message: MedWorm Search is coming back soon. Watch this space...
  • Soft palatal webbing flap palatopharyngoplasty for both soft palatal and oropharyngeal lateral wall collapse in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea: a new innovative technique without tonsillectomy

    MedWorm: Snoring
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Conclusion Soft palatal webbing flap palatopharyngoplasty provided objective clinical improvement of OSA in adults with soft palatal and lateral pharyngeal wall collapse and has the potential to serve as an effective alternative for these cases. (Source: Sleep and Breathing)MedWorm Sponsor Message: MedWorm Search is coming back soon. Watch this space...
  • Head and neck physician survey for screening, diagnosing, and treating obstructive sleep apnea

    MedWorm: Sleep Apnea
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has consistently been a health care burden in the United States. In 1990, there were 110 000 office visits for sleep apnea complaints, compared with 1.3 million annual office visits in 1998. Despite the growing number of individuals affected with this disorder, there is no clear consensus as to the most effective way to screen for OSA. The purpose of this study was to survey methods for screening, diagnosing, and treating obstructive sleep apnea used by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, general dentists, and otolaryngologists in the local area. (Source: Oral…
 
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  • Assessing Cognitive and Psychomotor Performance in Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Conclusion The results of the present study demonstrate that, in general, the driving ability of patients with FMS was not inferior to that of healthy volunteers based on a standardized computer-based test battery. However, variables, such as younger age, depression, anxiety, fatigue, pain, and poor motor coordination, likely contribute to the subjective perception of cognitive dysfunction in FMS. (Source: Pain and Therapy)MedWorm Sponsor Message: MedWorm Search is coming back soon. Watch this space...
  • Editorial: “Injurious RBD and DEB frequency: are they related?”

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is an important parasomnia which is most often a precursor of neurodegenerative disease, providing a window of opportunity to develop possible biomarkers for predicting those who may eventually develop a neurodegenerative disease. This may also spur the development of a neuroprotective agent to prevent or halt the progression of the disease. Although the prevalence of RBD in the general population is low, there is a high incidence of RBD-related injuries either to self or bed partner in a large percentage (33–95%) of such patients, and…
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  • Nonnutritional Factors Influencing Response to the Nutritional Program

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    In this article, the important role of the cow’s environment is addressed, namely, the facilities that provide opportunities to eat, sleep, drink water, and socially interact. Research and anecdotal observation suggest that cow comfort is a critical factor to success of any nutritional program. (Source: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice)
 
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  • Head and neck physician survey for screening, diagnosing, and treating obstructive sleep apnea

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has consistently been a health care burden in the United States. In 1990, there were 110 000 office visits for sleep apnea complaints, compared with 1.3 million annual office visits in 1998. Despite the growing number of individuals affected with this disorder, there is no clear consensus as to the most effective way to screen for OSA. The purpose of this study was to survey methods for screening, diagnosing, and treating obstructive sleep apnea used by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, general dentists, and otolaryngologists in the local area. (Source: Oral…
  • Treating Sleep Apnea in HF May Cut 30-Day ReadmissionsTreating Sleep Apnea in HF May Cut 30-Day Readmissions

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Could identifying sleep apnea in hospitalized patients with heart failure and ensuring they comply with at-home treatment mean they would be less likely be readmitted soon after they are discharged? Heartwire (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
  • Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study Says

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Sleep General)
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and secondary polycythaemia: Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Few recent studies have suggested that obstructive sleep apnea may not be an independent risk factor of secondary polycythemia1,2. In order to further explore this finding in a larger non randomized sample, we used the discharge data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 2010 to 2011.3 We used the international Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) codes for ICD-9-CM (supplementary file 1) to identify patients…
  • Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn’t Squelch Sex Life, Study Says

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Patients who get treatment are as satisfied with lovemaking as those who don't (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
 
 
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    The Insomnia Blog - Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, PhD

  • Does cancer grow more aggressively at night?

    Dr. Michael Breus
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Scientists studying relationships between different types of cells have encountered some new and potentially important information about how—and when—cancerous tumors grow most aggressively. According to a new study, cancerous tumors may grow faster at night, during the hours typically taken up by sleep. Their discovery may point the way toward new, circadian-aligned strategies for treating cancer. Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have found evidence that some cancers may grow more quickly during nighttime, resting hours than during the waking day. The finding came…
  • Does your sleep wax and wane with the moon?

