Low Energy Diet Improves Sleep Apnea

low energy dietObese men with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who followed a very low energy diet may maintain their initial improvements one year later.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, assessed whether early improvements in obstructive sleep apnea after a very low energy diet were maintained one year later in 63 men, aged 30 to 65 years, with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea and body mass index of 30 to 40 kg/m². Participants were treated with continuous positive airway pressure and underwent a one-year weight loss program consisting of nine weeks of a very low energy diet followed by a weight loss maintenance program, which was completed by 44 men. The severity of sleep apnea was measured using the apnea hypopnea index. Read the rest of this entry

Parents Must Focus on Safe Sleeping For Infants

sleeping with infantsParents must focus on providing a safe sleeping environment for infants and babies.

Preliminary data collected in the New Hampshire revealed that 81 infants died in their sleep from 2006 through 2012. “This type of death is so easily preventable,” said Dr. Thomas Andrew, the state’s chief medical examiner, referring to co-sleeping and unsafe sleep environment deaths. “Of the infants sleeping alone, many listed risks such as fluffy bedding, soft mattresses, over-bundling, or other unsafe sleep environments,” Andrew said.

Probable potential risks and dangers include obstructing the infant’s mouth and nose, which can lead to asphyxia, or re-breathing exhaled carbon dioxide, which can also induce death. Read the rest of this entry

How to Sleep At Work

Businessman Sleeping at DeskMany people who often feel tired during working hours feel that their level of energy is gone down. The fatigue factor is quite high among the working class these days. Need of an urgent nap is the key solution. Unless you have a very understanding employer or you work at one of a handful of companies worldwide, your request will be met with a blank look.

Majority of the companies treat sleep like surfing the internet – something their employees should be doing on their own time.

However, in the United States some big corporate and companies and business houses have started taking deep interest in their workers’ sleeping patterns. The reason is simple: a good night’s sleep means a well-rested staff member can be more productive. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Causes Nervous System Tumors

cerebromaSleep apnea patients have more risk to suffer from malignant cerebroma.The conclusion was drawn on the basis of a research study recently concluded at the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital in China.

Huang Chun-hao, director of the Sleep Center of the hospital’s branch in Talin Township of Chiayi County, Southern Taiwan, released his report on the “morbidity of the central nervous system tumors induced by sleep apnea” at a seminar hosted by the Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine at the Shin Kong Wu Ho Su Memorial Hospital in Taipei.

Huang said he has just completed a 10-year track of 112,555 adults who were diagnosed with sleep apnea between 2000 and 2003, as well as another 112,555 adults who did not have sleep apnea, finding that 2.96 out of every 10,000 adults with sleep apnea suffered malignant cerebroma, compared to 1.66 for those without. Cerebroma refers to abnormal brain tissue mass.

According to Huang after adjusting statistical information based on all related elements such as age, gender, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipemia, cerebrovascular disease, and Parkinson’s disease, he found the possibility for patients with sleep apnea to develop malignant cerebroma is 1.47-times higher than that of those without.

The doctor also cited foreign studies as indicating that women who enjoy good sleep see their possibility of suffering breast cancer drop significantly, while those who fail to sleep well have an increased possibility of suffering from benign colorectal adenoma. Those who are plagued by bad sleep and a shortness of oxygen face a higher risk of developing various cancers.

The effectiveness of the immune system decreases when the body has less oxygen, which, in turn, offers a better environment for cancer cell growth, according to Huang.

Earning and Raising Revenue While Sleeping

earn money while you sleepRoyal Philips Electronics has recently launched a five-year program providing free online screening for sleep apnea, a condition characterized by snoring that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, depression and other bummers.

Sleep research is fast becoming a boom industry, and there are many sleep research centers, sleep laboratories, and sleep hospitals around that will pay for participating in their programs and studies.

“Believe it or not, there are ways to get paid while you sleep,” says the website eHow. “You probably can’t get rich from any of these endeavors, but they can help to supplement your daytime income or pay bills between jobs. Many of them also allow you to follow a normal routine during the day.” Read the rest of this entry

Among patients who were identified as likely having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, treatment based in primary care was not clinically inferior to treatment at a specialist sleep center for improvement in daytime sleepiness scores, according to a study appearing in the March 13 issue of JAMA.

“Obstructive sleep apnea with accompanying daytime sleepiness was estimated during the early 1990s to affect between 2 percent and 4 percent of middle-aged adults. With growing awareness of the public health implications of untreated disease and rising obesity rates that have increased the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, there has been a steady demand for sleep service provision in specialist centers and growing waiting lists for sleep physician consultation and laboratory-based polysomnography (PSG),” according to background information in the article. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Deprived Pilots Plunged in to Atlantic

air france flight crash 2009On a storm-hit night in the month of June 2009 an Air France flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean and 228 lives were lost when the Airbus was on its regular overnight flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

The flight data recorder reveals that the pilots were all dangerously sleep deprived. Captain of the flight could get barely one hour’s sleep the night before.

A new report obtained by the French news magazine Le Point reveals that the 58-year-old captain, Marc Debois, can be heard on a black box recording saying, “I didn’t sleep enough last night. Read the rest of this entry

Homeschooled Teens Get Healthier Sleep

teenagers sleep problemsA recently concluded research study revealed that the teenagers who are homeschooled benefit from healthier sleep habits than those who go to most private and public schools.

The findings provide additional evidence of teens’ altered biological clocks and support an argument for starting traditional high school later in the morning.

“We have a school system that is set up so that the youngest children, who are awake very early in the morning, start school latest, and our adolescents, who need sleep the most, are being asked to wake up and go to school at a time when their brains should physiologically be asleep,” said Lisa Meltzer, PhD, a sleep psychologist at National Jewish Health in Denver, and lead author of the study. Read the rest of this entry

78% People Unaware That They Have Sleep Apnea

sleep awarenessPhilips Electronics has announced the results of an extensive new scientific study into sleep apnea, conducted over the last two years by Philips in collaboration with University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands), Medisch Spectrum Twente Hospital (Enschede, the Netherlands), and patients’ organization ApneuVereniging.

The study, which surveyed 4,206 Philips employees in the Netherlands, revealed that 6.4% of them suffered from sleep apnea. A striking finding was that 78% of the people surveyed who reported symptoms of sleep apnea were entirely unaware that they were suffering from this sleep disorder.

Despite that fact that many people are unaware that they suffer from sleep apnea, the condition can have serious consequences for their health. It is also not difficult to treat. The aim of the study was therefore to gather up-to-date scientific information about how often sleep apnea, the commonest form of which is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) caused by obstruction of the upper airway, occurs. Read the rest of this entry

Take Charge of Your Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea awarenessUntreated sleep apnea, a condition that affects one in five Americans, can have dire health consequences. Sleep apnea is manageable through therapy, but because successful therapy is so individualized, getting to the right solution can be daunting. Learning from other patients’ stories can be critical to success, and a new effort launched today brings new sleep apnea patients together with these therapy veterans.

The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), the leading national patient organization for the condition and Wake Up to Sleep (WakeUpToSleep.com), an online patient support community, are launching an educational initiative to wake Americans up to the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and the treatment options available to improve their quality of life. The ASAA offers a comprehensive set of resources for those searching for information, and Wake Up to Sleep has one-on-one sleep coaches for those who have been newly diagnosed with sleep apnea or those who are struggling to control it. The joint initiative features a series of educational events leading up to Sleep Apnea Awareness Day on April 18th including a Twitter chat, discussion and the opportunity to submit video and written patient testimonials showcasing their treatment success. Read the rest of this entry

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