CPAP can increase alertness and improve quality of life for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), even if their symptoms are minimal, according to a study conducted by researchers in Europe. Patients enrolled in the study reported an improvement in daytime sleepiness within 6 months of beginning CPAP treatment.

Treatment with CPAP clearly reduces daytime sleepiness and improves quality of life in patients with very limited symptoms, at a rate of about half the improvement seen in patients with more severe symptoms,” said Sonya Craig, research fellow at Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England.

Researchers analyzed data from 341 patients from 10 medical centers, with proven OSA but insufficient current symptoms, as judged by both the patient and the sleep physician, to justify CPAP therapy. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Disorders Among Post-Combat Soldiers

Sleeping disorders reported by troops returning from the war zone may be a normal result of time in combat rather than a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, according to a study to be published this summer in the peer-reviewed journal Military Medicine.

Sleep Disruption Among Returning Combat Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan,” presented during last month’s American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, examines the sleep patterns of 69 servicemembers who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan between 2006 and 2008.

According to an Army news release, 8 percent of soldiers in Afghanistan were taking mental health-related medications to treat sleep problems in 2008, while soldiers in Iraq averaged 5.6 hours of sleep per night, significantly less than the 6.4 hours individuals indicated they required to feel rested. Previous studies have shown that troops returning from war are likely to sleep poorly in the months after they come home.[ Read Complete Post By Seth Robson At Stars and Stripes … ]

Sleep apnea testing generally requires an overnight stay in a sleep clinic, tens of wires attached to your head and body (glued), and tubes inserted into your nose and in front of your mouth. This setup makes for a difficult sleep on top of existing abnormalities, and, because the clinics need to be staffed all night, is relatively expensive.

Watermark Medical, out of Boca Raton, Florida, provides at home diagnostic solutions for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea by giving patients a headset, of sorts, to wear at home during sleep. Their device, the ARES Unicoder, collects O2 saturation, nasal airflow, pulse rate, snoring, head movement, and REM/NREM via an EEG. This data is combined with clinical indicators to provide an apnea index and respiratory disturbance index that allows physicians to diagnose sleep apnea.

The product, named by the Cleveland Clinic as a top 10 medical innovation of 2010, is being marketed as a reimbursable, less expensive alternative to in-lab sleep apnea testing.

Inspire Medical Systems, the leading developer of neurostimulation therapies for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), announced today The STAR trial (Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction), evaluating both the safety and effectiveness of Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy, is currently underway at 9 leading medical centers across the United States and at 4 sites in Europe. In addition, several OSA patients have already been implanted with Inspire therapy in The STAR trial. Read the rest of this entry

A new computer screening tool developed and patented by a UB physician is helping to detect severe obstructive sleep apnea in cardiovascular patients who have not yet been diagnosed with this common and potentially dangerous condition.

The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is being conducted by a UB researcher at the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System.

The goal is to evaluate how well the computer screening tool developed at UB diagnoses sleep apnea in patients with heart disease, compared to an overnight sleep study, or polysomnography, considered the ‘gold standard’ for diagnosing sleep apnea.

“The importance of this grant is that it may give us a faster way to screen for sleep apnea in patients who are already at high risk but who are undiagnosed,” says principal investigator Ali A. El Solh, professor of medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and professor of social and preventive medicine, School of Public Health and Health Professions. Read the rest of this entry

Umbian has launched a 3-month pilot program for its compliance management solution, U-Sleep. U-Sleep is being launched for the commercial transportation industry and will monitor individual drivers who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are undergoing treatment for sleep apnea.

U-Sleep monitors PAP device usage, coaches drivers into therapy compliance, and provides detailed reporting to both the driver and their employer. It also allows companies to define specific rules that establish a therapy compliance standard for their organization.

Throughout the pilot program, U-Sleep will monitor drivers who utilize a Philips Respironics PAP device that wirelessly shares usage data on a daily basis. U-Sleep sends real-time notifications via e-mail, text message, or voice call when the company’s specific compliance standard is achieved or violated. Read the rest of this entry

Acurest, a provider of custom-made CPAP nasal masks, is now offering its TrueFIT Custom Mask to sleep apnea sufferers in the United States. Made specifically for each individual from the mold of the patient’s face, Acurest’s TrueFIT Custom Mask features hypoallergenic materials, is leak free, and fits comfortably, allowing for ease of movement during sleep.

Derived from collaboration between CPAP users, technicians, and engineers, Acurest was formed in 2008 to further develop custom-made solutions as an alternative to conventional masks.

“Since 1964, I have been studying and treating patients who suffer from sleep apnea,” said neurologist and credentialed sleep physician, Dr John Lawrence Corbett, in a prepared statement. “Everything patients voice to me that they want—comfort and effectiveness—the TrueFIT Custom Mask provides. It’s apparent that the attention to detail, implementation of user feedback, integration of medical innovations, and engagement with renowned prosthetics company, Medical Art, make the mask the best product on the market.”

Acurest has partnered with Dallas’ Medical Art Prosthetics to build state of the art, revolutionary, TrueFIT masks that are contoured to each individual and provide maximum sleep satisfaction. Customized masks can be found by visiting www.acurest.com.au and clicking on the TrueFIT Custom Mask tab.(Source:SleepReview)

For Best Quality Sleep Work Out in The Morning

What is the best time in a day to exercise? The morning or the evening?

New research on physical activity and sleep architecture being presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine and the 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine may finally answer that age-old question. For the best sleep, researchers say, work out in the morning.

Insufficient sleep threatens our country’s health by contributing to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity,” said Scott Collier, Ph.D., FACSM, lead author of the study. “Exercise is proven to improve the quality of sleep, and our team wanted to see if the timing of exercise could maximize these benefits.”

Researchers with Appalachian State University studied the effects of exercise timing on the sleep patterns of six male and three female subjects. Each subject visited the lab on three separate occasions at pre-determined times – one at 7 a.m., one at 1 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. – for 30 minutes of treadmill exercise. At night, subjects wore a sleep-monitoring headband to measure sleep stage time and quality of sleep. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release ]/ Boulder, Colorado / June 09, 2011 / Dr. Mark Barnes is pleased to announce his affiliation with Sleep Therapeutics in Boulder, CO. Over the course of his 24 years practicing in Colorado, Dr. Barnes has successfully treated hundreds of patients with oral appliances for sleep-related disorders at his private practice located in Boulder, CO.

“I am thrilled to be affiliated with Sleep Therapeutics in Boulder because it allows me to work with other medical professionals toward a common goal of helping those who suffer from sleep apnea. I really enjoy working with the experienced team of experts at Sleep Therapeutics, and look forward to serving patients there,” said Dr. Mark Barnes, Boulder dentist. Read the rest of this entry

NeuroTrials Research, an independent research organization in Atlanta devoted to investigational drug, medical device, consumer research and diagnostic testing, has been selected to conduct two new clinical research studies of an investigational sleep medication on the breathing function of participants with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Nationally recognized physicians and researchers founded NeuroTrials over a decade ago. NeuroTrials continues to attract important early phase- phase IV studies that impact the health and welfare of residents in Atlanta and nationwide. Over 24 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD and as many as 1 in 3 American men suffer from OSA. Read the rest of this entry

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