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Take Charge of Your Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea awarenessUntreated sleep apnea, a condition that affects one in five Americans, can have dire health consequences. Sleep apnea is manageable through therapy, but because successful therapy is so individualized, getting to the right solution can be daunting. Learning from other patients’ stories can be critical to success, and a new effort launched today brings new sleep apnea patients together with these therapy veterans.

The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), the leading national patient organization for the condition and Wake Up to Sleep (WakeUpToSleep.com), an online patient support community, are launching an educational initiative to wake Americans up to the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and the treatment options available to improve their quality of life. The ASAA offers a comprehensive set of resources for those searching for information, and Wake Up to Sleep has one-on-one sleep coaches for those who have been newly diagnosed with sleep apnea or those who are struggling to control it. The joint initiative features a series of educational events leading up to Sleep Apnea Awareness Day on April 18th including a Twitter chat, discussion and the opportunity to submit video and written patient testimonials showcasing their treatment success. Read the rest of this entry

The ResMed S9 AutoSet CPAP machine is available from Sleep Restfully, Inc. The S9 Autoset is the finest auto-titrating CPAP machine on the market. Manufactured by ResMed, known for excellent quality CPAP machines and CPAP mask throughout the world, count on the S9 Autoset to control your obstructive sleep apnea.

The S9 AutoSet combines an intelligent algorithm with Easy-Breathe expiratory pressure relief (EPR) to dynamically adjust pressure for maximum comfort. Using ResMed’s time-tested APAP technology, AutoSet continually monitors breathing, adapting breath-by-breath to always deliver the lowest therapeutic pressure, improving comfort and sleep. Enhanced AutoSet is now able to differentiate between obstructive and central sleep apneas, so you can be confident that you are always receiving appropriate therapy and pressure. Read the rest of this entry

NSF and LARK Partner for Sleep Health Education

The National Sleep Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with LARK, creator of the award-winning sleep monitor, silent alarm clock, and personal sleep coach, to educate consumers on the importance of sleep and the best practices for sleep health.

“We’re excited by the potential of the convergence of technology and interest in sleep,” says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “LARK is at the cutting edge of consumer sleep devices and by working together, the National Sleep Foundation and LARK can help everyone understand how to make the most of their time in bed.”

LARK worked with top sleep experts to design an actigraph wristband that detects wearers’ unique sleep patterns and wirelessly uploads them to their iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Users get an immediate picture of how they’ve slept and analysis shows what “Sleep Type” they are and the easiest ways for them personally to improve. LARK offers a premium subscription, LARK Pro, which actively coaches people towards improving their sleep. The LARK wristband also features a silent alarm that wakes the wearer gently by mild vibrations. Read the rest of this entry

St. Luke’s Cornwall Center for Sleep Medicine has launched a new, free, support group, for patients with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.

The first quarterly meeting for the A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well And Keeping Energetic) support group will be held Wednesday, March 21 from 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. at the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the Cornwall campus located on 19 Laurel Avenue in Cornwall. Refreshments will be served.

“We’re excited to launch the Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of this new support group through our Sleep Medicine program,” said Dr. Anita Bhola, Medical Director, St. Luke’s Cornwall Center for Sleep Medicine. Patients will be put in touch with doctors, manufacturing reps, DME and other experts in the field to have their questions answered in an informal patient friendly setting.

St. Luke’s Cornwall Center for Sleep Medicine is committed to enhancing quality of life for those experiencing disruptive sleep. Using advanced diagnostics and the latest research in the field highly qualified staff evaluates patient’s sleep patterns and devise a custom treatment plan to improve their ability to sleep.

Sleep affects a person’s waking hours more than a person realizes. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia or other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, restless limb syndrome, narcolepsy, delayed or advanced sleep phase syndrome and parasomnias. 

The Alert, Well and Keeping Energy (AWAKE) sleep support group is part of the Piedmont Newnan Sleep Center’s efforts to help patients get the rest they need to lead normal, productive lives.

“People don’t realize the affect and power a good night’s sleep has on people,” says Jennifer Morrow, the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Sleep Center and AWAKE support group coordinator.

Some common symptoms of not getting enough rest include excessive sleepiness during daytime hours, loud snoring, pauses during breathing while asleep, morning headaches, restless legs during sleep and exhaustion despite having enough sleep hours. Read the rest of this entry

The Center at Norwalk Hospital will be hosting its first Sleep Apnea Support Group for Children on Saturday, Nov. 12.  Parents and children are invited to attend the educational event.

