Dentist Helps Patients Sleep Soundly

Sheri Katz has dedicated her life to help people combat sleep apnea, reports  Atlanta Jewish Times.

“We now know that snoring can be a sign of a potentially serious medical condition called sleep apnea,” said Sheri Katz, an Atlanta dentist who specializes in sleep apnea. “The throat is like a long tube. Some people’s throats relax too much as they sleep and their breathing becomes interrupted for seconds and even minutes at a time. People with sleep apnea tend to have more medical problems.”

Get the full story at timesofisrael.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/dentist-helps-patients-sleep-soundly/…

The Best Anti-Snoring Pillows, According to Experts

New York Magazine reviewed the possible health implications of snoring and spoke to sleep experts about the best anti-snoring pillows on the market.

“Snoring is basically related to a narrow upper airway, and gravity tends to make things worse,” says Kannan Ramar, a sleep physician and professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “When you fall asleep, the tongue relaxes a little bit and can fall back and close up the airway. The soft palate and the uvula at the back of the throat relaxes, and that tends to narrow the airway.” Add a new pillow, the theory goes, and you put yourself in a position that reduces the effect of gravity on the back of your neck. Here are some pillows — selected by sleep doctors and sleep product experts — to try out.

Sarah Riccio, a senior writer at sleep product review site Sleepopolis, likes the Xtreme Comforts wedge with its 30-degree angle and 7-inch height. It’s also made from memory foam, which is Winter’s material of choice: “Memory foam tends to support and hold people better,” he says. “It’s conforming around your neck and giving a little bit more of an even distribution of pressure, versus down, which tends to look fluffy, but collapses when you’re on top of it.”

As an alternative to a wedge, Riccio says to look for “pillows with an extra-lofty profile of 5-inches or more,” that will also keep the head and neck elevated. She especially likes the Layla Kapok pillow since it “features a super high profile of 7-inches and does a great job of maintaining its shape.”

Get the full story at nymag.com.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/snoring-pillows/…

‘It’s Not Real Sexy’: How Snoring Can Lead to Relationship Problems Beyond the Bedroom

Studies show higher divorce rates in couples where one person snores, reports WSLS.

“I noticed when I woke up, I was just as tired as when I went to bed,” said Eric Pellant, who has sleep apnea.

“At first it was just, ‘Roll over, roll over,’ you know, because it was keeping me awake,” said Kathy Pellant, Eric’s wife.

The problems stretch beyond the bedroom though.

Get the full story at wsls.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/not-real-sexy-snoring-can-lead-relationship-problems-beyond-bedroom/…

A Moment I’ll Cherish Forever: Meeting my Representative Adam Schiff

On Tuesday, Feb. 10th, I had the opportunity to meet my Representative, Congressman Adam Schiff and thank him in-person for championing the sleep community priorities in Congress for the past three years. I was in Washington, DC for Project Sleep and the Sleep Research Society’s February Hill Day on Monday, Feb. 9th. See our event recap and photo album!

But let me back up. In 2017, I had no idea that upon sharing my story and my passion for Project Sleep with my Representative’s health staffer, that his office would end up championing our cause on Capitol Hill.

But that’s exactly what happened: Congressman Schiff stepped forward to lead multiple important “Dear Colleague” letters — that other Representatives (on both sides of the aisle) have signed onto in support of advancing sleep & sleep disorders research via NIH, DoD, and the VA and sleep awareness via CDC. Read more about our efforts here.

YOU have helped make these efforts a success by reaching out to your Representatives to ask them to sign onto these letters. So collectively, all of our efforts combined are making a difference. And how do we know our efforts are making a real difference? Multiple amazing researchers have shared with me they believe our advocacy is helping them secure important research grants. Wow! 


Get involved! You play an important role in our next steps, starting with an advocacy webinar on Tuesday, March 3 at 2pm ET! RSVP here, even if you can’t make it live on March 3rd, RSVP anyway to receive the webinar recording. We will help everyone who signs up to take action!

