Sleep disorders are becoming more and more common every year. In fact, there are millions of Americans who have at least one of these disorders. The most frequent sleep disorders are insomnia and snoring; however, the most dangerous disorder is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing during the night for lapses of one minute. 

There are three kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is an obstruction of the airway passages of your body. On the other hand, Central sleep apnea means that the airway passages are not blocked; instead, the brain is not able to properly control the muscles involved in breathing. Finally, mixed sleep apnea is a case when the two mentioned cases are combined.  Read the rest of this entry

In the United States and Canada it’s National Sleep Awareness week March 7 to March 13 2011 and topics on the sleep awareness agenda are sleep deprivation and sleep apnea. In Canada, recent studies suggest 26 percent of adults 18 and older may be at risk for sleep apnea while in the U.S. one in four men and one in 10 women have sleep apnea.

In both countries, National Sleep Awareness week consists of a public awareness campaign, essentially the distribution of information about sleep apnea and sleep deprivation. The National Sleep Awareness week ends with the clocks changing to Daylight Savings time, depriving people of one hour’s sleep.  [ Read Complete Post By Marcus Hondro …   ]

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National Sleep Awareness Week ends this Sunday when, guess what, the clocks move forward and you lose another hour of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation found that more than 75 percent of American adults are experiencing sleeping problems in one form or another. There are over 90 official sleep disorders including sleep apnea,insomnia,narcolepsy and many others  that have been identified, with insomnia leading the list, followed by sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, increase in obesity, increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, increased risk for psychiatric conditions including depression and substance abuse, and an inability to concentrate and learn new information.

Those most at risk for sleep disorders are students, night-shift workers, travelers and persons suffering from acute stress, depression or chronic pain. People who work several jobs can also experience sleep disorders. [ Read Complete Post By Dr. Cynthia Paulis At NYPress.Com … ] 

This week marks National Sleep Awareness week and to kick it off, Blinds Chalet is offering a $25.00 rebate on SlumberShades: the Official Shade of the National Sleep Foundation. The offer stands through the end of March to help encourage Americans to get the sleep they need.

With Americans working long hours to try to make ends meet, then coming home to nurture families, many people don’t get the minimum of 8 hours sleep needed in order to function in a healthy manner. Sleep deprivation can lead to decreased reaction times, poor decision making and more. Those who do get 8-10 hours of sleep per night benefit from improved mood, increased creativity and more. Read the rest of this entry

Oneida Healthcare has opened an expanded sleep laboratory that provides overnight sleep studies for those at risk for sleep apnea.

Located on the Oneida Healthcare campus in the Fields Professional Building, the sleep lab features new equipment, a team of sleep technicians, and rooms with televisions and other hotel-like amenities, the hospital says.

Sleep disorders impact more than 40 million Americans,” Sherif El Bayadi, M.D., pulmonologist and medical director of the new sleep lab, said in a recent news release. 

The Franciscan Companies, an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, will oversee management of Oneida Healthcare’s new lab.Contact Carbonaro at mcarbonaro@cnybj.com

Ohio State University’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital implants a type of pacemaker in the first U.S. patient to receive the device to study it for the treatment of central sleep apnea in heart failure patients.

Central sleep apnea is a dangerous form of the disorder that can cause patients to hyperventilate during the night, and the implant should deliver small electrical impulses during sleep to restore more natural breathing.

“There are 6 million people with heart failure in the United States today. Eighty percent of them have sleep apnea and about half of those have central sleep apnea,” says Dr. William Abraham, director of the division of cardiovascular medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and principal investigator of the safety and feasibility trial. “Literally millions of patients may be eligible for treatment with this device.” Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ Have you ever had the pleasure of sleeping, or trying to sleep, next to your spouse or loved one who pushes the decibels into the upper ranges with his or her snoring problem? If so, you will understand the need those who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea have for effective and economical remedies to help them with this terrible condition. That is why the developers of the new website, MouthGuardforSnoring.com, have striven to include some of the best information on the mouth guard for snoring, sleep apnea mouthpiece, jaw supporter for snoring and some of the other best snoring aids available on the market.MouthGuardforSnoring.com is focused primarily on the wide range of inexpensive snoring aids available rather than the more invasive and expensive methods. It is an informational site with links and photos to some of the best snoring aids, but does not offer any specific medical advice, as this is a task best suited to individuals’ personal physicians. However, it is no secret that most folks, when faced with a terrible snoring problem, would look first online to find information. Based on this information, they may purchase some of the inexpensive snoring remedies in hopes of solving their problem permanently, without having to take more drastic steps. Read the rest of this entry

Useful and Healthy Sleep Advices

If you are having problems sleeping, the National Sleep Foundation suggests the following to improve your sleep:

  • Set and stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day.
  • Expose yourself to bright light in the morning and avoid it at night. Exposure to bright morning light energizes us and prepares us for a productive day. Alternatively, dim your lights when it’s close to bedtime.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise in the morning can help you get the light exposure you need to set your biological clock. Avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime if you are having problems sleeping.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Allow enough time to wind down and relax before going to bed.
  • Create a cool, comfortable sleeping environment that is free of distractions. If you’re finding that entertainment or work-related communications are creating anxiety, remove these distractions from your bedroom.
  • Treat your bed as your sanctuary from the stresses of the day. If you find yourself still lying awake after 20 minutes or so, get up and do something relaxing in dim light until you are sleepy.
  • Keep a “worry book” next to your bed. If you wake up because of worries, write them down with an action plan, and forget about them until morning.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, chocolate and tobacco at night.
  • Avoid large meals and beverages right before bedtime.
  • No nightcaps. Drinking alcohol before bed can rob you of deep sleep and can cause you to wake up too early.
  • Avoid medicines that delay or disrupt your sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your medications might be contributing to your sleep problem.
  • No late-afternoon or evening naps, unless you work nights. If you must nap, keep it under 45 minutes and before 3:00 pm.

Americans are coping with sleepiness by drinking caffeine and taking regular naps. The average person on a weekday drinks about three 12 ounce caffeinated beverages, with little difference between age groups.

Napping is common in all age groups, but the two youngest groups reported slightly more napping during the week. More than half of generation Z’ers (53%) and generation Y’ers (52%) say they take at least one nap during the work week/school week compared to about four in ten generation X’ers (38%) and baby boomers (41%).

For the more than a quarter who say their schedules do not allow for adequate sleep, when asked to evaluate the day after getting inadequate sleep, more than eight in ten (85%) said that it affects their mood; almost three-quarters (72%) said it affects their family life or home responsibilities, and about two-thirds (68%) said it affects their social life. Read the rest of this entry

Generation Z’ers and generation Y’ers report more sleepiness than generation X’ers and baby boomers, with the 13-18 year olds being the sleepiest of all. Roughly one in five of generation Z’ers (22%) and generation Y’ers (16%) rate as “sleepy” using a standard clinical assessment tool (included in the poll) compared to about one in ten generation X’ers (11%) and baby boomers (9%).

Generation Z’ers report sleeping an average of 7 hours and 26 minutes on weeknights, about an hour and 45 minutes less than the 9 hours and 15 minute recommended by experts. More than half of 13-18 year olds (54%) say they wake up between 5:00 am and 6:30 am on weekdays— compared to 45% of generation X’ers and baby boomers and 24% of generation Y’ers.

“As children develop into their teenage years, their bodies are biologically predisposed towards later bedtimes,” says Amy Wolfson, PhD, an expert on adolescent sleep. “If they are required to get up before 6:30 to go to school, it’s impossible for teens to get the amount of sleep they need.”

Source:The 2011 Sleep in America® Poll
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