Know If You have a Sleep Disorder

Sleep disorders come in many forms and are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed because the telltale signs — excessive snoring and daytime drowsiness — can result from a multitude of factors, including stress, obesity, work or travel schedule, anxiety, diet, medication or alcohol use or even a bad mattress or poor lighting. 

Any time we change our sleep patterns, like during the switch to or from Daylight Saving Time, our ability to rest properly is affected. But sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are year-round problems that must be properly diagnosed and addressed to preserve the health of the individual”, according to Dr. Arnold Pallay, medical director at Changebridge Medical Associates in Montville. Read the rest of this entry

Athletes Are At Equal Risk of Sleep Apnea

A recent article on the Men’s Health website told a cautionary tale of a man named Tom Zehmisch. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 46. Only four months earlier, he had participated in a national swim meet and he died while participating in a triathlon. To look at Tom, you would not have thought him to be at risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

The stereotypical obstructive sleep apnea patient is more like Don Dillard who, in 2007 had reached a staggering 401 pounds on the scale. He had been hospitalized four times for serious health problems including congestive heart failure, and was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

Active Healthcare, an award-winning industry leader in sleep apnea treatment, hosted a meeting of the Durham A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) support group Thursday, October 28 to share meaningful education and resources for managing this dangerous condition.

Participants learned how to deal with challenges in CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, an effective method for treating obstructive sleep apnea. Presenters Julie Shannon and Angela Martinez, sleep specialists with Active Healthcare, were on hand to showcase the latest equipment and perform screenings for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in addition to testing attendee CPAP equipment on-site. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisordr/ [ Press Release ]/ BOSTON/ — Sleep HealthCenters has recently entered into a partnership with the Boston University Medical Group to develop and manage the Boston University Medical Group Sleep Center at 930 Commonwealth Ave in Brookline. Beginning this month, Sleep HealthCenters will perform diagnostic sleep studies and open a clinic offering sleep therapy services. Read the rest of this entry

Home Sleep Testing is Catching Up

While home sleep testing hasn’t been quite the boon many believed that it would be, provider Robert Koenigsberg says his sales are up 30% this year.

 “If you look at companies like us, we are doing quite well because there is an audience of insurers and physicians (who believe in it) and there is a tremendous unmet need,” said Koenigsberg, president and CEO of SleepQuest.

SleepQuest, the 15-year-old company recently launched a patient-centric website, mysleepquest.com, that will put information and, when necessary, sleep studies in patients’ hands. Read the rest of this entry

A Cornell University research study concludes that medical costs related to obesity are costing U.S. taxpayers $168 billion annually. This is a figure double the amount of the U.S. health care budget previously estimated.

The study was conducted by Chad Meyerhoefer, assistant professor of economics, in collaboration with John Cawley, associate professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University. The data was taken over a five-year period from 14,000 adults.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity increases risk for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, a variety of cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea CPAP Mask Improves Golf Scores

A study out of Morristown memorial hospital in New Jersey found a group of golfers that improved their golf game by up to three strokes. Granted, these golfers suffered from sleep apnea and were users of the C-PAP sleep apnea headhear, a continuous positive airway pressure mask that helps them sleep better. (Read More…  )

Sleep Apnea Conference in Calgary

An increasing number of Albertans are suffering from sleep apnea, a condition where people intermittently stop breathing at night, according to experts hosting a conference on the subject in Calgary starting Friday.

The two-day meeting organized by the College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta is meant to heighten awareness about the problem, said Linda Sutherland, director of operations for the organization.( Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/10/29/calgary-sleep-apnea-conference.html#ixzz13qLFamQu  )

Valley Sleep Center Opens Up in Chandler, Arizona

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ Valley Sleep Center announces the opening of their fifth sleep clinic in Chandler, Arizona.

The new clinic is located at 1120 South Dobson Road Building B, Suite 100, Chandler, AZ 85286 and is accepting new patients. Valley Sleep Center recently opened their fourth location in Scottsdale, this past October. They also have facilities located in Mesa, Phoenix, and Glendale, Arizona.

Valley Sleep Center is one of the largest independent sleep diagnostics centers in Arizona with the facilities to diagnose and treat a variety of sleep-related issues such as insomnia, sleep walking, snoring, and more. Read the rest of this entry

New Zealand Sleep Specialists are calling for an urgent review of sleep services following the announcement that up to ten per cent of the adult population has sleep apnea, and the majority are undiagnosed.

“New Zealand Sleep Services are poorly resourced to deal with the current burden of disease. Most obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) remains unrecognised, which is of huge concern given the known consequences of untreated OSA”, says Dr Michael Hlavac, Sleep Specialist at Christchurch Hospital and Chair of the New Zealand branch of the Australasian Sleep Association.

“Sleep apnea is associated with serious medical consequences, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. Read the rest of this entry

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