Sleep touches every one. It is not a partisan issue. Our only opposition is lack of awareness. Sleep is an underdog cause in our society, which is why I love this challenge and why having policy makers like my Representative Adam Schiff on our side, it means the world to me.

As I left the office, Congressman Schiff thanked me for my advocacy. It was a moment I’ll never forget and I wish YOU had been with me to receive this

#SleepIn2020 Deadline TODAY for T-Shirts

Project Sleep’s SIXTH annual “Sleep In” will take place on March 13-15, 2020, but today, Feb. 18th is the deadline to order your official shirts. Please support our shirt fundraiser here. 

 

 

 

Get shirts for the whole fam!

Honestly, I get compliments and questions about my Sleep In t-shirts every time I wear one. It’s a “stylish conversation starter.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Stepzzz:

Once you’ve ordered your shirts before the deadline (2/18 at midnight ET), head over to the Sleep In registration page to sign up to participate. It’s FREE, all we ask is that you care about sleep health and sleep disorders awareness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite weekend of the year.

Over the course of the #SleepIn2020 weekend (March 13-15, 2020), we will be in bed flooding social media and connecting virtually to help our society make peace with sleep.  There will be online events including a DJ set via Twitch with the amazing DJ Fe, prizes, bedtime stories, and lots of rest!

Important Sleep In 2020 links:

I can’t wait to Sleep In with you soon!

from Julie Flygare http://julieflygare.com/sleepin2020-is-coming-deadline-today-for-t-shirts/…

This Happens When Snoring Indicates Sleep Apnea

Physicians explain how snoring can sound when a person is experiencing sleep apnea.

“There are basically two types of snores,” said David Swanson, supervisor at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s sleep clinic and a respiratory therapist. “One is just a rhythmic type of snore, and usually the volume level stays about the same.”

With that, you typically won’t snore, or the sound softens if you move from your back to side.

“The other type of snoring, which about 75% of people who snore will have, is obstructive sleep apnea along with that snore. That’s more like a crescendo-type snore where the volume gets louder and louder, then all of the sudden you don’t hear anything for a while because the airway is closed.” That scenario sounds like a loud snort.

“It’s important to keep track of symptoms in addition to the snoring,” said Dr. Michael Cruz, with Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat and an ENT physician. Interrupted breathing could last 10 seconds or longer, Cruz added.

Get the full story at staradvertiser.com.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/snoring-sleep-apnea/…

AASM: 4 Tips to Stop the Snore, Save the Romance

Roses, candy, and a candlelit dinner are romantic gestures that many of us partake in for Valentine’s Day. In addition to these gifts, consider a lifestyle change that will benefit both you and your partner: gain control of your snoring.

“While snoring is disruptive to bed partners and can cause frustration in a relationship, it can also be an indicator of a serious health problem,” says Kelly A. Carden, MD, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), in a release. “Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that involves the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep. When sleep apnea is untreated, it can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other health problems.”

The AASM recommends the following tips for occasional snorers:

  • Weight loss: Weight gain can make snoring worse and may even lead to obstructive sleep apnea. Shedding pounds can help reduce or eliminate snoring for some people, and weight loss should be a top priority if you are overweight or obese.
  • Positional therapy: For some, snoring mostly occurs while sleeping on the back. To reduce snoring, try changing positions by sleeping on your side.
  • Avoid alcohol, muscle relaxants and certain medications: These substances can relax your throat or tongue muscles, causing you to snore.
  • Medical diagnosis: If snoring is loud and frequent, talk to a medical provider about your risk for obstructive sleep apnea or seek help from the sleep team at an AASM-accredited sleep center.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/aasm-4-tips-stop-snore-save-romance/…

Exciting News! Giving a TEDx Talk in San Diego

SO beyond excited to share this news: I’ll speak at TEDxSDSU on March 22, 2020 in San Diego, CA!

Giving a TEDx talk has been a major life goal for about 7 years now, when i put it in my art journal as one of my major aspirations. And I’ve applied to many over the years.