    Dr. Michael Breus
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Do you notice changes in your nighttime self around the time of the full moon? I’m not talking about howling at it. I’m talking about changes to your sleep. A new study by researchers at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg has identified a link between sleep patterns and lunar phases, especially at the time of the full moon. Their study included 47 healthy young adults. Researchers found sleep was delayed by an average of 25 minutes around the time of the full moon. They also found sleepers to be more vulnerable to sleep disruption during the time of the full moon. At the time of the new…
 
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  • The End of Sleep Medicine (Part 2)

    Edward Grandi
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    "You can have any color you want, as long as it is black." - Henry FordMy earlier posts paint an uncertain picture about the future of sleep medicine as it relates to the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. That said, I see that there are a number of inescapable realities. I have listed them below and included my thoughts about them. How the sleep medicine community chooses to deal with these realities and possibly others will likely dictate the future of sleep medicine. Reality #1 - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a chronic condition, is far more prevalent than originally…
  • The End of Sleep Medicine (part 1)

    Edward Grandi
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    "Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated" - Mark Twain I believe the field of Sleep Medicine about to enter a golden age. There is a convergence of several occurrences that leads me to that. First, people spend a lot time talking about their sleep, mostly how they don't get enough of it. The technology (i.e. smartphones) has now advanced to point it can provide the tools for people to not only measure, relatively accurately, how much sleep they are getting but help improve the quality of their sleep. Witness the success of the Kickstarter campaign that raised $1,000,000 in…
  • The ASAA first PSA posted to YouTube seven years ago... a classic, Thanks NIH!

    Edward Grandi
    16 Mar 2014 | 5:06 pm
  • Must-have-titles for your Sleep Bookshelf...

    Tracy Nasca
    15 Mar 2014 | 4:38 pm
     Dr. Dement's 1991 book set the stage for the discussion about the importance of sleep to health. Our hope is that he will have an opportunity to provided an updated version.Written in 1993 Professor Stradling's book is still an authoritative text on the subject of sleep apnea - diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Lavie's book is a fascinating history of the study of breathing with some unlikely characters along the way.Dr. Park, an ENT surgeon has an interesting take on how to address issues of sleep and sleep- disordered breathing.There are so many other volumes on the subject worth…
  • One chapter ends and another begins….

    Edward Grandi
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    After 10 years at the helm of the American Sleep Apnea Association, I step down, bowing to the Board of Directors’ decision to set a new direction for the Association under new leadership.I am proud of what we have accomplished to raise the visibility of the ASAA, putting the patient at the center in our efforts to combat sleep-disordered breathing along with our partners nationwide.Successes with shout-outs – ·        First Sleep Apnea Awareness Day lecture with David Rapoport (2005) ·        Apnea Support…
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    Sleep Advice, Tips, and Information from SleepBetter.org

  • Ask SleepBetter: A Question from a Young Visitor

    Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 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!]
  • Sleep Your Way to Better Exam Grades

    Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    It’s college midterm exam time, but whether you’re getting ready for a big test at school or a big presentation at work, sleep should be an integral part of your preparation.  Here are... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Monday Sleep Myth: Adult Sleep for Kids

    Staff
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    This is the latest installment of a regular feature here at SleepBetter.org: Sleep Myth Monday, where we bust sleep myths wide open, or verify that they’re true. Myth or Truth: Once children get to... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Your Brain Isn’t Being Lazy While You Sleep

    Staff
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Increasingly, science is discovering that while sleep allows your body to rest and recuperate, your brain is quite active while you slumber.  Recently, News.com.au, NewsCorp Australia’s news... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Sleep aids: Understand over-the-counter options

    Staff
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Trouble sleeping? Over-the-counter sleep aids might help temporarily — but lifestyle changes are usually the best approach for chronic insomnia. You’ve followed the usual tips for getting... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
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  • Why you should never trust morning people

    Martin Reed
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    It turns out that morning people are more likely to cheat and behave unethically at night. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University and the University of Washington set out to examine the relationship between the ethical decisions people make based on whether they are early risers or night owls. Early risers were found to be more ethical in the morning and more dishonest at night. Night owls were found to be more honest at night and less honest during the day. In other words, people were found to be more dishonest when they were outside of their preferred time of day.
  • Perhaps the moon doesn’t influence our sleep after all

    Martin Reed
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    I’ve not mentioned the moon’s influence on sleep since 2013 – and that’s because there isn’t much out there in the way of firm evidence to prove a genuine link. The often quoted study that I wrote about in 2013 states that a full moon reduces sleep time by an average of 20 minutes. Yet other studies haven’t found any link whatsoever. In fact, researchers at the Max Planck Institute analyzed data from over 1,000 people and 26,000 nights of sleep. They found no correlation. I suspect we need to see more studies before we can come to any definitive conclusion…
  • Is interrupted sleep just as bad as no sleep?

