3 Simple Ways to Get More Restful Sleep

restful sleepingEven people without insomnia can have trouble getting a good night’s rest. Many things can interfere with restorative sleep – crazy work schedules, anxiety, trouble putting down the smartphone, even what you eat and drink.

The following three simple steps can help you sleep better.

Cut down on caffeine

Caffeine drinkers may find it harder to fall asleep than people who don’t drink caffeine. Once they drift off, their sleep is shorter and lighter. For some, a single cup of coffee in the morning means a sleepless night. That may be because caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine, a neurotransmitter thought to promote sleep. Caffeine can also interrupt sleep by increasing the need to urinate during the night.

People who suffer from insomnia should avoid caffeine as much as possible, since its effects can endure for many hours. Because caffeine withdrawal can cause headaches, irritability, and extreme fatigue, it may be easier to cut back gradually rather than go cold turkey. Those who can’t or don’t want to give up caffeine should avoid it after 2 p.m., or noon if they are especially caffeine-sensitive. Read the rest of this entry

Restful Sleep and Weight Loss Tips

Are you unable to fall asleep? Do you wake up often throughout the night? Do you feel well-rested when you awake in the morning? Do you want to improve your quality and quantity of your sleep? Symptoms of forgetfulness, headaches, lack of focus, itching, moodiness, cravings, headaches, and neck and backaches often disappear with a good night’s sleep.

Restful sleep is a must for health, vitality, longevity and fat loss. Researchers found that sleeping four hours a night interferes with your ability to secrete and regulate hormones, which in turn promote aging, increase appetite, add inches to your waistline and increases your risk of developing diabetes. Lack of sleep promotes an environment prime for inflammation and catabolism (muscle loss).

One loses “one IQ point” for every hour of lost sleep one didn’t get the night before. Cognitive and mood problems develop, along with an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease are just a few consequences of too little sleep. Read the rest of this entry

ResMed’s New iPhone Sleep Assessment App

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ SAN DIEGO, May 24, 2011 /- ResMed today released the ResMed Sleep Assessment app, a novel new app for iPhone that lets users record themselves during sleep. The app also includes a clinically validated questionnaire that assesses their risk and other helpful features to empower users to discuss their sleep health with their physician.

Excessive tiredness may be due to sleep apnea

Feeling excessively tired or fatigued is often the result of disrupted, unhealthy sleep. Numerous factors can lead to poor quality sleep, some of which have significant negative health effects. One possible cause of fatigue is sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder. People with sleep apnea report feeling like they’re living in a fog, and that no matter how much they sleep they still feel exhausted.

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which a person stops breathing temporarily during sleep. After several seconds, the brain triggers a wake-up response, causing the person to awaken gasping. These events may happen hundreds of times per night, though the sleeper usually won’t remember waking up. Often a spouse or partner will notice that the person snores loudly during sleep.

Sleep apnea affects approximately one in five U.S. adults, although it is estimated that as many as 80% of sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed and untreated. A known cause of hypertension, untreated sleep apnea has also been linked with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and stroke. Read the rest of this entry

Jaw Joint Disorder is a Common Cause Of Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be a symptom of a serious problem: sleep apnea. Thirty percent of adult males and 20 percent of adult females suffer from sleep apnea.

People with this problem, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, characteristically make periodic gasping or “snorting” noises, during which their sleep is momentarily interrupted. This can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and can pose serious health implications. The condition has been linked to obesity, heart disease and other illnesses.

More than 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and an estimated 10 million more have it and don’t even know it.

One common cause is temporomandibular (jaw joint) disorder, or TMD, which can also cause headaches, including migraines; neck, back and shoulder pain; ringing in the ears; jaw popping; and tingling fingers. Read the rest of this entry

Jaw Pain Could Be Linked With Sleep Apnea

Temporomandibular joint disorders affect the jaw joint and surrounding tissue, but people with the condition also are more likely to have any number of other problems, including headaches, allergies, depression, fatigue, arthritis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, sleep apnea and gastrointestinal complaints, according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain.

Many of those other conditions were as much as six times more likely to occur in TMJD patients than individuals who did not have TMJD, said researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The report noted that TMJD, which can range from mild jaw pain to intractable pain and jaw dysfunction, affects between 10 million and 36 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women.

The study was based on a survey of 1,511 people who were part of a registry maintained by the TMJ Association, a Brookfield, Wis.-based national patient advocacy organization.

“A multidisciplinary system approach will be necessary to advance our understanding of this complex disease and a major paradigm shift needs to occur in the way TMJD are viewed in the scientific and clinical communities,” the authors concluded.

This could be a little odd for you to know but it is very obvious and quite common a problem. Your mouth must be big enough for your tongue to fit properly. The opening of your mouth; the height and the width must be sufficient. When your mouth is too small, it can trigger a cascade of health problems, from breathing problems, including sleep apnea, to headaches.

Any type of breathing problem can set this vicious cycle into motion. Allergies, for example, may cause chronic stuffy nose, and if your child cannot breathe comfortably through his nose, he’ll start breathing through his mouth, causing his mouth to under-develop.

The tongue is that force on the inside that’s going to develop the mouth. If you can get the child to be able to breathe through their nose comfortably, then their mouth will develop properly.” Read the rest of this entry

Is Your Sleep Apnea Machine Working Properly?

A sleep apnea machine is today’s more effective treatment solution for obstructive sleep apnea. If you are a sleep apnea patient and have just lately been using a sleep apnea machine, you might need to know if you are executing the treatment methods appropriately. Sleep apnea therapy that is appropriately done could make the treatment method do the job almost 100% in order to avoid apnea episodes.

First, check if you are getting the correct quantity of pressure prescribed. Additionally, just be sure you are using the sleep apnea machine as often as recommended, which in most of the cases, it must be used every night. Compliance to the particular prescribed therapy is very important to acquire good benefits. The machine quite possibly cost you thousands of dollars so you might as well put it to use and use it right. Typically, you can get the insurance to cover the cost of the machines or perhaps greater part of the cost of it. Read the rest of this entry

By Jobee Knight

The abuse of prescription pain medications is at an all-time high.  A recent White House study reported a 400 percent increase in the number of people admitted to treatment centers and emergency rooms for abusing prescription pain drugs. The increase was tracked during the 10-year-period from 1998 to 2008 and it spans every gender, race, education and employment level, and all regions of the country. A government representative from the Substance Abuse program said, “The non-medical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second-most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the Nation”

A battle has been raging for some time between potent natural remedies and addictive drugs and medicines.  This is mostly due to the lack of easily understood knowledge about which natural options have been proven effective.  In 400 B.C. the “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates said to his students “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”.  Mother Nature has provided us with two natural remedies for pain and insomnia that are backed by scientific studies as well as the test of time – calcium and magnesium.  Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [Press Release]/ (Raleigh, N.C.) Active Healthcare, an award-winning industry leader in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment, is marking 20 years of service with the launch of three state-of-the-art IntegraSleep diagnostic centers in Raleigh, Clayton and Smithfield. The fully functional sleep labs provide one-stop-shopping for quality diagnosis and care for this dangerous, often life-threatening condition, utilizing CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) systems, the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment.

Headquartered in Raleigh, the IntegraSleep centers were designed by Active Healthcare based on a carefully crafted quality patient care model integrating personalized, extensive follow-up care and maintenance which contributes to the company’s 98% customer satisfaction rate. 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

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