Sleep Remedy Studies on Melatonin-Rich Foods

With the National Sleep Foundation reporting that six out of ten Americans suffer with insomnia several nights a week and 25% of the U.S. population uses sleeping drugs (known as “hypnotics”), an increasing number people these days are looking for natural sleep remedies. In recent research studies, it was discovered that both walnuts and tart cherries contain significant levels of the natural sleep hormone melatonin, and may therefore be a natural, food-based way to get a better night’s sleep.

Russel Reiter, Ph.D., a professor of cellular biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center says, “Relatively few foods have been examined for their melatonin content.  Our studies demonstrate that walnuts contain melatonin, that it is absorbed when it is eaten, and that it improves our ability to resist oxidative stress caused by toxic molecules called free radicals.  Walnuts also contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to inhibit certain types of cancer and to keep the heart healthy.” Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ] / Hanover Park, IL (Vocus/Dr. Jin Zhou, DC at celebrates seventh year of Zhou’s Hypoxicology Therapy (ZHT) clinical research, for possible solutions to more medical conditions than just sleep apnea, such as malignant hypoxic tumors. He believes that both hypoxic tumor and sleep apnea may possibly share the same causes, thus need same solutions. His research was encouraged by the latest cancer research from other scientists, “Hypoxic Tumors And Their Effect On Immune Cells And Cancer Therapy”, recently published on Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol 651, 2010;651:1-29. (

With obvious and satisfactory clinical benefits from ZHT in early clinical observations for sleep apnea and anecdotal benefits for clinical hypoxia, Dr. Zhou is seeking for alternative solutions to sleep apnea and hypoxic tumors that are completely supernatural and most economical. Read the rest of this entry

The options for oral appliances fall in two main categories: prescription devices you can get from a dentist or orthodontist and do-it-yourself products you can order online. All work by moving the lower jaw forward to create extra space in the airway, but they vary wildly in terms of cost.

Prescription devices such as the TAP 3 (short for Thornton adjustable positioner) are crafted in a lab to fit each individual mouth. They can cost roughly $2,000 to $3,000, including dentist fees. The TAP comes with an adjustment key that enables patients to gradually move the jaw a few millimeters at a time. It generally lasts three to five years.

Many dentists offer plastic “boil-and-bite” devices, such as the TheraSnore, that can be fitted during your visit for $300 to $800.

If that still sounds like a lot of money for a quiet night’s sleep, you might be tempted by an over-the-counter anti-snoring appliance. The VitalSleep appliance from the Stop Snoring Co. sells for about $40. It’s supposed to last about a year.[ Read Complete Post By Chris Woolston, Special At Los Angeles Times…  ]

Keeping Sleep Apnea Sufferers’ Airways Open

About 2% of women and at least 4% 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. Being overweight more than doubles your risk of having sleep apnea, says Dr. Lawrence Epstein, chief medical officer at Sleep HealthCenters, a network of clinics based in Brighton, Mass.

In children, sleep apnea was traditionally associated with enlarged tonsils and adenoids or skeletal abnormalities, which can constrict the airway. But doctors are finding that more children are being treated for sleep apnea as a result of being overweight. Dr. David Gozal, a pediatric sleep specialist at the University of Chicago, says the percentage of obese children being treated for sleep apnea in his program has increased from 23% in 1995 to more than 57% now.

Sleep specialists are also doing preliminary research on a technique called neuromodulation, which uses a device to emit a tone into a patient’s ears during sleep. This is supposed to stimulate parts of the brain that control the tongue and upper airways, keeping them taut. [ Read Complte Post By Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, Special to the Los Angeles Times…  ]

Sleep Test Finds If Your Kid Has Mild Sleep Apnea

Many people think it’s cute when their kids snore — but they actually may not be getting enough sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common problem in children and can affect behavior and cause other medical problems. The most successful treatment is well known surgical procedure.

Dr. Christopher Murry, an ear, nose and throat specialist recommends a sleep study to determine if kids have obstructive sleep apnea, people who have it stop and start breathing again many times during the night.

For this children would need to spent the night at the Maine Sleep Institute’s sleep lab, located at Maine Medical Center. An overnight sleep test would find out if a kid has mild sleep apnea and it could keep a kid from growing normally.

