Economic Impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

NovaSom, Inc., the leader in home sleep testing for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) management, announces it has collaborated with Jefferson School of Population Health to convene the first expert advisory board exploring the impact of undiagnosed OSA on healthcare costs and productivity in the workplace. The unique event brought together top industry thought leaders to discuss new avenues for employers to administer OSA screening, diagnosis and treatment for employees in an effort to manage the growing OSA epidemic within their organization. It took place in Washington, DC on March 9, 2012. Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Rise in Malaysia

Almost 7% of the Malaysian adult population is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea(OSA), a deadly sleep disorder that severely affects the breathing process.

The Philips Health and Wellbeing Index is a comprehensive analysis of responses from over 31,000 people (from 47 countries, including Malaysia) on their health and wellbeing. This specific sleep study concluded in the year 2010 and the findings were released at the end of 2011.

“Most common cause of all sleep-related disorders was obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People who have this disorder stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping”, says Philips Malaysia managing director Naeem Shahab Khan. . Read the rest of this entry

A nightly breathing treatment may do more than help people with obstructive sleep apnea get a good night’s rest — it may also help prevent heart failure.

In a study published in Circulation: Heart Failure, a journal of the American Heart Association, researchers in the U.K. discovered that moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause changes in the heart’s shape and function, similar to the effects of hypertension. These changes include increased mass, thickening of the heart wall and reduced pumping ability.

But, six months after continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment, the abnormalities returned to near-normal measurements in sleep apnea patients. Read the rest of this entry

Demanding schedules and high stress levels compel almost 78% of the corporate employees to sleep less than 6 hours every day leading to variety of sleep disorders and other health problems.

The ASSOCHAM survey findings revealed that “Loss of sleep has wide ranging effects including daytime fatigue, physical discomfort, psychological stress, performance deterioration, low-pain threshold and increase absenteeism”.

Women are at more risk as they suffer with more sleep problems than men. More than 50% of women said they frequently experience a sleep problem. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Related Facts-Figures and Vital Signs

Nicholas Jackson puts the latest facts and figures from the all of the most influential medical journals; newspapers; and health, fitness, and wellness websites.

  • 5,400,000  — The approximate number of kids in the United States that have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC). Source: “ADHD More Common Among Youngest Kids in Class: Overdiagnosed?” CBS.
  • 5.5 — The percentage that diagnosis rates of ADHD have increased, on average, per year from 2003 to 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Source: “ADHD More Common Among Youngest Kids in Class: Overdiagnosed?” CBS.
  • 6 — The percentage of airline pilots who work the same shift every day, according to a new 2012 Sleep in America poll, which suggests that variable schedules lead to sleepiness which leads to slower reaction times, decreased attention, and problems processing and learning information.  Source: “One in Five Pilots Report a Serious Error Related to Sleepiness,” the Wall  Street Journal. Read the rest of this entry

A recently concluded research study findings are important for parents who often think that snoring babies are deeply sleeping ones. This research however revealed that snoring, along with mouth-breathing and sleep apnea, are sure symptoms of disordered sleep and the chances of developing long-term problems in children’s behavior and emotional well-being are quite high.

Findings of this research study have been published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers say that babies who have these sleep problems at 6 months may be anywhere from 20% to 100% more likely to have problem behaviors such as hyperactivity by age 7.

The study was conducted with more  than 11,000 children followed for over six years at the at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the researchers found that young children with sleep-disordered breathing are prone to developing behavioral difficulties such as hyperactivity and aggressiveness, as well as emotional symptoms and difficulty with peer relationships. Read the rest of this entry

How To Deal With Your Child’s Sleep Problems

Children usually pass through a phase of transition in and out of sleep stages throughout the night.

As the children grow in age you as parents might have observed that sometimes your children wake a little, check the clock, adjust a pillow, or roll over, before they fall back to sleep.

Children usually do this without fully waking up. These are actually sleep stages and the changes in these sleep patterns are quite probable as the children gow. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Like A Baby As You Grow Old!

If you are getting older you are more likely to sleep like a baby!

Nearly 100 million Americans are suffering from one or other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, sleep disturbance and daytime fatigue to name just a few. But those who are getting older have good news that their sleep is getting better as they grow old. A good night’s sleep just like a baby sleep gets possible in older age.

A research study performed on more than 150,000 Americans concluded recently and published in the March edition of the Journal SLEEP revealed that sleep seems to improve over a lifetime, with the fewest sleep complaints coming from people in their 80s. Read the rest of this entry

One of the premier providers of innovative supplies for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) products for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Circadiance announces the launch of its latest product evolution with the New and Improved SleepWeaver® Advance soft cloth nasal CPAP mask with the revolutionary Zzzephyr Seal®.

“The evolution of this product is the result of ongoing communication with our customers, reseller network and sleep technicians throughout the world,” said David Groll, CEO. “Our focus on quality through feedback has led to the re-engineering and significant improvement to our successful SleepWeaver® soft cloth nasal CPAP mask providing an even better fit and seal.” Read the rest of this entry

Philips Respironics Improves CPAP Machines

Building on their highly successful System One humidification, Philips  Respironics has introduced an additional humidification solution that enhances  performance, flexibility and comfort for the sleep apnea sufferer. The System  One Heated Tube provides CPAP users with air temperature control, improved humidification and rainout  protection. The Heated Tube can only be found on the Philips Respironics System  One REMstar Auto A-Flex with Heated Humidification and Heated Tube model  DS560TS.

The System One Heated Tube takes into account the room temperature and  humidity by using a sensor at the end of the Heated Tube to allow the CPAP user to choose what temperature is  right for them and at the same time protects against rainout. The Heated  Tube is a welcome advance in CPAP therapy and is just another reason why Philips  Respironics is a leader in the sleep therapy market. Read the rest of this entry

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