    Martin Reed
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Researchers in Israel recently set out to figure out why interrupted sleep can be just as bad as getting no sleep at all. They found that interrupted sleep patterns lead to reduced cognitive ability, reduced attention spans and bad moods. In fact, the researchers determined that interrupted sleep was about as good as no more than 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Participants in the study slept a normal 8 hour night, then experienced a night in which they were awakened 4 times during the night, for 10-15 minutes each time. The following morning, participants filled out questionnaires to…
  • The best insomnia remedy for cancer survivors

    Martin Reed
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    A recent study set out to determine which insomnia treatment was more effective for cancer survivors: mindfulness-based stress reduction (a combination of yoga and mindful meditation) or cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. The study involved 111 Canadian adults with nonmetastatic cancer who were at least 1 month away from finishing their cancer treatment. Each behavioral therapy (MBSR and CBT-i) lasted for 8 weeks. At the end of the therapy, researchers found that MBSR was less effective than CBT-i, but after 3 months it was just as effective. At this 3 month follow-up, it was found…
  • The flowering plant that wants to relieve your insomnia

    Martin Reed
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Stachytarpheta cayennensis is a flowering plant in the verbena family that is thought to have anti-anxiety and sedative properties. The plant, also known as cayenne porterweed, snakeweed or false verbena is considered by some to be a natural alternative to benzodiazepines. In order to experience the plant’s sedative effects, the leaves are used to make a tea. In some cultures, this tea is also used to treat ailments ranging from diabetes to ulcers, diarrhea and even malaria. An African study undertaken last year found that extracts from the leaves of this plant did indeed have sedative…
 
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  • select:What women should know about menopause

    SiteAdmin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    What women should know about menopause treat insomnia naturally My old refuge, sleep, disappeared, replaced by insomnia and nights in which I would sleep for three hours, or four. And then the hot flashes began. At first, I would feel heat rising through my face and head, … She cites the Kronos Early Oestrogen … Read more on The Guardian Drugs or lifestyle changes? Are pharmacists pill-happy? treat insomnia naturally Modern medicine uses potent drugs to treat health problems that are very often a consequence of the maladaptation of Homo sapiens to modern culture or the mismatch…
  • select:These amazing gadgets will help you sleep better

    SiteAdmin
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    These amazing gadgets will help you sleep better help to sleep Sleep is the most valuable commodity that money can't buy. Nothing can make you day like a great night's sleep or stretch out a miserable day when you are not sleeping well. You may have already seen a couple of the tips that I've written about apps … Read more on KomandoAre you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! 8 foods to help you sleep help to sleep According to a recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 63 percent of Americans say their sleep…
  • select:Nottingham company develops unique treatment for insomnia

    SiteAdmin
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Nottingham company develops unique treatment for insomnia homeopathic remedies for insomnia WORKING in a high-pressure job and fighting insomnia every night left Glen Davies trapped in a vicious circle of exhaustion for months. The 25-year-old account executive, who lives in The Park, Nottingham, found himself taking work worries home and … Read more on Nottingham Post Natural Healing homeopathic remedies for insomnia Arsenicum is the number one remedy to help relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia. It helps to stop worriers from worrying so much! It also aids in the cleansing of…
  • select:Computer scientist makes prion advance

    SiteAdmin
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Computer scientist makes prion advance meaning of insomnia Minikel, a computational scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was hardly impartial — his wife, Sonia Vallabh, carries the genetic mutation that causes an incurable prion disease called fatal familial insomnia. But he thought he saw … Read more on Nature.comAre you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Worried You're Becoming an Alcoholic? There's a Pill for That meaning of insomnia Men who consume over 7.5 units of alcohol (about four pints) or…
  • select:How two people fought back against breast cancer