“If they have disruptive sleep, sleep fragmentation, then they don’t release growth hormones as they should. They may burn acalories at night just from the sleep disorder breathing and arousals at night,” said Dr. Murry.

Thesleep problems also aggravate asthma and reflux problems among kids. Dr. Murry recommends taking out the tonsils and adenoids.

Doctors say tonsillectomies help relieve health problems in up to 70 prercent of children who have sleep disorder problems. They say parents should tell their pediatrician if their child snores or has trouble sleeping at night, so they can be referred to a specialist.

A new study found that certain oxygen saturation parameters were improved by one dose of sleep apnea treatment CX1739, but findings also showed a reduced sleep time during the night following drug treatment. Moreover, CX1739 did not reduce the mean apnea/hypopnea index (AHI).

The study enrolled 20 relatively healthy adults with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea; 16 were administered a single oral dose of CX1739 and four received matching placebo for 1 night. The objective of the study was to further explore safety and tolerability in the sleep apnea population, as well as to assess putative efficacy of CX1739 on a range of sleep apnea parameters assessed by overnight polysomnography.

“A single dose of CX1739 improved a number of sleep apnea parameters across most of the 16 subjects who were given the drug, and there were some CX1739-treated subjects who demonstrated a robust reduction in sleep apnea symptoms,” said Mark Varney, PhD, president and CEO of Cortex, developer of the drug. Read the rest of this entry

This recently concluded research study evaluated sex and family history of alcoholism as moderators of subjective ratings of sleepiness/sleep quality and polysomnography (PSG) following alcohol intoxication in healthy, young adults.

Ninety-three healthy adults [mean age 24.4 ± 2.7 years, 59 women, 29 subjects with a positive family history of alcoholism (FH+)] were recruited. After screening PSG, participants consumed alcohol (sex/weight adjusted dosing) to intoxication [peak breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of 0.11 ± 0.01 g% for men and women] or matching placebo between 20:30 and 22:00 hours. Sleep was monitored using PSG between 23:00 and 07:00 hours. Participants completed the Stanford Sleepiness Scale and Karolinska Sleepiness Scale at bedtime and on awakening and a validated post-sleep questionnaire. Read the rest of this entry

Campbell County Memorial Hospital and the American Sleep Apnea Association have teamed up to form AWAKE, a sleep apnea awareness group.

AWAKE or Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic is a quarterly health awareness group for people with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which people experience periods of time when they stop breathing while sleeping.

The group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Campbell County Public Library’s Wyoming Room.

The group is free and anyone with questions about snoring, daytime sleepiness, restless legs, insomnia, unexplained high blood pleasure or those using C-PAP or B-PAP machines for sleep apnea should attend.

Guest speaker Patty Wilson will tell her experiences with sleep apnea. The hospital’s sleep disorders clinic also will be present to answer any questions.

For more information, call Dessie Hoxie at the Sleep Disorders Clinic at 688-2350 or visit

The Canadian Thoracic Society released new guidelines on sleep disordered breathing, which provide the latest recommendations for sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. The guidelines are created for health-care professionals by physicians who are experts in sleep disordered breathing. They are designed to keep health-care professionals up to date on the most recent evidence about how to diagnose and manage sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes sufferers to have dozens or hundreds of breathing pauses or “apneas” per night. These repeated periods of breathing pauses during sleep and the chronic sleep deprivation they cause have both physical and psychological consequences. People with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to have motor vehicle crashes, hypertension, and heart attacks, irregular heart beat stroke, depression, impotence and diabetes. Read the rest of this entry

A Coon Rapids sleep center  with latest technology to help patients deal with sleep disorders at the Northwind Lung Specialists & Sleep Center has been providing services to patients with sleep disorders since 2004. Now, new technology allows the patient’s sleep study to take place at home.

For some people, the overnight sleep study, which is monitored by a technician in another room at the center, is both inconvenient and intimidating, Dahl said. For the overnight sleep study, they are hooked up to a variety of diagnostic equipment to monitor heart rate, brain waves and leg movements while they sleep, all of which is captured on a video camera.

 For sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome , the ARES home sleeping test is ideal for most obstructive sleep apnea patients, which make up the majority of cases seen at Northwind. Obstructive sleep apnea is a physical condition caused by the airway collapsing and resulting in an interruption in breathing that lasts for at least 10 seconds. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about one in four men and one in 10 women suffer from sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

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