What is the “Ferber Method?”

“The Ferber Method” is probably the most widely recognizable strategy for getting a baby to sleep through the night, and with good reason. It works.

However, it has also met with no small amount of controversy from critics who say that allowing a child to cry, even for a short period of time, can cause elevated stress levels and hurt the bond between babies and parents. (Evidence points to the contrary, but that’s a debate for another time.)

Today, I’ll explain exactly what the Ferber method involves and how it differs in one essential way from the Sleep Sense Program.

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RhinoMed’s Mute to Be Stocked in 3,000 New Pharmacies Across United States

Australian nasal and respiratory technology company Rhinomed has entered into a new distribution agreement with, and received an initial order for stock from a new retailer. The retailer is one of America’s largest pharmacy retailers.

These purchase orders confirm that the company’s anti-snoring nasal dilator Mute will be stocked on the shelves of an additional 3,000 pharmacies across the United States. This agreement grows Rhinomed’s global store base to over 10,000 stores across three continents.

There are limitations under the order arrangements on the disclosure that Rhinomed can currently provide, but it can provide the following information:

  • Details regarding the identity of the retailer will be announced in line with stock appearing on shelf in the USA in July/August.
  • The company has now received the initial opening order of 6,000 units and expects more orders to follow.
  • Revenues from this new retail channel are not expected to impact the business until FY19 Q2 at the earliest.
  • The agreement has no fixed term and can be terminated by either party.
  • Pricing details remain confidential.

Rhinomed CEO Michael Johnson says in a release, “This is a critical step in our strategy of ensuring that our retail footprint increases in the significant American market. Rhinomed is continuing to demonstrate that Australian companies are not only great innovators but can also successfully commercialize innovation in one of the most competitive markets in the world: the North American consumer health market.”

While the supplier agreement and receipt of an initial order creates potential new market opportunities for Rhinomed and increases the retail reach of the product in the USA it is not an assurance of ongoing or future retail sales. It is too early to accurately forecast the likely long term impact of revenues from the agreement on Rhinomed financial results.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/rhinomeds-mute-stocked-3000-new-pharmacies-across-united-states/…

Sleep Before You Drive

We all know that sleep is a universal need. It is essential to living. You can’t last long in this world without sleep. It will take its toll over time. If you see people looking haggard and stressed, they are also probably lacking in sleep. Sleeping restores your body to optimum health and gives you the energy you need to face a new day. Your attention and focus are heightened and you have no problem doing tasks but remember when you’re sleepy, you can barely steady yourself and finish what you are doing without making mistakes. Hence, you can’t just disregard the value of sleep especially if you do something that requires your undivided attention and focus, such as when driving or operating machinery.

You’ve probably seen your fair share of road accidents already. Some can be minor mishaps while others have claimed the lives of the driver and the passengers and even that of innocent bystanders. More often than not, simply getting that recommended eight hours sleep at night is enough to prevent such accidents from happening but at times it can be something the person behind the wheel has little control over. Conditions such as sleep apnea can put the driver and everyone in their way in serious harm. These people likely suffer from poor sleep and varying sleeping patterns and may have a deadly consequence in the event they are out on the road or operating a machine at work.

Professional drivers, including taxi drivers and long-haul truck drivers, should undergo sleep apnea testing as a prerequisite for acquiring or renewing a driver’s license, a Dubai-based medical expert said.

Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the Dubai Health Forum on Monday, Dr. Fabrizio Facchini, consultant pulmonologist at Valiant Clinic, said that such measures should be taken to limit the risks of driving while sleepy. Sleep apnea can cause severe daytime sleepiness, a contributing factor in many road accident incidents in Dubai, he noted.

Facchini said sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with

The Sleeplessness Epidemic

With the countless distractions we now face on a daily basis, it is easy to understand why people give up sleep first in order to do more in life. 24 hours each day simply is not just enough anymore for us to pursue what we like to do most. Both young and old are affected, it does not discriminate. Dark under-eye bags are no longer uncommon and people often complain they lack sleep but does not seem to be doing anything about it. It is high time we think of sleep as no longer a luxury but as a necessity that it really is. We sleep for a lot of reasons and that is what nature designed it to be. It is not up to us to decide whether we need it or not because your body will ask for it every day without fail.

It is the only respite you can offer your tired body after a long day at work or at school. At times, there is not much you can do to save yourself and your sanity from the hassles and struggles of daily life apart from allowing yourself to temporarily say goodbye to the world when you close your eyes in slumber. Yet what most of us do? We consciously and willingly give up sleep because the lure of modern living is just irresistible. Smartphone use has bordered to an addiction and it is common knowledge already yet most of us aren’t worried about it at all even if young kids and toddlers are now hooked to smart gadgets as well.

