Americans report very active technology use in the hour before trying to sleep. Almost everyone surveyed, 95%, uses some type of electronics like a television, computer, video game or cell phone at least a few nights a week within the hour before bed. However, baby boomers (46-64 year olds), generation X’ers (30-45 year olds), generation Y’ers (19-29 year olds) and generation Z’ers (13-18 year olds) report very different technology preferences.

About two-thirds of baby boomers (67%) and generation X’ers (63%) and half of generation Z’ers (50%) and generation Y’ers (49%) watch television every night or almost every night within the hour before going to sleep.

“Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep,” says Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Read the rest of this entry

 The 2011 Sleep in America® poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) finds  that 43% of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights. More than half (60%) say that they experience a sleep problem every night or almost every night (i.e., snoring, waking in the night, waking up too early, or feeling un-refreshed when they get up in the morning.)

About two-thirds (63%) of Americans say their sleep needs are not being met during the week. Most say they need about seven and a half hours of sleep to feel their best, but report getting about six hours and 55 minutes of sleep on average weeknights. About 15% of adults between 19 and 64 and 7% of 13-18 year olds say they sleep less than six hours on weeknights.

“This poll explores the association between Americans’ use of communication technologies and sleep habits,” says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “While these technologies are commonplace, it is clear that we have a lot more to learn about the appropriate use and design of this technology to complement good sleep habits.”

On Sunday, March 13, Americans will lose an hour of sleep due to daylight saving time.

Dr. Alaa El-Gendy of Florida Lung & Sleep Associates is participating in National Sleep Awareness Week this week to help patients gain that hour back.

 From today through March 13, his office is offering free sleep evaluations to anyone who walks in; appointments are not necessary. 

They will help identify if patients are at risk for sleep apnea by having them fill out a brief questionnaire and discussion. 

“A lot of people have it, but they don’t know they have it,” El-Gendy said. “It’s a free evaluation to see where their lung function is at.” 

The office is located at 2625 Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres. For more information, call 369-3333. 

Sleep Country Canada has teamed up with the University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital to create the Sleep Country Canada Sleep Medicine Labs. Together, they aim to increase awareness of sleep problems and help people get the best rest possible. 

Trouble sleeping can be a serious a medical issue, estimated to affect approximately five million Canadians. The launch of the new Sleep Country Sleep Medicine Labs at Toronto General Hospital is a significant step forward in developing and promoting an education and awareness program targeting sleep and sleep disorders in the country, as well as enabling more people to get the treatment they need.

Sleep Country is proud to partner with the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network,” says Christine Magee, president of Sleep Country Canada. “By supplying this world-renowned hospital with top-quality mattresses and funding critical equipment upgrades, it is our goal to help Canadians suffering from sleep disorders get the treatment they need and find answers to their sleep questions.” Read the rest of this entry

1-800 Snoring Helps People With Sleep Disorders

In 2010, Twersky founded 1-800-Snoring to help chronic snorers get a better night’s sleep.  Snoring is often seen simply as an annoyance to spouses, partners or family members of snorers, but Twersky said sleep-related breathing disorders can be potentially fatal conditions.  Sleep apnea, for example, can cause the sufferer to stop breathing for up to ten seconds, increasing the risk of health complications including cardiovascular issues and hypertension.

Like 1-800-Dentist, 1-800-Snoring was created to accomplish one goal: to provide people with high-quality care from doctors in their area.  To that end, part of the company’s business plan includes hosting seminars and Web presentations to further educate its dental and medical professionals about snoring and sleep apnea issues so they can better help patients who use the service.  To ensure that all facets of sleep apnea care are included in its service, 1-800-Snoring is also maintains working relationships with sleep labs, cardiologists, pulmonologists, home sleep testing companies, medical equipment providers, manufacturers of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) ventilators, and the American Academy of Sleep Apnea.

Since its launch less than a year ago, 1-800-Snoring has already had thousands of calls each month and tens of thousands of inquiries on its website from patients in need of a solution to their snoring. [ Read Complete Post By  Nicole Fallon at BussinessNewsDaily.Com …  ]

Breathe Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative technology solutions for people with respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), announced today that it has received FDA clearance for use of the Breathe Technologies BT-V2S ventilator in the home setting. The one-pound portable device provides ventilation assistance to aid select adult patients who suffer from respiratory insufficiency.