    SiteAdmin
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:21 am
    How two people fought back against breast cancer menopause and insomnia Chemotherapy causes 'chemopause', a temporary or permanent menopause that stuffs up your hormonal system so you experience hot flushes and insomnia. My cycle may not come back. Before I started treatment, the doctors asked how I would feel if I … Read more on Courier Mail Fight club: Breast cancer and its impact on sufferers and their families menopause and insomnia Chemotherapy causes 'chemopause', a temporary or permanent menopause that stuffs up your hormonal system so you experience hot…
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    Sleepio Blog

  • The bright side of the end of Summer: clock change advice

    Dr. Sophie Bostock
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Photo credit: gnomonic Early on Sunday morning, clocks across the UK will be rolled back an hour, marking the end of the summer’s Daylight Saving Time (DST). You can check your local clock change time and date here. So should we be despairing at the darker winter mornings, or revelling in the extra hour in bed? Why do we change the clocks? The idea was first proposed in Britain in 1907 by a keen horse-rider, William Willett, who was incensed at the waste of useful daylight on summer mornings. The government finally introduced a Daylight Saving Time scheme in 1916, a few weeks after Germany.
  • Sleepio shares the secrets of good sleep at Google

    Dr. Sophie Bostock
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Sleepio team took part in an event at Google’s London offices this week to raise awareness of the importance of good sleep for a happy and productive workforce. Sleepio’s sleep experts donned their very best pyjamas to take to the stage! Sleep researcher, Dr Sophie Bostock, explained that poor sleep can interfere with a wide range of desirable work behaviours, from empathising to ethical decision-making. Poor sleep interferes with concentration and accuracy, which can have serious consequences for safety and productivity. Prof Colin Espie explained why a racing mind can keep insomnia…
  • Sleepio app launches for iPhone

    Peter Hames
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    The future is an exciting place. Of course we’ll all have hoverboards and X-Ray specs, but more importantly our phones will become powerful tools to keep us healthy and happy. Today marks a small step in that direction: the new Sleepio iPhone app is now available to download from the App Store! Our new iPhone app allows you to complete the full Sleepio CBT sleep improvement program, presented by your virtual sleep expert The Prof and proven to help you make the changes necessary to overcome even long term poor sleep. By connecting your Jawbone UP account to Sleepio you can pull in your…
  • Big Health at TechCrunch Disrupt SF

    Matt O'Brien
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year. Launching in San Francisco today TechCrunch will be bringing Disrupt back to San Francisco to reveal an all new slate of outstanding startups, influential speakers, guests and more to the stage. Attendees will debate the newest trends in technology, what’s causing them and how to thrive in 2015 and beyond. On Wednesday our founder Peter will be discussing the topic ‘Digital Medicine is the New Rx’. Joining Peter on the panel will be Matthew Cooper of Carmenta Bioscience and Glen Tullman of 7wire…
  • It’s not just the view you’re missing out on: workers in windowless offices lose sleep too

    Rosie Gollancz
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Photo credit: Banalities via flickr Sorry, not great news if you work in an office without windows… A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, investigated daytime light exposure, sleep quality and health-related quality of life in employees who worked in windowless offices compared with those who worked in offices with natural daylight. Those workers in windowless offices reported poorer sleep quality, greater day-to-day limitations due to physical problems and reduced vitality. The windowless workers not only had reduced light exposure during the day but also less…
 
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  • The art of rest (for ultimate wellbeing)

    Emily Mclaren
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Looking back, I guess that the advice parents used to dispense when we were young was right all along - a good night’s sleep is central to wellbeing. But it was only after years of being sleep-deprived that I finally understood the value of a good night's slumber. For one thing, good rest does more than just give the body time to relax and repair itself - although of course that's one of the main functions of deep rest. Getting the right amount (and quality) of sleep is essential for mental health. Not getting enough? Well, poor quality sleep has been linked to anxiety and depression.
  • AASM releases free children's storybook apps

    Jeff Mann
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has just released two free new apps to educate children about the importance of sleep. The AASM , whose membership includes over 12,000 accredited sleep centres and individuals, hopes that the two new apps will  "help parents and educators teach children more about animals and sleep" Both apps are adapted from the AASM's illustrated childrens' books; "I See the Animals Sleeping: A Bedtime Story" uses narration and detailed illustration to explore the ways different animals sleep, from tigers to sloths. "The Animals Sleep: A Bedtime Book of Biomes"…
  • Poor sleep can lead to a shrinking brain

