provent therapySleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/Asheville, NC /Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder suffered by millions of Americans, and shockingly 3 of 4 sufferers go undiagnosed. OSA constitutes the blocking of the airflow to the respiratory system for periods of time causing the sufferer loss of sleep and overall health.

When treating OSA the bulk of physicians will recommend continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP to their patients. This is a very effective method of treatment, but not all users are happy about wearing a CPAP mask throughout the night. In fact around half of users give up on CPAP therapy within a month.

A new alternative is Provent sleep therapy. Provent, manufactured by Ventus Medical, uses a “MicroValve” design which creates back pressure during exhalation to keep the airway from closing.

Provent was put to the test by Journal Sleep when they trialed its use with 250 sleep apnea sufferers. The study concluded that Provent therapy reduced the effects OSA noticeably during a three month time period.

For more information on Provent visit their website at http://www.proventtherapy.com/index.php  A 30 day trial can also be purchased at http://www.cheapcpapsupplies.com/Provent-30-Day-Supply.html

Sleep Loss Among Teenage Students

teenage sleep lossDespite sleep deprivation being a problem, people don’t recognize why teenagers feel quite sleepy often and how to fix it. Easiest blame-targets are mobile phones and computers along with homework and extra-curricular activities.

High tech gadgets, technology and schoolwork do have their place in sleep deprivation, these reasons aren’t the entire problem among teens and always being “just tired.” Most people don’t understand that if teens don’t start trying to alter their sleep habits, long-lasting damage, such as difficulties with weight, mood and grades, could occur. Read the rest of this entry

Dietary Nutrients and Sleep Relations Among Women

women sleepA 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

central sleep apneaAlong with obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea is one of the two main forms of sleep apnea, a dangerous class of sleep disorders characterized by an interruption of breathing of 10 seconds or more numerous times an hour during sleep.

Dangers of Central Sleep Apnea 

Although central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea, it is just as dangerous.

Central sleep apnea can result in severe morning headaches, daytime fatigue, anxiety, depression, short-term memory problems and difficulty focusing.  Read the rest of this entry

sleep aidsSome prescription medicines, as well as some prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids, can cause problems with sleep. The fix may be to adjust the type or dose of medication or seek sleep behavior therapy.

Prescription sleep aids and other prescription medications can interfere with much-needed sleep, reports the December 2012 Harvard Health Letter.

Sleep is essential to good health, and a lack of it can lead to sleep apneaheart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, weight gain, and diabetes. Yet one in five Americans struggle with insomnia every night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. “Prescription drugs can be a serious problem,” says sleep expert Dr Lawrence Epstein, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Some prescription sleep aids, when taken for long periods of time, become less effective and actually interfere with sleep.

Other types of prescription medications may also interfere with sleep. Some contain stimulants that make it difficult to fall asleep. Others—like steroids, antidepressants, and some medicines for migraine, heart disease, and allergies—can wake you with nausea, night sweats, or needing to go to the bathroom.

non 24Vanda Pharmaceuticals new drug for non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder showed positive results in a late-stage study.

Non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, also known as N24HSWD, is a chronic and little-known sleep dysfunction, mostly observed in blind people. The disorder results in symptoms of insomnia and/or excessive sleepiness. Currently there is no approved treatment for the disorder.

The drug– called tasimelteon, a circadian regulator, showed significant improvements across a number of sleep and wake parameters including measures of total sleep time, nap duration, and timing of sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Extended Sleep Ease Out Pain

sleepA  research published in the journal SLEEP, revealed that enhanced sleep time and reduced sleepiness in mildly sleepy, but otherwise healthy, individuals increases alertness and in turn reduces pain sensitivity.

“Our results suggest the importance of adequate sleep in various chronic pain conditions or in preparation for elective surgical procedures,” says Timothy Roehrs (Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan).

“We were surprised by the magnitude of the reduction in pain sensitivity, when compared to the reduction produced by taking codeine.” Read the rest of this entry

environmental heatStruggling to sleep through soaring temperatures is a matter of concern for many people around the world.

Sleep and body control of temperature (thermoregulation) are interlinked in a complex way.  Core body temperature follows a 24-hour cycle linked with the sleep-wake rhythm. Body temperature decreases during the night-time sleep phase and rises during the wake phase.

Maximum probability for sleep to occur is when core temperature is on decrease. This probability is minimum when the core temperature is on rise.Human hands and feet play a key role in facilitating sleep as they permit the heated blood from the central body to lose heat to the environment through the skin surface.

The sleep hormone melatonin plays an important part of the complex loss of heat through the peripheral parts of the body. At the onset of the sleep , core body temperature falls but peripheral skin temperature rises. But temperature changes become more complex during sleep as our temperature self-regulation varies according to sleep stage. Read the rest of this entry

sleep studyIt 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

Weight Reducing and Better Sleep Tips

food and sleepFor better quality sleep you should prefer trying to lose a few pounds. Its all about your appetite; the more control you have on it the more control will be effective on your weight.Here are 10 all time tested strategies to help you sleep better;

1. Water

Can water help you stay full? Well, drink several glasses of  water, you get filled up and eat less. Water can help you lose weight by keeping you feeling full and helping to reduce  your consumption of other high-calorie drinks (and foods). A recent study found  that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals three  times per day lost about 5 pounds more than other dieters. Try drinking about  two 8-ounce glasses before each meal. Read the rest of this entry

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