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Over the shelf sleep drugsAlmost everyone suffers from trouble sleeping at one time or another. Insomnia – the inability to sleep – isn’t a single disorder itself, but rather a general symptom like fever or pain.

People with insomnia may be plagued by trouble falling asleep, unwelcome awakenings during the night, and fitful sleep. They may experience daytime drowsiness, yet still be unable to nap, and are often anxious and irritable or forgetful and unable to concentrate.

Nearly half of insomnia stems from underlying psychological or emotional issues. Stressful events, mild depression, or an anxiety disorder can keep people awake at night. When the underlying cause is properly treated, insomnia usually improves. If not, additional strategies to help promote sleep may be needed. Read the rest of this entry

Dream Water To Sleep Better and Naturally

dream waterSleep is so important that even if you lose one hour in sleeplessness it can wreak havoc on your health.

Lack of sleep could lead to multiple health problems including sleep disorders, weight gain, inflammatory diseases, inattention while driving, just plain crankiness.

Dream Products has created a natural sleep aid meant to help people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep: Dream Water. It’s a zero-calorie, 2.5-ounce shot of drug-free sleep aid.

The company is promoting the “Dream Water” as a natural treatment. The main ingredients include GABA (gamma-amino buteric acid), an amino acid that helps you relax; melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleep; and 5-HTP, an amino acid to improve sleep quality, meaning it helps you stay asleep.

The amino acid 5-HTP is similar to what is in turkey, to which people attribute sleep-inducing characteristics.

Dream Water flavors have clever names like Snoozeberry, which is pomegranate and blueberry; NighTea Night, citrus flavors; and Paradise PM, tropical flavors.

Shots come in a four-pack for about $14, a 12-pack and a 24-pack, and are available at most drug stores and online. The website is promoting a free Snoozeberry sample now. Find out more at www.drinkdreamwater.com.

sleep drugThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requiring the manufacturers of Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar and Zolpimist, widely used sleep drugs that contain the active ingredient zolpidem, to lower current recommended doses. Ambien and Ambien CR are also available as generics. New data show that zolpidem blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving.
Using lower doses of zolpidem means less of the drug will remain in the blood in the morning hours. Since women eliminate zolpidem from their bodies more slowly than men, the FDA has notified the manufacturers that the recommended dose should be lowered for women and that the labeling should recommend that health care professionals consider a lower dose for men. Data show the risk for next-morning impairment is highest for patients taking the extended-release forms of these drugs. The FDA urges health care professionals to caution all patients (men and women) who use these products about the risks of next-morning impairment for activities that require complete mental alertness, including driving. Read the rest of this entry

RespCare, Coconut Creek, Fla, recently introduced the Aloha™ Nasal Pillow System. The Aloha is used with positive-pressure ventilation devices for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Aloha features proprietary Arced-Track™ technology, which allows users to adjust the angle of the Pillow Reservoir, and a Ball-and-Socket Elbow with Hi-Flex™ Tubing to accommodate various sleeping positions. The Aloha comes with three different pillow sizes and comes standard with headgear with Comfort Wraps™.

According to the company, the Aloha contains all of the components required to properly size the patient, eliminating the hassle of opening multiple products to get the right fit.

Source: RespCare

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

By Jobee Knight
Stress can come from a variety of sources such as a troubled relationship, a bad job condition, illness, financial pressures, the hormonal changes that accompany aging, or just plain old not getting enough good food and rest.  Sometimes the pressures of life can interfere with our sleepStress manifests on the physical level by an outpouring of the adrenal hormone cortisol.  The adrenal glands are small triangular-shaped glands that sit on top of each kidney.

Cortisol has a stimulating effect and can promote wakefulness at the very time when one is trying to fall asleep. Scientists have recently discovered that increased blood levels of cortisol exist in people with chronic insomnia.  Research has also uncovered that in the presence of elevated cortisol levels, the amount of calcium is rapidly reduced in the body – a mineral that’s widely known to assist with relaxation and sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Your Laziness Is Costing You Money

Sleeping the day away can lead to insomnia, and that can be costly to treat. “This can be fairly common when people don’t have a regular schedule, if they’re on vacation, or unemployed,” says Dr. Michael J. Breus, WebMD’s sleep expert and author of the Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan.

The insomnia borne of oversleep can lead to obstructive sleep apnea and hypertension; co-payments for related medications run $30 to $40 per month. Sleep aids like Tylenol PM run another $15 a month. And being up all night in the Internet age can lead to torching an extra few dollars on books at Amazon.com or downloads at Apple’s iTunes store. [ Read Complete Post at FORBES … ]

ZHT-New Alternative Sleep Apnea Cure Therapy

Dr. Jin Zhou, DC, is now accepting new patients with sleep apnea who is unable to tolerate CPAP or any device and/or failed to benefit from standard surgeries, with a possible conservative approach by ZHT (Zhou’s Hypoxicology Therapy), a natural therapy with seven year clinical observations. Sleep Apnea is a well-known deadly disease, if without proper clinical management, among increasing population.

CPAP is the Gold Therapy for sleep apnea, in addition to standard surgeries, but a significant number of sleep apnea patients failed to tolerate or benefit from standard CPAP or any device, and/or standard surgeries. ZHT therapy may provide an alternative natural approach for those sleep apnea patients without any available choices or clinical results from standard medical treatment. As an alternative chiropractic care, ZHT is not covered by most health plans. ZHT therapy costs may range from about $200-$350 for the initial visit and $57 – $150 for the subsequent visits. ZHT Appointments are available to patients nationwide without any need for referral. Read the rest of this entry

EU Probes To Keep Privigil Out Of Market

[Associated Press ] /European Union antitrust regulators said Thursday they are investigating whether drugmakers Cephalon and Teva were working to keep a generic version of sleep-disorder drug Provigil out of the European market.

Cephalon Inc., based in Fraser, Pa., and Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., one of the world’s largest generic drugmakers, in 2005 settled patent disputes relating to Provigil — which is also known as Modafinil — in the U.K. and the U.S. Teva agreed not to sell its generic version of Provigil in the EU as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway before October 2012, the EU’s competition watchdog said. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ BELMONT, Calif., April 4, 2011 / — Ventus Medical, Inc. today reported positive results from a 19 center clinical trial using its FDA-cleared Provent® Sleep Apnea Therapy device to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Provent Therapy uses the patient’s own breathing to create expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to keep the airway open during sleep. The full results of this three month study were published in the April 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed medical journal SLEEP, an official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“This randomized, sham-controlled study demonstrates that Provent Therapy significantly improves the apnea hypopnea index (AHI), a scale to measure the number of breathing interruptions or stoppages per hour of sleep, as well as subjective sleepiness, as measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea,” said study author Richard B. Berry, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, medical director of the University of Florida and Shands Sleep Disorders Center, and former president of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation. “Importantly, self-reported patient adherence on Provent Therapy was almost 90 percent.” Read the rest of this entry

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