“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.” —KT Witten

So securing this talk at San Diego State University was a huge surprise and surreal moment of pure joy — which definitely caused me to have cataplexy when i first opened the “congratulations” email.

You might’ve seen my somewhat secretive IG stories recently about working hard on a “important first draft.” This was for my TEDxSDSU talk.

Is my first draft perfect? NOPE.

But it WILL come together. It always does… even if the process is kind of intense and overwhelming to me, it will be worth it for the moment I walk onto that stage in two months.

As always, I hope to make you proud and to effectively share a message I believe in. Thank you for your incredible support — this community inspires me and gives me courage every single day!

I’ll share more details about the TEDxSDSU event as they become available and as tickets go on sale in February! For now, please send extra spoons and smart-thinking speech-revising vibes my way.

from Julie Flygare http://julieflygare.com/exciting-news-giving-a-tedx-talk-in-san-diego/…

4 Best Sleeping Positions to Improve Sleep Apnea

Pulmonologists speak to US News about the best sleeping positions to prevent sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is often worse in the supine (on your back) position because of gravity,” Tsai says. “The tongue falls back and blocks the airway,” so sleeping on your side “may improve sleep apnea and symptoms.” Fotinakes adds that sleeping on your side or in a prone (on your stomach) position “may lessen or even eliminate snoring and apnea in many cases.”

Sleeping on your stomach can be awkward, and some people who try it find they wake up with a stiff neck. Choosing a very thin pillow or a pillow made specifically for stomach sleepers may help reduce strain on the neck when lying face down.

When sleeping on your side, you’ll likely need a thicker pillow to support the head and neck. Some people prefer to cuddle up to a large body pillow to help keep them in the right position. There are lots of pillows that are marketed specifically for addressing sleep apnea concerns, so do a little research and try out a few to find one that feels right for you.

If you must sleep on your back – some people who have sleep apnea also have acid reflux, and sleeping on your back with your head elevated is often recommended to reduce symptoms of that condition – try elevating the head of the bed, Tsai says. “Sleeping with the head as elevated and upright as possible, such as with an adjustable bed or in a recliner, may be helpful in improving sleep apnea symptoms.” Wedge-shaped pillows made of foam (rather than a squishier material) can help you achieve the right position that keeps the airway more open. Some people even elevate the head of a conventional bed with bricks or a bed riser to get the necessary height to lessen symptoms of sleep apnea.

Get the full story at health.usnews.com.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/01/sleeping-positions-improve-sleep-apnea/…

We Know Losing Weight Lessens Sleep Apnea Severity. This New Study Helps Explain Why.

Losing weight is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but why exactly this is the case has remained unclear. Now researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that improvements in OSA symptoms appear to be linked to the reduction of fat in one unexpected body part—the tongue.

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in obese patients, researchers found that reducing tongue fat is a primary factor in lessening the severity of OSA. The findings were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

“Most clinicians, and even experts in the sleep apnea world, have not typically focused on fat in the tongue for treating sleep apnea,” says Richard Schwab, MD, chief of Sleep Medicine, in a release. “Now that we know tongue fat is a risk factor and that sleep apnea improves when tongue fat is reduced, we have established a unique therapeutic target that we’ve never had before.”

A 2014 study led by Schwab compared obese patients with and without sleep apnea and found that the participants with the sleep disorder had significantly larger tongues and a higher percentage of tongue fat when compared to those without OSA. The researchers next step was to determine if reducing tongue fat would improve symptoms and to further examine cause and effect.

The new study included 67 participants with mild to severe obstructive sleep apnea who were obese—those with a body mass index greater than 30.0. Through diet or weight loss surgery, the patients lost nearly 10% of their body weight, on average, over six months. Overall, the participants’ sleep apnea scores improved by 31% after the weight loss intervention, as measured by a sleep study.

Before and after the weight loss intervention, the study participants underwent MRI scans to both their pharynx as well as their abdomens. Then, using a statistical analysis, the research team quantified changes between overall weight loss and reductions to the volumes of the upper airway structures to determine which structures led to the improvement