Kass will address the group with a talk, “The Significance of Snoring at Any Age.”. In general, symptoms of sleep apnea in toddlers may include tantrums and irritability. As children get older, the lack of sleep may manifest itself as hyperactivity, acting out, poor grades in school, mood swings, and even a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

“In addition to the potential health issues associated with sleep apnea, we see children who suffer from fatigue and attention issues due to interruption in sleep,” said Kass.

The program is being offered as a public service and as part of A.W.A.K.E (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic) of the American Sleep Apnea Association.  A.W.A.K.E. is a health awareness program offered to those who suffer from sleep apnea, as well as their family, friends and anyone who is interested in learning more.

The Nov. 12 support group will include face painting and drawing activities for children.  Children are encouraged to bring their CPAP masks for a fitting by experienced sleep technicians.  CPAP users and family are being encouraged to share their tips for successful sleeping with CPAP.

Sleep Apnea Support Group for Children: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in the fifth floor Patio Room at Norwalk Hospital.  The event is free and seating is limited.  Register by calling (203) 852-2821 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (203) 852-2821     end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (203) 852-2833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (203) 852-2833     end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Aviisha Medical Institute, LLC has released its long-anticipated Guide  to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The guide was authored by Aviisha’s Medical  Director, Dr. Avi Ishaaya, and is the only online guide written by a certified  sleep physician. The guide is free to download and share and can be accessed at www.aviisha.com/new/ebook.

“In addition to testing and treating patients, one of our main goals at the  institute is raising awareness about sleep apnea,” said Dr. Avi. “Sleep apnea  affects one in every five to fifteen people, but 80-90% of them are undiagnosed  and in need of treatment. We created this ebook to help spread the word about  sleep apnea.”

The ebook is packed useful information about diagnosing and treating sleep  apnea, including:

  •      Biology and Causes of Sleep Apnea
  •     Dangers and Complications
  •     Risk Factors
  •     Screening for OSA Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [Press Release ]/Los Angeles, California /Aviisha Medical Institute, LLC, the  national leader in home sleep care, is inviting the public to attend its  obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) webinars. The webinars are broadcasted live on the  first Monday of every month at 1pm PST. They webinars are hosted by Dr. Avi  Ishaaya and cover a broad range of topics related to sleep apnea. Dr. Avi is a  board-certified pulmonologist who specializes in treating sleep disorders. He is  the one of nation’s foremost experts on sleep issues and has been featured in  Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.

The webinars were originally designed for physicians in Aviisha’s MD Home  Sleep Program (www.aviisha.com/mdhsp),  but interest and demand have changed that. “The webinars are a great way for all  people to learn about sleep apnea,” said Dr. Avi. “Sleep apnea carries serious  consequences for sufferers as well as their partners. Its prevalence is rising  dramatically yet only 10-20% of sufferers are diagnosed. We hope that opening  these webinars to the public can help raise awareness.” Read the rest of this entry

Vendor Fair At Edward Sleep Center

The Edward Sleep Center A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well And Keeping Energetic) support group will host first vendor fair from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Edward Sleep Center, 27555 Diehl Road in Warrenville.

Sleep medicine vendors will be present to provide information about and offer demonstrations of what’s new in the field. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Sleep apnea patients, family members, physicians and allied health staff are invited to learn about new continuous positive airway pressure equipment, masks and other accessories. Free CPAP machine pressure checks will also be offered. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Group Solutions Increase Courses on OSA for 2012

Sleep Group Solutions (SGS) a leader in dental continuing education takes  pride in offering dentists top level courses on dental sleep medicine.  With an increase in sleep apnea research and  studies, Sleep Group Solutions plans to double courses offered to dentists  interested in screening and treating sleep apnea in 2012.

Recent  studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association prove sleep apnea  linking to dementia in women.  Breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea are  getting more attention and research in the medical field, and now the dental  field has perked an interest.  Dentists are filling class rooms across the  US to gain dental  continuing education on how to screen and treat sleep apnea in house,  through oral appliance therapy.   Sleep Group Solutions continues to  provide dentists with the education needed to treat OSA.  ” In 2011 we  offered the dental community 50 courses to choose from.  With such an  increased demand from the dental community, we are planning to offer around 70  for 2012,”  John Nadeau, VP Sleep Group Solutions. Read the rest of this entry

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