A recent research was concluded to perform a meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of exogenous melatonin in advancing sleep-wake rhythm in patients with delayed sleep phase disorder.

The study was design with Meta analysis of papers indexed for PubMed, Embase, and the abstracts of sleep and chronobiologic societies (1990–2009). Patients in this research included individuals with delayed sleep phase disorder. basic interventions were the administration of melatonin.
The  meta-analysis of data of randomized controlled trials involving individuals with delayed sleep phase disorder that were published in English, compared melatonin with placebo, and reported 1 or more of the following: endogenous melatonin onset, clock hour of sleep onset, wake-up time, sleep-onset latency, and total sleep time. Read the rest of this entry

Clayton Sleep Institute (CSI) hired Loretta Colvin, RN, APN, as Clinical Consultant and Director of The Knowledge Center, CSI’s program for sleep education. In her clinical role, Colvin consults with patients regarding their sleep studies and plans of care. As Director of The Knowledge Center, Colvin leads efforts for patient and partner education and will develop a CSI program for certification in clinical sleep care.

Loretta’s broad experience in sleep medicine, coupled with her passion for patient-centered care, make her a perfect fit for patients and physician and business partners will benefit from her compassion and leadership. Read the rest of this entry

First Sleep Apnea Therapy System Designed for Travelers

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ] / Saint Paul, MN (Vocus) December 4, 2010/ Ask any sleep apnea patient about traveling with a traditional CPAP machine and you’ll learn that real hurdles exist: they’re bulky and difficult to pack; depend on a reliable power source, preventing most from traveling to remote destinations; and require advance planning when traveling overseas.

Transcend, a new sleep apnea therapy system soon to be released for sale direct to consumers, overcomes the burdens faced by travelers with sleep apnea. In fact, its unique design—which is lightweight, compact and durable—was conceived to meet the needs of the sleep apnea patient who is on the go and enjoys traveling.

By putting the lifestyle and comfort of sleep apnea patients first, Transcend is emerging as the missing link in the evolution of sleep apnea therapy to truly open new vistas for patients. Soon the freedom to sleep anywhere—in a tent, on a sailboat, or in a truck sleeper and wake up refreshed from a full night of therapeutic, restorative sleep—will be a reality. Read the rest of this entry

South Shore Hospital invites you to stay A.W.A.K.E.  The first Tuesday of the month from  7 – 9 p.m.  at  the South Shore Hospital, 2nd floor. 

If you or someone you know has trouble sleeping, South Shore Hospital offers a health awareness support group that can help.

A.W.A.K.E. Alert, well, and keeping energetic is designed to help people who suffer with sleep apnea, as well as their family, friends and anyone else interested in learning more about the sleep disorder. 

A.W.A.K.E. meets on the first Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the private dining room on the second floor of Emerson 2, South Shore Hospital.

The group is looking for new members, especially people who have sleep apnea and those who suspect a sleep disorder. If you are interested in learning more about the A.W.A.K.E. support group, please call the Sleep Lab at South Shore Hospital at 781-624-8068.

Healthy Tips To Reduce & Control Snoring

Although most adults occasionally snore, habitual snoring – occurring every night or nearly every night – occurs in approximately one-third of men and one-fourth of women. For the sleep partner, it can become quite annoying and even lead to marital discord. In severe cases, it may be heard by the neighbors.

Many remedies for snoring have been tried. Some of these have a reasonable chance of controlling the problem, and others are of dubious value.

Snoring is caused by a vibration in the tissue in the back of the throat as we sleep. While awake, we have involuntary muscle tone that keeps the throat open. As we fall asleep, these muscles relax, causing turbulence as the air flows through the narrowed airway. We hear this turbulence as snoring. Anything that crowds the airway, e.g. a large tongue or large tonsils, can worsen snoring. Even though snoring occurs in the throat, nasal obstruction may also contribute to the problem by increasing the resistance to airflow. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/NASHVILLE, Tenn/ Five state trucking associations have already taken decisive action on preparing their membership for a regulation on fatigued driving and the prevalence of sleep apnea in the trucking industry. Beginning with an endorsement from the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) in late 2009, the inspiration to find a sleep health partner quickly spread to the Kentucky Motor Transport Association and to three other state associations; the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Oklahoma Trucking Association.

Although each state handled the matter differently and coordinated separate task forces to research the issue, all five have inevitably decided on SLEEP ACCESS to deliver customized driver fatigue programs for their membership. Read the rest of this entry

A new study has revealed that people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder associated with obesity, have more non-calcified or “bad” plaque in their coronary arteries. 

“Our study reveals that individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are prone to developing an aggressive form of atherosclerosis that puts them at risk for impaired blood flow and cardiovascular events,” said U Joseph Schoepf, director of cardiovascular imaging at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. 

OSA is caused by obstruction of the upper airway during sleep and is characterized by periodic pauses in breathing, which last for 10 or more seconds. OSA is also commonly associated with snoring.  Read the rest of this entry

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/635732/respiratory_care_e) has announced the addition of the “Respiratory Care Equipment & Supplies – Global Strategic Business Report” report to their offering.

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Respiratory Care Equipment & Supplies in US$ Million by the following product segments – Pulmonary Function Testing Equipment, Spirometers, Sleep Apnea Diagnostic Devices, Ventilators, Humidifiers, Nebulizers, CPAP/Bi-level Devices, Oxygen Equipment, Manual Resuscitators, and Masks, Circuits & Disposables. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep complaints are highly prevalent and associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidity and mortality. This is the first prospective study to report the association between commonly reported sleep symptoms and the development of the metabolic syndrome, a key CVD risk factor.

Participants were from the community-based Heart Strategies Concentrating on Risk Evaluation study. The sample was comprised of 812 participants (36% African American; 67% female) who were free of metabolic syndrome at baseline, had completed a baseline sleep questionnaire, and had metabolic syndrome evaluated 3 years after baseline. Apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was measured cross-sectionally using a portable monitor in a subset of 290 participants. Logistic regression examined the risk of developing metabolic syndrome and its components according to individual sleep symptoms and insomnia syndrome. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Help

The health of an individual is very important as it helps them to live a long and comfortable life. It is unfortunate that there are some disorders that affect people and they do not know what they are dealing with. This can lead to misdiagnosis or the condition can go untreated which can bring problems later in life. One of the disorders that affect the sleep of a person is known as Sleep Apnea. This is where one experiences repeated pauses when they are breathing as they sleep. These usually last anywhere between 5 seconds to minutes and can go on for an hour or so. Sleep Apnea, Help! Explains all the details that one wants to know on the disorder so that people can be well equipped with the information that is needed. Read the rest of this entry

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