“This marks an important milestone not only for Breathe, but for the future of COPD disease management and patient quality of life,” remarked Larry Mastrovich, President and CEO. “Patients with advanced COPD frequently suffer a loss of mobility, which may accelerate their respiratory disease progression and lead to decreased functional abilities.  We are delighted to be able to offer this technology for patients to use in their homes because it has the potential to significantly improve their ability to perform activities of daily living.” Read the rest of this entry

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy. Visit Delnor’s Sleep Disorders Center informational booth from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, at Delnor Health & Wellness Center, 296 Randall Road, Geneva, to learn more information about common sleep disorders.

Delnor’s Sleep Disorders Center and The National Sleep Foundation are waking up the public with an annual public education and awareness campaign during National Sleep Awareness Week to promote the benefits — both to our mental and physical health — of a good night’s sleep.

They offer these tips: maintain a regular schedule for sleep and wake times; establish a regular bedtime routine; create a dark, comfortable and quiet sleeping environment; use your bedroom only for sleep; sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow; finish eating at least two to three hours before bedtime; exercise regularly; and avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime.

National Sleep Awareness Week, March 7-13, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. While most people do not give sleep much thought, it is very important that one get enough quality, restorative sleep. Besides affecting things like mood and productivity, a lack of quality sleep is associated with major health concerns. More and more studies have shown the relationship between the quantity and quality of sleep and health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression. Learn more about sleep disorders at Delnor’s Sleep Disorders Center informational booth.

Delnor’s Sleep Disorders Center is on the Delnor Hospital campus at 300 Randall Road, Geneva. To learn more about how the Sleep Disorders Center can help you get a good night’s rest, call (888) SLEEP-77. 9 (Source;DailyHerald)

The Sleep Lab at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital will take part in National Sleep Awareness Week March 6-13 and will be hosting a sleep screening and providing information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Ashland Town Center Mall.

Polysomnography technologists from the sleep lab will offer free screenings and provide information concerning sleep requirements, sleep disorders and overcoming stumbling blocks to a good night’s rest.

Other activities scheduled for the week include a CPAP mask refitting workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the hospital campus location of the OLBH Sleep Lab. The workshop will also feature demonstrations of the newest varieties of masks. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served.

The Sleep Lab will also host a free support group for individuals with sleep apnea at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Bellefonte Centre, 1000 Ashland Drive, in the fifth floor conference room. Those interested in attending should register by calling 606-833-3993.

Treating Sleep Apnea

Dr. Mary E. Lucido demonstrates the proper way to put on an ambulatory sleep apnea device

Sleep apnea is not just a “grown-up” disease. Hyperactivity, loud snoring, weight loss, chronic mouth breathing, sleepwalking and frequent throat infections in children all could be a sign of sleep apnea.

Once a patient is diagnosed with a sleep disorder, the focus shifts to what type of solution is best for them. While the CPAP machine has become the best known and widely utilized, other options also are available.

“There are several designs now that open up the airways,” Lucido said. “For people who are not able to use a CPAP machine, this is another alternative. Also, if someone with a CPAP machine travels a lot, it is much easier to take an oral appliance with them and use it as a temporary solution.”

Lucido said she gets nervous when she sees “quick fix” solutions for snoring advertised on television. “Many times, those products can treat the symptom without dealing with the real problem,” she said. [ Read Complete Post By FRED POLLARD at The Telegraph …  ]

A currently released report from the American Thoracic Society recommends research priorities for the incorporation into healthcare systems of ambulatory management of adults with obstructive sleep apnea.

The report was published in the March 1 issue of Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, specifically identifies barriers preventing incorporation of portable monitor testing into clinical management pathways and suggests research and development for addressing those barriers.

Diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) involves polysomnography to measure a patient’s breathing and oxygen level during sleep. Polysomnography(PSG) generally takes place at special healthcare facilities, resulting in limited accessibility for patients, especially in rural areas.

Lately,the use of less expensive, more accessible portable home monitoring to diagnose and manage patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has gained favor, but quite a few studies have examined its use and patient outcomes.

“There is also a need to develop clinical sleep research networks capable of performing large, prospective studies.”

The report placed forward its recommendations for research study design and methodology, including the need to standardize technology, identify patients who would be “best fit” for ambulatory management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), ensure patient safety and identify sources of research funding.

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