sleepImageAcross the globe more than a million exhausted people with sleep apnea—a sleep and breathing disorder caused when throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep—get into car accidents, causing over a thousand deaths every year.

 Apnea is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, an additional $3.4 billion in medical costs, and $16 billion in auto collision costs. Even though apnea has telltale signs (loud snoring, daytime fatigue), it remains totally undiagnosed in almost 75 percent of the people.

Polysomnography, the only diagnostic sleep study for sleep apnea is not cheap generally. the standard medical sleep study, requires a medical technician to attach 22 wires to a person’s body and monitor them all night long. The average cost is nearly $3,000. This is quite an out of the pocket expense for anyone. Follow-up tests are even more cost bearing and burdensome. The idea of doing clinical sleep studies once a month to monitor progress is a diagnostic crack-pipe fantasy. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Disorders Open House At Devenport

devenport sleep centerThe Genesis Sleep Disorders Center will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at its Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park location, 1401 W. Central Park, Davenport.

Staff from Genesis Home Medical Equipment will be available to show new CPAP equipment used to treat sleep apnea. Board-certified sleep specialists will be available to answer sleep questions.

The Genesis Sleep Disorders Center offers treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, apnea, insomnia, sleepwalking and childhood sleep problems with the help of board-certified sleep physicians and registered sleep technologists. Genesis sleep programs are located in Davenport, DeWitt, Silvis, Maquoketa, and Aledo.

For information, call (563) 421-1525, or go to www.genesishealth.com/sleep.To see a board-certified sleep specialist at the Genesis Sleep Clinic, call centralized scheduling at (563) 421-3200, or toll-free at (866) 829-8108.

Obesity is a strong indicator in the development of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder. About 85 % of those with sleep apnea are obese, and it is more common in men over age 40. Sleep apnea is associated with health consequences such as an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Treatment for sleep apnea can effectively improve concentration, energy, and overall quality of life and put an end to snoring.

 Weight loss surgery at LAP-BAND VIP can effectively prevent, treat, or resolve sleep apnea and cause remission in up to 85 percent of patients.

Excess weight and sleep apnea are strongly correlated because obese people tend to have thicker tissue around the throat. This leads to tissue collapse in the airway, and sleep apnea is marked by disruptions in breathing which can last up to 60 seconds called apneas. During these apneas, a person will wake up to resume breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night.  Read the rest of this entry

According to a recently concluded research study published in the journal SLEEP  the researchers found that patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) taking phentermine and topiramate extended-release capsules achieved significant improvements in key measures of OSA and cardiovascular risk factors along with weight loss during the 28-week trial.

OSA is a chronic and potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing is abnormally shallow (“hypopnea”) or stops altogether (“apnea”) for at least 10 seconds. These repetitive events are associated with collapse of the upper airway during sleep, and may occur 5 to 30 or more times per hour. Although many cases are unrecognized, symptoms may include snoring, fatigue or sleepiness during the day. Read the rest of this entry

A newly concluded research study findings published online in the European Respiratory Journal, evaluated the impact a Mediterranean diet can have on obese people with sleep apnea, compared to those on a prudent diet.The study revealed that Mediterranean diet combined with physical activity can help to improve some of the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) causes frequent pauses of breathing to occur during sleep, which disrupts a person’s normal sleeping pattern. It is one of the most prevalent sleep-related breathing disorders with approximately 2-4% of the adult population experiencing the condition. This percentage increases up to 20-40% with obesity, and weight loss is often an essential part of the recommended treatment plan.

The researchers, from the University of Crete in Greece, examined 40 obese patients suffering from OSAS. Twenty patients were given a prudent diet to follow, while the other 20 followed a Mediterranean diet. Both groups were also encouraged to increase their physical activity, mainly involving walking for at least 30 minutes each day.

In both groups, the patients also received continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy which involves wearing a mask that generates an air stream, keeping the upper airway open during sleep. Read the rest of this entry

(Reuters Health) – New research shows high rates of sleep disorders among veterans of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or head injuries.

The study conducted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, found that among some 300 soldiers with PTSD, head injuries or both, more than half had sleep apnea — a serious interruption of breathing during sleep — and nearly half had insomnia.

Sleep complaints were universal,” wrote Dr. Jacob Collen and his colleagues in their research summary. Collen’s team presented their findings this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Honolulu.

The researchers studied 135 soldiers with PTSD, 116 with traumatic brain injury and 66 with both conditions.

Sleep testing performed on most of the patients found obstructive sleep apnea in 56 percent of them and insomnia in 49 percent. Read the rest of this entry

What is polysomnography and why is it important?

  • Polysomnography (PSG), also called a sleep study, is the best test for diagnosing sleep-disordered breathing, which can include snoring, gasping, choking episodes, and breath-holding (apnea).
  • PSG is like getting an EKG but while asleep: children stay overnight, with their parent, in a special sleep lab with stick-on electrodes that record oxygen levels, respiratory effort, heart rate, and other factors.
  • PSG is important because it helps doctors and families make evidence-based decisions about tonsillectomy and whether the surgery can be ambulatory (out-patient) or requires an overnight hospital stay.

The Importance of Polysomnography Guideline

Sleep Apnea Facts

  1. Sleep apnea affects up to 18 million Americans
  2. The condition was first described in 1965
  3. “Apnea” comes from a Greek word meaning “want of breath.”
  4. People with sleep apnea can stop breathing as many as 30 times or more each night.
  5. Often a spouse or other family member is the first to notice signs of sleep apnea in someone with the condition.
  6. Officials estimate 10 million Americans have the condition but have not been diagnosed. Read the rest of this entry

Apnea of Prematurity Linked Genetically

A potentially life-threatening challenge characterized by pauses in breathing that can last for more than 20 seconds, apnea of prematurity (AOP) affects more than 50% of premature infants and is almost universal in the smallest preemies. Caused in part by an underdeveloped central nervous system that can’t adequately regulate breathing outside of the womb, especially during sleep, AOP is not yet fully understood by scientists and remains a grave concern among neonatologists and parents alike.

New research published in the October issue of Pediatrics by clinical scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School suggests that heredity may play a strong role in determining an infant’s susceptibility to AOP and could lead to the development of more effective treatments and screening methods. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ New York, November 21, 2010/The Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center announced today that it now provides the Home Sleep Study — diagnostic equipment to use in comfort of a patient’s own home. Currently, most sleep apnea studies are conducted in overnight sleep labs or sleep clinics. As the public awareness of the health risks involved with sleep apnea grows, there is also a growing waiting list to get into these sleep centers and labs. However a relatively new and innovative in-home sleep study device is now available for qualified New York area patients to aid in the study of suspected sleep apnea.

The home sleep study equipment offered by Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center is a state-of-the-art, portable wireless sleep study device created by Watermark Medical®, INC., a medical services company benefiting the sleep-disordered breathing market. It is the first of its kind and cleared for use by the FDA for diagnosing sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

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