Sleep Apnea Facts

  1. Sleep apnea affects up to 18 million Americans
  2. The condition was first described in 1965
  3. “Apnea” comes from a Greek word meaning “want of breath.”
  4. People with sleep apnea can stop breathing as many as 30 times or more each night.
  5. Often a spouse or other family member is the first to notice signs of sleep apnea in someone with the condition.
  6. Officials estimate 10 million Americans have the condition but have not been diagnosed. Read the rest of this entry

In a recently concluded research study the researchers from Germany and Switzerland evidenced that hypoxia in the context of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) might be a trigger for migraine and can be improved by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

Ulf Kallweit, MD, of University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, and colleagues assessed 11 patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS ) and migraine headache before and 1 year after conventional CPAP therapy. Six patients had migraine, 4 had migraine with aura, and 1 had chronic migraine. Their mean BMI was 29.7 kg/m2. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ FRAZER, Pa./ May 6, 2011 / At the Society of General Internal Medicine’s 34th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. today, Cephalon, Inc.  presented positive results from a phase IV trial of nearly 400 people with excessive sleepiness associated with shift work disorder. In the trial, NUVIGIL® (armodafinil) Tablets [C-IV] improved shift-workers’ overall clinical condition late in their shifts (i.e., 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.), including the commute home, compared to placebo. The key secondary endpoint of the study was to assess global function, as measured by the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF), and patients taking NUVIGIL experienced a greater improvement in GAF score compared to those patients taking placebo. Shift work disorder occurs when the body’s internal sleep-wake clock is out of sync with the individual’s work schedule – their bodies tell them to go to sleep when their work schedule needs them to stay awake. The primary symptoms of shift work disorder are excessive sleepiness and insomnia. Read the rest of this entry

Massage Envy Spa in Hillsborough and Flemington are collaborating with Somerset Medical Center’s Sleep for Life Center to offer patients a healthy and natural way to treat common sleep disorders. Using their expertise, the two entities can offer patients an alternative to prescription medication, saving them from potential adverse reactions and side effects that can come along with taking prescriptions.

Researchers have found that decreased serotonin levels can lead to disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia. Because massage therapy can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin, there is a tight connection between sleep and massage. Based on this relationship, Massage Envy Spa and Sleep for Life are combining their efforts on promoting a holistic approach to treating sleep problems. Read the rest of this entry

AZ-TMJ:Effective Sleep Apnea Treatments

AZ-TMJ is continuing to lead the way with innovative and effective treatments for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With approximately 1 in 5 adults having at least mild sleep apnea, and 1 in 15 classified as moderate sleep apnea sufferers, Dr. Stan Farrell is excited to announce the new addition of DME (durable medical equipment) billing.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person’s ability to breath is impaired, resulting in a restless sleep and often times snoring. “It’s important for patients to thoroughly understand the latent severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA),” explained Dr. Farrell.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is more than just snoring. It can be potentially life-threatening and requires medical attention.” With the ability to now process sleep apnea appliances through insurances and aid programs, the intraoral device developed by Dr. Farrell will be available to help even more patients suffering from sleep apnea than ever before.

The intraoral device enlarges the pharynx, allowing a significant improvement in snoring if patients are appropriately pre-screened with regard to their individual anatomy. After a thorough exam, AZ-TMJ can determine if an intraoral device is right for you. This device can be used with a Positive Airway Pressure unit (CPAP) to improve performance. Dr. Farrell has extensive training in Sleep Medicine, and has successfully provided many patients with custom oral appliances that not only treated their sleep apnea, but often eliminated their snoring all together.

How to Identify Sleep Apnea in Infants

According to statistics, sleep apnea is a common cause of death among infants not more than one year old—a condition which we call SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Definitely, losing a baby due to such condition can be very traumatic and depressing so it is very important be vigilant and watchful of your baby’s sleep behavior and breathing patterns.

Since babies with sleep apnea aren’t able to get the correct amount of sleep, oxygen supply to their young and developing body organs is not adequate. This may lead to effects on the kid’s performance when he or she grows, mostly are negative i.e. ADHD and other behavioral disorders.[ Read Complete Post By Cliff … ]

New FREE eBook for CPAP Machine Users

The CPAP Shop is announcing the launch of their new FREE eBook for CPAP machine users.

Being diagnosed with sleep apnea can be a difficult transition. It also requires a lifestyle change. Their goal is to make the purchase of CPAP supplies, accessories and equipment convenient and as easy as possible by providing knowledge and awareness to all current and potential customers.

The 2011 “Sleep in America” poll reported approximately two-thirds of Americans do not get enough sleep. The CPAP Shop experts have compiled a free 25 page eBook guide to CPAP machines, complete with descriptions, pictures, and useful information for people with sleep apnea.

This eBook covers topics from ”, “Treating Sleep Apnea” to “CPAP Machine Comparison Guideside Effects” and “Best Practices” and is meant to serve as an overall guide for CPAP novices or anyone wanting to stay current with the latest CPAP industry trends. The CPAP Shop’s new eBook launch aligns with their mission to provide customers with the best service possible and offer assistance and innovative products to improve lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea and Morning Headaches

Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder to present with a complaint of morning headache.  The International Classification of Headache Disorders now has a separate classification for sleep apnea headache.  By definition, the headache is present upon awakening and resolves on its own in 30 minutes or less, and is not better described by another headache disorder.

Unfortunately, the research on headache and sleep disorders has often yielded conflicting results with some research  even  failing to show an increase in headache among suffers of sleep disorders much less success with treatment.

One thing is sure, if you suffer from chronic headaches, it is important to rule out any underlying sleep disorders and to optimize the quality and quantity of your sleep.  Sleep problems may not cause the headache, but poor sleep is a powerful trigger. [ Read Complete Post By Lisa Shives, M.D.,  At CNN …   ]

Graymark Healthcare, Inc. the nation’s second largest provider of diagnostic sleep services and an innovator in comprehensive care for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), entered into subscription agreements with insiders and existing accredited investors to sell $3 million of newly issued shares of its common stock and warrants in a private placement.

Under the terms of the transaction, Graymark will sell 5,172,411 million shares for $0.58 per share, a 29% premium to Friday’s consolidated closing bid price of $0.45 per share. The purchasers will also receive warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of approximately 5,172,411 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.45 per share. The warrants may be exercised beginning 6 months after the closing date and will expire in 3 years. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place on or about May 6, 2011, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

No investment banking or advisory fees were paid by the company.The company intends to use the proceeds of this private placement to pay down its short-term debt obligations with Arvest Bank as well as for general corporate purposes.

Reportlinker announces that a new market research report The Respiratory Diagnostic Devices Market Outlook to 2016 . This report covers the epidemiology of the key respiratory disorders forecasting this to 2016. The report then goes on to give in depth analysis of the major diagnostic technologies including: blood gas analyzers, pulse oximeters, spirometers, full spectrum testing equipment, and polysomnographs. For each of these technology types an overview is given of the leading players and their products.

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