A new study from the University of Colorado at Boulder has found that people who take one of the world’s most commonly prescribed sleep medicines are significantly more at risk for nighttime falls, potential injury, and memory impairment. The study, which involved twenty-five healthy adults, showed 58 percent of the older adults and 27 percent of the young adults who took a hypnotic, sleep-inducing drug called zolpidem showed a significant loss of balance and impaired thinking-ability when awakened two hours after sleep.
Zolpidem is a generic drug that is marketed under a number of different brand names, including Ambien, Zolpimist, Edluar, Hypogen, Somidem and Ivedal.  “These findings are important because falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults, and 30 percent of adults sixty-five and older who fall, require hospitalization each year,” said Associate Professor Kenneth Wright, lead study author. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ KEY BISCAYNE, FL/- The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education is proud to announce its introductory course in Dental Sleep Medicine. With the availability of the Pankey condominiums for lodging, participants will have the opportunity to wear a home sleep monitor, as well as adjust and wear their own oral appliance while at the course. The first session will be held July 10-14, 2011.

The topics to be explored include:

  • An overview of normal human sleep, Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and its systemic consequences
  • The medical model for diagnosis and treatment of SDB, including details of medical diagnostic (polysomnography) and treatment (CPAP) modalities
  • Dental screening for SDB, including questionnaires and dental, head and neck examination
  • A literature-based view of the design, effectiveness, and morbidities of oral appliance therapy Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ] / Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 15, 2011/University Services, a Philadelphia-based multi-specialty medical services company, is excited to introduce pm-Assist? Sleep Scoring & Interpretation Service. pm-Assist? allows employers or medical professionals using home sleep testing devices to upload raw data that is scored by Registered Polysomnographic Technicians (RPSGT), interpreted by Board Certified Sleep Physicians, and then receive a diagnostic report in as little as 24 hours compared to a month or more for lab-based sleep testing.

The pm-Assist? program is unique due to the fact that each RPSGT and Board Certified Sleep Physician is an employee of University Services, not a network of unaffiliated physicians or technicians. Our Board Certified Sleep Physicians medically licensed in all 50 states provide a consistent level of service nationwide. Diagnostic reports are issued with treatment recommendations based on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines. These qualifications provide medical professionals the highest standard in sleep care night after night. Read the rest of this entry

A life-threatening medical condition that is reaching alarming proportions in the United States often goes untreated because testing for it is inconvenient and costly.

Sleep apnea, or sleep disordered breathing, affects up to 20 million Americans, a consequence of the nation’s growing obesity problem. During sleep, patients stop breathing repeatedly during the night, sometimes for longer than a minute and as often as hundreds of times each night. The result is people do not experience a restful sleep, which leads to daytime sleepiness and higher risk for accidents and decreased productivity. Further, the disorder may cause and aggravate heart problems while exacerbating diseases such as diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), high blood pressure, risk of stroke, and other conditions requiring medical attention. Read the rest of this entry

The number of people suffering from Sleep Apnea is on rampant rise in the United States. Majority of adults don’t get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night. As Americans’ waistlines continue to grow, so does the number of people who aren’t getting a good night’s sleep.

Almost 40 million Americans are suffering from at least one type of sleep disorder, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.

About 2 percent of women and at least 4 percent of men suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the airway collapses and blocks breathing for 30 seconds or even up to a minute or two. The brain senses that it isn’t receiving enough oxygen and sends a signal to the person to wake up.

The occurrence of sleep apnea has been recorded on quantum rise with increasing age among the Americans. Experts’ estimate that it affects about 40 percent of people ages 65 and older. In women, the prevalence rises steeply after menopause. And as people get older, the throat muscles become more prone to collapse. Being overweight more than doubles your risk of having sleep apnea.

Frequent Walking Helps Reduce Snoring

Getting out of your chair regularly and walking frequently might have an unlikely benefit of reduced snoring, says a Toronto sleep researcher.

Douglas Bradley, director of the Toronto Research Institute’s Sleep Research Laboratory, has linked excessive sitting to sleep apnea, a condition where a sleeping person’s throat collapses, stopping breathing and interrupting sleep.