For a lot of people, getting a good night’s sleep and feeling well rested throughout the day is an indulgence. With busy workdays and inconsistent sleep schedules, it is no wonder people struggle with tiredness and other serious health concerns stemming from sleep deprivation.

Roxanne Brooks is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Adult Sleep Coach who consults out of the CanSleep clinics, a medical consulting company that provides treatments for sleep-related disorders and specializes in sleep apnea. Brooks, who works by referral from the Clinical

ZQuiet Mouthpiece Review

As with most high quality anti-snoring mouthpieces, the ZQuiet seems to have been created with two major considerations in mind. First, of course, was making sure it would effectively prevent or alleviate snoring. And, secondly, the mouthpiece was designed to be as comfortable to use as possible.

But the makers of the ZQuiet mouthpiece also made a third consideration a high priority. And that consideration was ease of use. In fact, one of the ZQuiet’s biggest selling points is that you can use it right out of the box, no fitting or adjustment required.

The ZQuiet is one of the most popular and effective anti-snoring mouthpieces on the market. Want to learn more? Read on.

 

What is the ZQuiet Mouthpiece?

Designed by a dentist, the ZQuiet is a mandibular advancement device. And MAD mouthpieces have been proven to be an effective snoring remedy.

The ZQuiet is as safe as it is effective. It will alleviate your snoring no matter what position you sleep in. And the makers promise you’ll see results the very first night you use their oral mouthpiece.

 

How the ZQuiet Mouthpiece Works

The sound you make when you snore is usually the result of soft tissues vibrating at the back of your throat. And this is usually caused by a narrow or obstructed airway.

The ZQuiet gently moves your lower jaw forward. This holds your airway open as you sleep. Since the airway isn’t blocked or obstructed, those soft tissues won’t vibrate, and you won’t snore.

Thanks to the 2-Step Comfort System you actually get two mouthpieces when you order a ZQuiet.

The more your jaw is advanced, the more open your airway will be. And some users need more jaw advancement than others to get the desired results.

So you’ll start with the Comfort 1 mouthpiece, which slightly advances your jaw. If your snoring persists, you can move up to the Comfort 2 mouthpiece, which advances your jaw a bit more.

 

More about the ZQuiet Mouthpiece

The ZQuiet is made of thermoplastic elastomer, a material that is both latex and BPA-free. This material …

An Unforgettable Trip to Sweden to Speak about Narcolepsy

I recently returned from Sweden, where I was honored to be the keynote speaker at a narcolepsy event hosted by Narkolepsi Föreningen, an association for people affected by narcolepsy due to the Pandemrix vaccine against swine flu in 2009-2010 and their relatives.  The retreat took place on May 11-13, 2018, but I traveled to Sweden a week early to explore a bit of my Swedish heritage and adjust my clock before the conference.

Exploring Stockholm

Some of my favorite touristy activities included visiting the Vasa Museum, Millesgarden, Fotografiska, Old Town and of course, the ABBA Museum!  Very special video below, lol.  😆

Watch this video on YouTube.

I lucked out with the most beautiful weather – it was 70-80 degrees and sunny my entire trip. So, I really enjoyed wandered Stockholm, ducking into cute shops, snapping photos and taste-testing all the cardamom-laced pastries, oat milk lattes and gummy candy.

Soccer is No Joke

Attending my first soccer game was a huge highlight, with Djurgärden (the team we were cheering for) defeating Malmö 3-0 to win the Sweden Cup! The “fan spirit” far exceeding my expectations – with both enthusiastic cheer AND angry rioting (Malmö fans). Scroll through this Instagram post for videos of the mayhem.

Learning How to Pronounce My Last Name

While in Sweden, I also learned how to pronounce “Flygare” — my own last name (at the age of 34)! I’ve known for a while that our U.S. pronunciation wasn’t the original Swedish version, but it took me a week of practice to really getting the correct pronunciation right. Learn how to say “Flygare” (scroll to watch video)!

Speaking at the Narcolepsy Retreat

After an awesome week in Stockholm, I was excited to travel 30 minutes outside the city for the narcolepsy event. Each spring, Narkolepsi Föreningen hosts this retreat for its membership to come together at a beautiful retreat center. The organization also hosts a larger conference for both its members and their families in the fall.