    Dr. Eric F. Adams
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    New study links poor sleep with a smaller brain cortex  Grogginess, poor memory, slow reaction times; these are just a few of the well known cognitive and psychological effects caused by poor sleep. But a growing body of research is beginning to cast light on the ways inadequate sleep can produce lasting, physical changes in the structure of our brains. Studies published in recent years have shown that many sleep problems including insomnia, early morning awakening and daytime tiredness are associated with smaller brain volumes. But it's not yet clear whether the atrophy (wasting by…
  • Drink driving kills, but so can sleep deprivation.

    Guest Contributor
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A question of principles? Let me ask you a question; your drunk friend insists they are okay to drive, and start stumbling towards their parked car. Do you: a) Trust their judgement and allow your friend to drive home b) Feel uncomfortable, but say nothing c) Call them a taxi and tell your friend that they are too drunk to drive We all know that the correct answer should be c), because there have been endless campaigns highlight the effects of alcohol and the dangers of driving whilst under the influence. Now here’s another question; you and a friend pull an all-nighter, and are making…
  • The whole truth? Why lack of sleep makes you a lousy witness

    Dr. Eric F. Adams
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Ever been in an embarassing situation when, asked to recall some past event, you're later shown proof that your memory bears little or no relation to what actually occured? A new study published in the July 2014 issue of Psychological Science provides compelling evidence that such false memories can be caused by a lack of sleep. The findings could have serious implications, not just for individuals, but also the legal justice system, where unreliable testimonies of trial witnesses are one of the most common causes of wrongful convictions. Examining the evidence Dr. Steven Frenda and…
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  • The Relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Asthma

    SleepDT
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
      Is there a statistical relationship of consequence between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and asthma patients? How does OSA impact patients with difficult-to-treat asthma (DTA)?   Airway obstruction is a common pathophysiology signature of both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and asthma. OSA is known to occur more commonly in asthma patients than in the general population. It has also been shown that asthma symptoms can be improved after initiating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). An awareness of this determinant of asthma control could thus help achieve critical disease…
  • The Relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Asthma

    SleepDT
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
      Is there a statistical relationship of consequence between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and asthma patients? How does OSA impact patients with difficult-to-treat asthma (DTA)?   Airway obstruction is a common pathophysiology signature of both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and asthma. OSA is known to occur more commonly in asthma patients than in the general population. It has also been shown that asthma symptoms can be improved after initiating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). An awareness of this determinant of asthma control could thus help achieve critical disease…
  • ‘Catch-up’ Option for Lost Sleep in Teenagers a Myth

    SleepDT
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
      Can teenagers really catch up on the sleep they lose out on school days by   sleeping late on weekends? “NO’ is the firm answer.   A 2006 National Sleep Foundation poll showed that less than 20 percent of them actually get the required sleep of eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep on school nights. It is even worse today, shows a study in Fairfax, VA. Only 6 percent of children in the 10th grade and only 3 percent in the 12th grade get the recommended amount of sleep. Two in three teens were found to be severely sleep-deprived, losing two or more hours of sleep…
  • Fatty Acids Equals Better Sleep Equals Better Health in Children?

    SleepDT
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
      Do long-chain omega-3 fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have a role to play in improving sleep among children? What is the relationship between blood fatty acid concentrations and subjective sleep?   A randomized controlled trial study of 395 healthy children aged 7–9 years from mainstream UK schools examined the association between blood fatty acid concentrations (from fingerstick blood samples) and subjective sleep (using an age-standardized parent questionnaire). The study titled “Fatty acids and sleep in UK children: subjective and pilot objective sleep…
  • Daytime Sleepiness and Parkinson’s Disease – More than Meets the Eye

    SleepDT
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
      “Daytime Sleepiness and Parkinson’s Disease: The Contribution of the Multiple Sleep Latency Test“ What is the prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients? What are the factors that influence their daytime sleep latency? A recent analysis using studies from current literature reveals variables that need to be looked at more extensively.   Previous studies show broad agreement that DSL in PD patients may be influenced by three factors. It may be primary to the disease itself, due to loss of both dopaminergic and…
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