The culprit is fluid that gathers in the legs during long stretches of sitting. When you lie down at night, that fluid moves to your neck, where when your muscles relax, your airway can get sucked shut “like a wet straw,” he says.

Bradley and his team fit sleep apnea sufferers with compression stockings that reduced leg fluid – and improved symptoms.

Walking will also alleviate fluid buildup, says Bradley, who takes his own medicine by getting up every hour for a quick stroll.

Ten Most Common Myths About Sleep

Myths or the “old wives tales” about sleep are sure not new or you too but the incorrect information can be serious and even dangerous. The National Sleep Foundation has compiled a list of ten most common myths about sleep, and the facts that dispel them.

1. Snoring is a common problem, especially among men, but it isn’t harmful.

Although snoring may be harmless for most people, it can be a symptom of a life threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnea, especially if it is accompanied by severe daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing that prevent air from flowing into or out of a sleeping person’s airways. People with sleep apnea awaken frequently during the night gasping for breath. The breathing pauses reduce blood oxygen levels, can strain the heart and cardiovascular system, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Snoring on a frequent or regular basis has been directly associated with hypertension. Obesity and a large neck can contribute to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be treated; men and women who snore loudly, especially if pauses in the snoring are noted, should consult a physician.

2. You can “cheat” on the amount of sleep you get.

Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health and safety. When we don’t get adequate sleep, we accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to “pay back” if it becomes too big. The resulting sleep deprivation has been linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity, and safety issues in the home, on the job, and on the road. Read the rest of this entry

Current research  indicates that almost 50 per cent of type-2 diabetics in India also suffer from the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) survey reveals that nearly 9.3 per cent of the adult population in urban and metro areas in India suffer from sleep apnea, says Aparajito Mukherjee, Country Head, ResMed India.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), also known as sleep apnea, is a breathing disorder during sleep when the upper airway partially or completely collapses, causing obstruction in breathing and restricts airflow. This causes the person to wake up and it can happen as many as hundreds of times per night.

Snoring is a common symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Other common signs and symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, obesity, high blood pressure, morning headaches, inability to concentrate and depression.

New Treatments For Sleep Apnea

The prevalence of sleep apnea is expected to grow with the rise in obesity and the aging population, because age and weight are two factors that increase the chances of developing the chronic condition in which the back of the throat relaxes and the airway becomes blocked.

The use of dental devices to treat sleep apnea is growing in popularity, according to Sheri Katz, the president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a national organization that provides training and resources for dentists and orthodontists who treat sleep apnea.

Luria makes dental devices only for patients who can’t use a CPAP machine. “If you can wear the mask, wear the mask,” Luria says. “CPAP machines work phenomenally. But not everyone can wear the masks. That’s how dentistry got involved in this.” Luria says the dental appliances cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500. But all of them do the same thing: They move the jaw forward, pulling the tongue out of the back of the throat. [ Read Complete Post BY JEFF SEIDEL at DETROIT FREE PRESS …   ]

The PC-60D2 Pediatric Pulse Oximeter measures SpO2 (percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood) and pulse rate of children with accuracy and ease. The PC-60D2 offers a special design and chipset technology specifically manufactured for a kid’s finger. It uses a customized pediatric oximetry sensor adjusted for children’s skin to ensure accurate readings. Small and compact, it provides complete oximetry solutions while still able to fit in your pocket.

“It is of the greatest importance to parents to be able to monitor their children’s health conditions including asthma ,sleep apnea, or heart arrhythmia wherever they go,” said Dr. Khanna of the Lavale Clinic based in Cumberland, MD. “The PC-60D2 Pulse Oximeter is the perfect tool for parents to monitor their children on the go as they simply measure the child’s SpO2 and pulse rate and subsequently share the results with for professional diagnosis and treatement.”

The PC-60D2 Oximeter is a widely used medical device in health-care facilities, including hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, physician offices, dentist offices, emergency and ambulatory situations, as well as home diagnostics for monitoring of children’s health.

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