Alarming new statistics show that twenty-six per cent of Canadian adults aged 18 years and older are estimated to be at high risk for having sleep apnea, according to a large national survey, and the Canadian Lung Association urges Canadians to find out if they are at risk.

Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes sufferers to have dozens or hundreds of breathing pauses or “apneas” per night. The survey revealed that about 7 million Canadians either have sleep apnea or are at high risk for having sleep apnea.

“It is alarming that very few of these at-risk Canadians have been assessed for sleep apnea,” says Dr. John Fleetham, an advisor to the survey and chair of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) Sleep Disordered Breathing Committee. The CTS is the medical arm of the Canadian Lung Association. Read the rest of this entry

Barrington Sleep Center Invites Community

The Sleep Disorders Center at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington invites community to tour the facility from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Sleep Center is in Medical Office Building I on the campus of Good Shepherd, 450 W. Route 22, Barrington.

Attendees are asked to call 1-800-323-8622 to register for a specific arrival time and reference event 3G16. All those registered are entered into a raffle.

Individuals suffering from conditions such as sleep apnea and periodic limb movement during sleep can be referred to the Sleep Disorders Center for sleep study testing by their primary physician.

Individuals suffering from narcolepsy, insomnia, sleepwalking, sleep tremors, nocturnal leg cramps, or night terrors should be seen in consult with a sleep specialist.

Ed Grandi, executive director for the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), and his association are calling for action from sleep apnea sufferers, their families, and health care professionals to ensure the inclusion of sleep medicine isn’t overlooked in the furor to reform the US health care system. Grandi sent an open letter to President Obama and Members of Congress to raise awareness of sleep apnea, its ties to numerous health problems, and the cost the US health care system can expect if sleep apnea is not considered through its reformation.

“I did this to get sleep apnea on the health care agenda,” says Grandi. “What we are doing at our little legislative action center is encouraging people to raise awareness in Congress about sleep apnea and what the costs are for not treating it. While in fact, it is easily diagnosed and it is easily treated.”
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Poor sleep quality, insomnia,sleep apnea, and daytime somnolence are common among recently deployed Soldiers and those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We sought to determine the prevalence of sleep complaints and sleep disorders among recently deployed Soldiers with PTSD.

The researchers analyzed the records of 80 consecutive Soldiers returning from combat and diagnosed with PTSD. We determined the rate of sleep complaints and prevalence of insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea. We compared demographic data, psychoactive medication use, psychiatric disorders and concomitant traumatic brain injury (TBI) to determine if any variables correlated with increased sleep complaints or disorders. Read the rest of this entry

Exercising Your Sleep Apnea

By  Jim Rollince

There are many alternative treatments for things like soreness, stress and anxiety; factors which play a tremendous role in the quality and quantity of nightly sleep. But what about people with things like Sleep Apnea? 

There are many different types of breathing methods, all dependants upon the type of treatment one is pursuing. This could include anything from excessive running to cancer treatment. But the trick behind accurately targeting Sleep Apnea is to exercise the muscles of the throat. 

There aren’t many established studies behind such a claim, but there’s certainly research to back it. And this research suggests that people may reduce the severity of Sleep Apnea by building up muscles around the airway – This in turn makes them less likely to collapse during the night.  Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Reease ]/ The US leads the global sleep apnea market and accounts for a major share of the global market. Favorable reimbursement changes and development in Home Sleep Testing are likely to provide further impetus to the market in the US. The region’s sleep apnea market continues to grow at a steady pace, despite the economic bottlenecks that adversely affected the performance of healthcare market in recent years. Therapeutic Devices dominate the overall sleep apnea market. By the year 2015, CPAP Devices market in the US is projected to cross US$1.0 billion. In Europe, around 20 million people are affected by long-term, chronic sleep disorders. In addition, around 10 million people experience intermittent sleeping trouble. Growth in patient population in Europe is supported by the increasing cases of obesity and ageing population. European market for Sleep Apnea Diagnostic Devices is projected to reach US$114 million by 2013. Read the rest of this entry

Sleeping Pills Should Not Be Taken Lightly

When sleep doesn’t come easily, some people turn to what they think is an easy solution – sleeping pills. But according to a Baylor College of Medicine sleep expert, sleep medications – whether prescription or over-the-counter – shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“All medications have side effects that need to be weighed whenever you take them,” cautioned Dr. Phil Alapat, assistant professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at BCM and medical director of the BCM Sleep Center.

Some of the most common prescription sleep medications are non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, like Ambien and Lunesta. These medications are not physically addictive and will not cause withdrawal symptoms when a person stops taking them. However, many people depend on them because they believe they cannot sleep without them, Alapat said. Read the rest of this entry

Eighty-one percent of hospital patients are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a Loyola University Health System study has found.  

The findings suggest that hospitals should consider giving patients a five-minute screening test to identify those who are at high risk. 

Sleep specialist Dr. Sunita Kumar and colleagues administered an eight-question obstructive sleep apnea screening questionnaire known as STOP-BANG to patients during a single day at Loyola University Hospital.

Patients were excluded if they were on a breathing tube, on sedatives or had an altered mental status. 

Of the 195 patients surveyed, 157, or 80.5 percent, were at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, meaning they answered “Yes” to at least three questions on the questionnaire.  Read the rest of this entry

The Snoring Center,(SM) the nationally renowned Dallas-based clinic for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, has filed a federal lawsuit against a group of San Francisco businessmen accused of using fraudulently obtained proprietary information to establish and falsely market a competing medical practice, the “Sereno Center for Snoring Solutions”.

The lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, includes claims that, in late 2008 and 2009, defendants Wade Zander, Jason Godfrey and Dr. Matthew Mingrone posed as potential investors and joint venture partner in The Snoring Center’s plans to expand beyond Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth.  Instead, the defendants allegedly obtained and used The Snoring Center’s confidential financial and clinical data and advertising strategies to open the Sereno Center in downtown San Francisco earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry

Accupuncture Could Treat Sleep Apnea

A recent research study established that acupuncture as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has immediate effects in reducing nocturnal respiratory events, sleep disruptions, and desaturations (low oxygen levels in the blood). The researchers hypothesize that this improvement is due to acupuncture’s effects on serotonergic pathways and also acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory effects. Both manual acupuncture and 10Hz electro-acupuncture techniques were found effective. Both techniques produced superior clinical outcomes compared with 2Hz electro-acupuncture.
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