Sixty-eight people with narcolepsy signed up to attend the retreat. While Narkolepsi Föreningen’s membership definitely varies, a majority developed …

AADSM to Launch “Mastery Program” in Dental Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) will launch a “Mastery Program” in September of this year. According to the AADSM, it will be a “comprehensive educational program will ensure that dentists have the necessary training and skills to provide oral appliance therapy (OAT) to patients with sleep-related breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring.”

AADSM president Harold A. Smith, DDS, says in a release, “With more and more Americans being diagnosed with sleep apnea, there’s a growing need for dentists who are highly skilled in dental sleep medicine. By creating a standard education program, we can ensure that dentists have the necessary training and education requirements to prove that they are experts in this field and capable of providing optimal patient care.”

The Mastery Program will consist of 65 total hours of learning split into three different sessions (Mastery I, Mastery II, and Mastery III). Each session will consist of 2.5 days of in-person courses and will provide 20 ADA CERP [American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program] hours. Mastery I will provide an additional 5 continuing education hours due to the prerequisites that attendees must complete ahead of time. In addition to the in-person courses, dentists will also be required to complete clinical work between courses.

After completing Mastery I, attendees will be eligible to earn the Qualified Dentist Designation. The Mastery Program also offers a new pathway for dentists to achieve the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate status. Individuals who complete all three Mastery sessions will be eligible to sit for the ABDSM certification examination. So this new program can help dentists fulfill the necessary requirements to achieve the Diplomate designation.

“Being an ABDSM Diplomate is a prestigious status that requires a commitment to continuing education as well as dedication to our field. We encourage all dentists who want to provide oral appliance therapy to get the requisite training through the Mastery Program and become ABDSM Diplomates,” Smith says.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/aadsm-launch-mastery-program-dental-sleep-medicine/…

Moving From 3 Naps to 2

Making changes to your baby’s nap schedule is a tricky process, and the trickiest one of them all is the switch from three naps a day to two.

In today’s video, I’ll help you decide whether or not your little one’s ready to make the transition, and if so, how to go about it in order to minimize the fallout and keep baby on a happy, healthy sleep schedule.

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Professional Athletes Foundation – Proper Sleep is More Than a Curfew

Much like the growing awareness surrounding brain trauma and its effects, the problem of poor sleep is gaining traction in the public eye. The NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation, The Living Heart Foundation and Pro Player Health Alliance [PPHA]) work together with former NFL players to make the problems associated with poor sleep known to the public…

Read more about what the Professional Athletes Foundation says David Gergen, Pro Player Health Alliance and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy members are bringing to help the former NFL players across the country have a better night’s sleep.

The full article can be found on the Professional Athletes Foundation website by clicking here.

from Sleep Scholar http://www.sleepscholar.com/professional-athletes-foundation-proper-sleep-is-more-than-a-curfew/…

How a Benefit Manager’s New Program Is Improving CPAP Therapy Adherence and Lowering Costs

A data-driven model is used by CareCentrix’s iComply, which was developed by a team of respiratory therapists and sleep medicine physicians who applied the principals of behavior modification to patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Improving therapy adherence is an ongoing challenge for clinicians treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). So it’s noteworthy that a new program by benefits manager CareCentrix that allows respiratory therapists to support patients who are starting to use positive airway pressure (PAP) devices such as CPAP to treat OSA shows improved adherence as well as reduced patient and payer costs.

“The iComply program was inspired by the recognition that patients with OSA often struggle at the start of therapy,” says Michael Cantor, MD, JD, chief medical officer at CareCentrix and the person leading the program. “It can be difficult to acclimatize to therapy, especially to find a comfortable mask. Studies in the medical literature show that only about 50% of patients starting PAP therapy are adherent at 90 days.”

Using a data-driven adherence model—meaning the intervention is based on evaluation of data obtained directly from the PAP device in addition to self-reported information—the program separates itself from others that rely solely on self-reported information or other indirect measures of adherence. Cantor adds, “We recognize that some patients need more than 90 days to get acclimated to PAP therapy, and we provide a specific track designed to encourage these patients to use their PAP devices properly, which can lead to a greater percentage of OSA patients using the therapy they need.”

A team of respiratory therapists and sleep medicine physicians who applied the principles of behavior modification created iComply. “IComply staff are respiratory therapists with experience working with OSA patients,” says Cantor. “They understand the challenges of initiating PAP therapy and the importance of intervening early.”

The respiratory therapists work with the patients over the phone, using data from the PAP devices to guide the support. “They can see when patients struggle to use it for the proper number of hours or when masks are leaking,” says Cantor. “During the calls, they focus