Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Erin Evans, a sleep researcher at the Brigham, is testing an experimental light for the International Space Station.
In the quest to understand the mystery of sleep, researcher Erin Evans has studied the effects of sleep deprivation in high-stress work situations, from astronauts to police and doctors.
Evans, a sleep medicine fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also helps hundreds of families improve the sleeping habits of their children. Even though she’s a sleep expert, Evans admits she’s constantly challenged by her 2-year-old son.
“I thought I knew everything about sleep,” she said, “but he’s putting me through the wringer.”
“Sleep in a young infant is a moving target, and while one 4-month-old might sleep through the night, another may need to nurse a few times. I believe there is no “one-size-fits-all” strategy. The most important thing is to develop a plan that is realistic and the family can implement with consistency”. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 12:41 PM
SleepApneaDisorder/CHICAGO/[Press Release]/ Physical wellbeing is not the only thing impaired by disrupted sleep patterns. While we’ve all experienced a sluggish day after a poor night’s sleep, adults with untreated obstructive sleep apnea can jeopardize much more than a productive day at the office. Drowsy, fatigued drivers have reduced reaction times and decision-making skills, posing a significant risk to themselves and others on the road. Dr. Brian Rotskoff of Clarity Allergy Center tests for and treats adult sleep apnea and childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at his three Chicagoland offices.
Dr. Rotskoff specializes in nasal allergies, immunotherapy, asthma, as well as sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. “Sleep apnea is a breathing issue, first and foremost,” explains Dr. Rotskoff. “It is often characterized by snoring and restless sleep patterns, but what really happens during sleep apnea is breathing resistance or pauses in breathing. That resistance shouldn’t be ignored.” Dr. Rotskoff provides comprehensive screening for children and adults with OSA in Chicago, nocturnal sleep studies, and treatment using the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Untreated 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
Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 9:30 PM
The Genesis Sleep Disorders Center will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at its Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park location, 1401 W. Central Park, Davenport.
Staff from Genesis Home Medical Equipment will be available to show new CPAP equipment used to treat sleep apnea. Board-certified sleep specialists will be available to answer sleep questions.
The Genesis Sleep Disorders Center offers treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, apnea, insomnia, sleepwalking and childhood sleep problems with the help of board-certified sleep physicians and registered sleep technologists. Genesis sleep programs are located in Davenport, DeWitt, Silvis, Maquoketa, and Aledo.
For information, call (563) 421-1525, or go to www.genesishealth.com/sleep.To see a board-certified sleep specialist at the Genesis Sleep Clinic, call centralized scheduling at (563) 421-3200, or toll-free at (866) 829-8108.
Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 9:24 PM
WellStar Health System is celebrating helping people sleep better with the 20th anniversary of WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program.
The Sleep Medicine Program was launch in March of 1993 with a two-beded sleep center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Today, WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program has 20 beds at four locations in metro Atlanta and has performed nearly 30,000 sleep studies.
About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems. The WellStar Sleep Medicine Program treats sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea.
Sleep centers are located at WellStar Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill Hospitals and the WellStar Acworth Health Park. The Sleep Medicine program now offers home sleep testing and plans to open two additional sleep centers at South Cherokee Medical Center in Woodstock and at the new East Cobb Health Park, slated to open September 2014. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit wellstar.org.
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 10:47 PM
SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/-A dental clinic in Vancouver now offers affordable diagnosis and cure to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition wherein there are gaps to a person’s breathing during sleep. There are two possible causes for sleep apnea. The first is that there are defects in how information are transferred from the nerves to the brain and second, there could be some obstructions. The second reason is what corrective dental surgery aims to target.
In most cases of sleep apnea, individuals who suffer from sleep apnea tend to not be aware of the condition. Determinant factors would be excessive sleeplessness during the day and over fatigue. Loved ones may also report excessive snoring, which while may not be an indicator of sleep apnea, when taken into consideration with other factors, may suggest the possibility of sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Sleep disorders affect millions of Americans each year, and for the cause of addressing the issue Dr. Fakhre Alam decided to open a laboratory, research and treatment facility, the “Advanced Sleep Institute” in Carbondale in October. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffered from sleep-related difficulties in 2011, according to self-reporting statistics compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, and it can affect memory, concentration and mood.
Dr. Alam chose Carbondale because the city lacked a sleep disorder center. He also thought it would be convenient for his and others’ patients in Carbondale who suffer from sleep disorders.
Advanced Sleep Institute features four observation rooms with full-size beds, fans, private bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and other amenities. Subjects are monitored using sensors attached to their bodies while technicians observe them with cameras capable of zooming in close enough to read the face of a wristwatch. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Sleep apnea is a deadly disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.
The home sleep apnea testing started in the month of January. Till the availability of home based sleep apnea testing only the sleep centers at Cameron Hospital in Angola, DeKalb Health in Auburn, Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville and Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange used to offer such tests. Sleep testing at a sleep center involved spending the night in the hospital and wearing wires connected to monitors.
Weldon Cline, the Parkview Noble polysomonographer technologist says that some people may be eligible to have these tests done in the comfort of their own homes. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 11:22 AM
A recently concluded research attempted to describe which dietary nutrient variables are related to subjective and objective habitual sleep and subjective and objective napping.
In this research study performed at the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA , the participants were 459 post-menopausal women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative.
Objective sleep was estimated using one week of actigraphy. Subjective sleep was prospectively estimated with a daily sleep diary. Dietary nutrients were calculated from food frequency questionnaires. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 1:24 PM
It is not just the amount of sleep that is important for good health, but the right type of sleep is also needed for an individual to prevent some of these more serious health problems,
Slow brain wave sleep allows the body to restore at the cellular level. Without this cellular repair, the risk of disease increases for obesity, diabetes, depression and hypertension.
The measurement of these brain waves, heart rates, oxygen levels and other body functions during sleep can only be diagnosed through a medical sleep study. Read the rest of this entry