Research into the link between diabetes and sleep patterns has revealed that people who suffer from the metabolic condition and who don’t sleep well have higher insulin resistance, and also find it more difficult to manage their diabetes.

The study, published in Diabetes Care, assessed the sleep of 40 people with type 2 diabetes over six nights, checking if they were suffering any problems with their sleep, such as insomnia, sleep apnea or snoring . They also provided blood samples so the researchers could analyse insulin and glucose levels .

It was found that the diabetics who were also poor sleepers had 23 per cent higher levels of blood glucose in the morning, as well as 48 per cent higher levels of blood insulin. For insulin resistance, these figures meant that poor sleepers with diabetes had 82 per cent higher insulin resistance than normal sleepers with diabetes. Want to learn how to help people to be relaxed and sleep well? Check out a bachelors in psychology.

Kristen Knutson, lead author on the study, commented “People who have a hard time controlling their blood glucose levels have a greater risk of complications. They have a reduced quality of life . And, they have a reduced life expectancy .”

Eve Van Cauter, co-author of the study, also said “This suggests that improving sleep quality in diabetics would have a similar beneficial effect as the most commonly used anti-diabetes drugs .” Diabetics are generally known to have worse sleep patterns than non-diabetics, and poor sleep has even been blamed as a potential risk factor for developing the disease.

Doctors say most of the people who snore do not have sleep apnea, but most the people with sleep apnea snore. And increasingly, the condition is being recognized as a risk factor for stroke and heart attack.

“Whenever we run out of enough air to breathe, it sends alerting signals to our minds,” says Dr. Michael Twery at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “It raises the levels of stress hormones. It tells our heart to work harder.”So the heart is working harder than it should, every night. (Read Complete Post At Voice Of America News.Com )

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and increased sympathetic activity is considered to be a causative link in this association. Higher levels of sympathetic activity have been reported in children with Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

Sympathetic predominance is indicated on heart rate variability (HRV) analysis by increased heart rate (HR) and a higher ratio of low-frequency to high-frequency band power (LF/HF). Improvement in Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) after adenotonsillectomy (AT) in children with Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) could, therefore, be associated with reduced HR and reduced LF/HF.

Changes in HR and time and frequency components of HRV were retrospectively analyzed in 2-min epochs free of respiratory events during light, deep, and rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep in children with Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). who underwent polysomnography before and after AT.Interested in helping people to live healthy lives? Learn more about nursing schools online. Read the rest of this entry

At the 8th Otolaryngology Exhibition and Conference, Royal Philips Electronics is demonstrating, for the second year in a row, its most recent innovative range of Sleep Diagnostics and Therapy Solutions. The event will take place in Dubai from the 8th – 10th of May at the Joharah ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah.

“There are a number of potential causes for a disturbed night’s sleep. These include sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which affects approximately 4% of the adult population,” says Diederik Zeven, General Manager of Philips Healthcare Middle East. “It’s a disorder characterized by airway collapse behind the tongue during sleep, which obstructs breathing. If untreated, it can contribute to the development of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes,” he adds.

As a global leader in the management of sleep disorders, Philips Healthcare has developed a wide range of products and solutions, from diagnostic tools through patient-centered sleep therapy devices, to help enhance the quality of sleep and thereby improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Read the rest of this entry

Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy is designed to significantly reduce the burden of obstructive sleep apnea by delivering mild stimulation to the upper airway during sleep.

Inspire therapy is a small, fully implantable system that utilizes well-established technologies from the fields of cardiac pacing and neurostimulation. Inspire therapy is currently available only through clinical trials at select medical centers in the United States and Europe.

The airway is dynamic structure…obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a dynamic condition…Inspire therapy is a dynamic therapy that works with the body’s physiology to prevent airway obstruction. Read the rest of this entry

Waikato District Health Board, An international sleep research study that requires at least 350 New Zealand volunteers, some at Waikato Hospital and some at Hutt Hospital, may lead to a new medical approach for the treatment of sleep apnea.

The study, known as Sleep Apnea Cardiovascular Endpoints Study (SAVE), is attempting to discover if the use of continuous positive airway pressure can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure in patients with sleep apnea.

Michael Hlavac, New Zealand SAVE Coordinator said, “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a common treatment for sleep apnea but we don’t know if it can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure which is associated with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

“Some research has shown that there may be a relationship between untreated sleep apnea and heart disease, stroke and impaired glucose metabolism (pre-diabetes).”

There are five sites in New Zealand looking for volunteers:

  1. North Island: Waikato Hospital, Tauranga Hospital and Hutt Hospital.
  2. South Island: Otago Respiratory Research Unit and Canterbury Respiratory Research Group.

5000 people from China, Australia, Brazil and India will be involved in study. Read the rest of this entry

For some, a diagnosis of high blood pressure, sleep apnea or fainting spells is a blessing – a ticket to nondeployable status in the military, a free pass from combat. But Lt. Brian Scanlon, 29, a civilian defense contractor from Woodbridge, never saw it that way. “Every day I was seeing the numbers of casualties from the war as part of my job,” he recalled. “I joined the Guard in 2006 to do what I could.” [ Read Complete Post At PilotOnline.Com … ]

Snorers looking for a cure are often told to sleep on their sides, not on their backs, so that the base of the tongue will not collapse into the back of the throat, narrowing the airway. But for some snorers, changing sleep position may not help much.

According to the scientists and sleep specialists there are two types of snorers: those who snore only when they sleep on their backs, and those who do it regardless of their position. After sleep researchers in Israel examined more than 2,000 sleep apnea patients, for example, they found that 54 percent were “positional,” meaning they snored only when asleep on their backs. The rest were “nonpositional.”

Several other research studies have shown that weight plays a major role. In one large study, published in 1997, patients who snored only while sleeping on their backs were typically thinner, while their nonpositional counterparts usually were heavier. The latter group, wrote the authors, consequently suffered worse sleep and more daytime fatigue. But that study also found that overweight patients saw reductions in the severity of their sleep apnea when they lost weight.

Are Stop Snoring Pillows Effective?

Stop snoring pillows are considered by many as an effective way to relieve snoring. It may sound untrue and impossible but the fact is, many people find a sort of relief and comfort with the use of stop snoring pillows.

Stop Snoring Pillows work by aligning our spine, head and neck in order to alleviate the possibility of obstructing the airway. By this idea, snoring can be lessened and avoided but only for short term.[ Read Complete Post … ]


If the decibel level in your bedroom is increasing and reaching beyond your tolerable limits owing to the loud snoring partner you both need to introduce certain very specific changes in your lifestyle. Encourage him/her to try these snoring remedies:

1. Lose weight to stop snoring related to obesity.

2. Avoid alcohol within three hours of bedtime, because alcohol relaxes throat muscles.Sedatives and sleeping pills have the same effect.

3. Exercise regularly, which helps control weight. It also promotes good overall muscle tone, which is beneficial.

4. Quit smoking. Tobacco smoke tends to inflame tissues of the upper airway.This swelling narrows airways, impeding airflow. Read the rest of this entry

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