Freshly Retired Germans Sleep Better

retired german good sleepingFreshly retired Germans tend to sleep better than their working counterparts, concludes a recent research study. However, as old age sets in, getting good-quality sleep becomes increasingly difficult.

Owing to reasons linked to career or family related stress issues almost one third of the adults have, at some point in their lives, suffered from sleep problems.

According to the findings of a recently concluded research study by the scientists of the Basel University and the German Institute for Economic Research, the retirement or a substantial long break from professional strain is as a nocturnal respite for elders. Read the rest of this entry

poor sleep in university studentsSleep is an essential physiological process for humans. University students residing in countries that are quite resource limited in terms of healthcare and social structures often report poor sleep quality due to changing social opportunities and increasing academic demands.

Sleep quality among university students has never been studied in countries like Ethiopia. A recently concluded research study has attempted assessment of seep quality and its demographic and psychological correlates among university students. This study used cross-sectional survey methods and included participant students from two universities in Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry

sleep disordered breathing and snoring in childrenSleep disturbances are nowadays a public health concern throughout the world. They affect millions of people, and their prevalence is increasing not only in adults but also in children. Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is one of the most common sleep disturbances; it represents a continuum of symptoms from simple snoring to obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). While the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in adults is 2–10 %, the prevalence of snoring is much higher. The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among children and adolescents has been reported to range between 1 and 3 % and that of snoring between 7 and 25 %.

It is alarming that overweight and obesity are becoming more common in children and adolescents in many developed countries. A recent report revealed that 10 % of children and 26 % of adolescents are overweight in Finland. Excess body fat is a well-recognized risk factor for Sleep-disordered breathing in adults, but it has also been proposed to be an important risk factor for paediatric Sleep-disordered breathing . In children, traditional risk factors for Sleep-disordered breathing include adenotonsillar hypertrophy, deviations in craniofacial morphology and dental occlusion. Thus, the pathogenesis of Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in children seems to be complex and multifactorial.  Read the rest of this entry

man-snoringSleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release] /WASHINGTON, DC/December 22, 2012 / The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction of your airways. When you are in a prone position, your airways naturally constrict to some degree. If you have sleep apnea, this constriction will be more exaggerated, resulting in loud, labored breathing.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include: Daytime sleepiness, Frequent headaches, Waking up and not feeling refreshed, Night sweats

Some symptoms of sleep apnea may only be noticed by a loved one or roommate. These include: Nighttime choking, Gasping for air during sleep, Frequent periods of breathlessness during sleep, Restlessness or tossing and turning in your sleep.If your loved one brings any of these symptoms to your attention, it is important to see a dentist for a sleep apnea evaluation. Read the rest of this entry

dental marketing[SleepApneaDisorder/ Press Release/] Dental practices that provide sleep apnea treatment can now easily set up their own online dental marketing campaigns. Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. (IDA) has a new toolkit that includes targeted dental websites (New Patient Portals), dental directory listings in IDA’s nationwide network, Facebook pages, mobile websites, and much more. It’s called the New Patient Marketing Machine™, and it can be quickly customized and optimized to attract new patients searching online for dentists who can help them with their snoring and sleep disorders.

Using selections from IDA’s online library of professionally pre-written articles, a Portal can be easily set up to serve as a patient information center. When they have finished reading about sleep apnea, site visitors can learn about the doctor’s credentials and philosophy, then set up an appointment right on the site. Dentists can also use their Portal to advertise their clinical skills to other dental professionals who may want to send referrals. Read the rest of this entry

Sleepsafe Drivers Adds SleepWorks

fleetSleepsafe Drivers, an established provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment programs for the transportation industry, has now added SleepWorks to its sleep provider network.

The expanded Sleepsafe Drivers Network now has over 140 locations throughout the United States to assist in the treatment and testing of sleep apnea.

“Helping fleets maintain the many driver health and safety issues that surround sleep apnea is our top priority,” said Dana Voien, president of Sleepsafe Drivers. “Adding SleepWorks to our network of healthcare providers helps us further achieve our goal of ‘keeping the wheels rolling safely’ on a national basis.”

The SleepSafe Drivers program is offered as a complete solution that allows drivers to be diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea in a confidential, convenient and cost effective manner, the company said.

Free Sleep Apnea Toolkit

sleep apnea toolkitThe Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care aims to help you detect and prevent airway complications in patients who present for surgery with the common breathing disorder.

To facilitate such patients and many other people suffering from sleep apnea the AAAHC has introduced sleep apnea toolkit.

The toolkit includes considerations for optimum pre-, intra- and post-operative patient care as well as guidelines for screening patients’ risks for obstructive sleep apnea.

The toolkit was developed by the AAAHC’s Institute for Quality Improvement. AAAHC-accredited ASCs will receive a laminated copy by mail. The accreditor is currently planning additional toolkits, including one on assessing deep vein thrombosis and another on preventing patient falls.This sleep apnea tool kit is available for free download for everyone.

Fibromyalgia: Research Studies Show Natural Remedies

fibromygiaFibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja), is a condition that affects five to six million Americans. Eighty to ninety percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women and most people are diagnosed during middle age. Fibromyalgia presents itself as widespread chronic pain, multiple tender points in joints and muscles, sleep disturbances and insomnia, extreme fatigue, stress, anxiety, and an interference with basic daily activities. A high percentage may also have irritable bowel syndrome, which could suggest a food allergy component.

According to the National Institutes of Health web site, many people with fibromyalgia report varying degrees of success with complementary and alternative therapies such as massage, low impact exercise or stretching, chiropractic treatments, vitamins and minerals, eliminating allergic foods, avoiding caffeine or alcohol, and drinking a lot of water. Read the rest of this entry

menopauseThe North American Menopause Society (NAMS) reports that an estimated 6,000 U.S. women reach menopause each day, which translates to over 2 million women every year. The average age of natural menopause, which is the point of a woman’s last menstrual period, is 51.4, but some reach menopause in their 40s or 60s. The Women’s Health Initiative study, which followed 16,608 women being given hormone replacement therapy (HRT), discovered a high risk of breast cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke from the use of these drugs. As a result, more and more women today are seeking the use of natural remedies for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, migraine headaches, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia.

One well-known natural remedy is Vitamin E, a substance famous for it’s health benefits to glands and organs. Adelle Davis, the first nutritionist to base her recommendations on science-based studies, says: “During the menopause the need for vitamin E soars ten to fifty times over that previously required. Hot flashes and night sweats often disappear when 50 to 500 units of vitamin E are taken daily, but they quickly recur should the vitamin be stopped.” One study supporting this is from the University of Iran, published in Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation in 2007. 400 IU of vitamin E in a softgel cap was given to the participants daily for four weeks. A diary was used to measure hot flashes before the study and at its end. They concluded that vitamin E is effective and is a recommended treatment for hot flashes. Read the rest of this entry

sleep apneaA recently concluded research study at the EUROECHO and other Imaging Modalities 2012 revealed that people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have the same early cardiovascular damage as diabetics.

The research study involved detailed assessment of  endothelial and arterial function in 20 non-diabetic patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) , 20 patients with treated type 2 diabetes mellitus (matched for age, sex and cardiovascular risk factors), and 20 healthy controls (age and sex matched). Read the rest of this entry

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