Make Funny Faces To Improve Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep apnea is a treatable disorder. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, one in 15 adults has some form of sleep apneaSleep apnea is the interruption of breathing while sleeping caused by either an obstruction or a lack of brain impulse, and can be experienced by adults, teens, children and infants. Sleep apnea not only poses a health risk to the sufferer, it can be very concerning to loved ones. While the sufferer may be unaware, often partners sleep restlessly waiting for their next breath. A recent research study published in the journal “Sleep” found that poor sleep quality and developing brain damage caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could be responsible for a whole host of cognitive issues – from poor memory to heart agitation.

Making faces and sticking out your tongue might not just be for sassy kids – it might be the keys to a good night’s sleep. 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

Kids with sleep apnea briefly stop breathing several times nightly; each subtle mini-awakening keeps them from getting essential deep sleep. They often have learning and behavior problems, and they’re at increased risk for higher blood pressure.

A recent study of healthy elementary school kids found a quarter had mild sleep apnea (often caused by chronic sinus infections); one (01) percent suffered severely. Obesity, the usual trigger in adults, sometimes plays a role, but the likeliest cause is oversize tonsils or adenoids.

School age kids with sleep apnea usually breathe noisily or snore. Your sleeping child’s chest may also move vigorously or his head tip back in a groggy attempt to get more air.

The only way to confirm sleep apnea is to visit a sleep lab. It’s treated by removing tonsils and adenoids or by helping your child shed excess pounds. Sinus medication may help, as might sleeping with the head propped up.

Nearly 1 in 15 Americans have sleep apnea, and according to this study sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Women with severe sleep apnea have the highest incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes. This increased prevalence was primarily driven by a higher incidence of gestational diabetes and early preterm birth.

“Our findings suggest that moderate to severe sleep-disordered breathing may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly gestational diabetes and preterm birth,” principal investigator Dr. Francesca L. Facco, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University in Chicago, was quoted as saying.

“However, it is unclear if sleep-disordered breathing is a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes independent of obesity.” Read the rest of this entry

What is polysomnography and why is it important?

  • Polysomnography (PSG), also called a sleep study, is the best test for diagnosing sleep-disordered breathing, which can include snoring, gasping, choking episodes, and breath-holding (apnea).
  • PSG is like getting an EKG but while asleep: children stay overnight, with their parent, in a special sleep lab with stick-on electrodes that record oxygen levels, respiratory effort, heart rate, and other factors.
  • PSG is important because it helps doctors and families make evidence-based decisions about tonsillectomy and whether the surgery can be ambulatory (out-patient) or requires an overnight hospital stay.

The Importance of Polysomnography Guideline

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 45 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that causes a person to briefly and repeatedly stop breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a debilitating, often life-threatening sleep disorder an estimated 800 thousand patients are being diagnosed with OSA per year in the USA and approximately 10% being treated.According to Jim Boyle a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Sleep Disorder Specialist with 20 years clinical experience has treated hundreds of OSA suffers and is the genesis behind People with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and Type II diabetes. Boyle founded the Company to offer a convenient and cost effective alternative to diagnosing and treating sleep apnea patients. Read the rest of this entry

Battery packs are now available for Transcendthe new wearable sleep apnea therapy device designed to be the ultimate travel  CPAP. A convenient optional power source, these Lithium Ion packs are available  in 4-cell and 8-cell sizes.

Battery life for the packs will depend on the pressure setting and breathing  patterns of each individual user. The 4-cell battery pack will power Transcend for approximately 7 to 9 hours and the 8-cell battery pack will power Transcend for approximately 14 to 16 hours. The battery packs may be charged with AC line  power or with a mobile power adapter and must be fully charged before the first  use. Charge time for the 4-cell may take five hours; the 8-cell may take as much  as eight hours.

In addition to being used as a power source, the battery packs serve as a  power source backup when used with AC line power. Should the power go out,  Transcend will continue to provide patients with therapy.

Transcend battery packs come with adjustable chest and arm straps. Patients  may choose to strap the battery pack to their chest or arm, or simply put it  under their pillow. Read the rest of this entry

Watermark Medical, Inc. (“Watermark”), the leader in Health Information  Technology for managing chronic diseases, has aligned with the American Academy  of Sleep Medicine (AASM) in expanding requirements for board certified doctors  on their end to end cloud based platform for diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea  (OSA).In addition, Watermark announced today the commercial availability of WM  Secure Sleep Study™ (WM S3). The WM S3 integrates with the ARES™ home sleep test to provide “chain of custody” (CoC) validation to support occupational testing  of commercial truck drivers in the comfort of their home or cab. The  transportation industry’s growing recognition of the liability, cost and health  risk resulting from untreated OSA has caused a call to action to implement more  robust screening and testing protocols. Read the rest of this entry

Preschoolers who don’t get  enough sleep are more likely than other children to be hyperactive and  inattentive by the time they reach kindergarten, according to a new study.

Although attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is typically  not diagnosed before age 5, the study’s authors said the onset of  ADHD-like symptoms, such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity,  often occurs earlier.

“These findings suggest that some children who are not getting adequate  sleep may be at risk for developing behavioral problems manifested by  hyperactivity, impulsivity, and problems sitting still and paying  attention,” study lead author Erika Gaylor, senior researcher for SRI  International, an independent, nonprofit research institute in Menlo Park,  Calif., said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep  Medicine. Read the rest of this entry

Stopping Sleep Apnea

A Medical Report from the Mayo Clinic says the risk for heart attack and stroke is much higher for anyone suffering from sleep apnea. It can also aggravate diabetes, cause cardiovascular problems, and contribute to memory problems. Doctors recommend using a C-PAP machine, a device that goes over your nose and provides air pressure while you breath at night.Sleep apnea may run in families. It’s also associated with obesity.

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