Sleep Apnea: A Ticking Time Bomb In Your Sleep

The public is very much aware of snoring but rarely do their associate it with sleep apnea. For many, it is just a nasty habit that has plagued millions (especially men) from then until now that we all just have to learn to live with. Even if you snore and have trouble sleeping each night, not many will seek professional treatment because it is expensive and time-consuming. These are just some of the reasons why a lot of sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed. The majority do not see it is as a major threat to their health and life, so they just learn to accept this bothersome symptom and go on with their lives.

Patients who snore and have sleep apnea but haven’t gotten treatment yet often lack focus and feel overly sleepy during the day. It’s because they weren’t able to get a decent amount of sleep at night. But more than the chronic sleeplessness, sleep apnea in itself is a deadly condition. Think about yourself not breathing for several seconds multiple times throughout your slumber. That’s what happens when you have sleep apnea. These periods of breathing gaps are critical because your brain is trying to decipher whether it should focus on breathing or sleeping instead. It is even more alarming to find out that almost a billion people all over the world have sleep apnea, who are silently battling in their sleep every single day of their lives.

A new data analysis presented by ResMed last week at the ATS 2018 International Conference, indicates that sleep apnea affects more than 936 million people worldwide — nearly 10 times greater than previous estimates.

The study, “Global Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” was conducted by an international panel of leading researchers seeking to provide a clear scope of the impact of the chronic sleep-disordered breathing condition. The previous estimation of OSA prevalence (100 million) came from a 2007 World Health Organization study that used methods and data available at the time. By analyzing technology improvements in detecting OSA and under-reported statistics from other areas of the world, this

Modern Anti-Snoring Gadgets To The Age-Old Problem Of Snoring

Snoring has been an ancient problem and people from all walks of life complain about it. Back then, the public just made fun of snorers saying that it is a hilarious habit and you likely have your own personal stories to tell about your snoring grandpa, father, uncle, or even complete strangers. But in the light of modern discoveries, science has found out that snoring is actually the most predominant symptom of a deadly yet often underrated condition known as sleep apnea.

With sleep apnea, you literally stop breathing for several seconds to minutes as your brain struggles to choose between breathing and sleep. This is usually caused by an abnormal structure that causes the airway to become narrow, thus the loud snoring sound. It is essentially the air passing through your airway that causes the vibration that triggers snoring.

Over the years, we have seen our fair share of anti-snoring gadgets that promise to reduce, if not totally eradicate, snoring. Some work while others don’t and they usually come at a price. You’re no longer forced to use CPAP because many are apparently not a big fan of it.

We’ve all been told that unplugging — putting our phones away and turning off the television at least 30 minutes before going to bed — is better for our sleep, productivity and overall health, but many of us are ignoring the recommendation. We aren’t just sleeping in our beds; we are also working, eating, checking email and watching television. Companies have responded by creating innovative products for the bedroom that meet our need for comfort and convenience. Here are some of the top trends and newest products.

The natural mattress

According to Technavio, an international market research company, there is growing demand for mattresses that are toxin-free, such as those made of natural latex.

Canadian-based Essentia makes memory-foam mattresses from natural ingredients such as natural latex, plant-based memory foam and unbleached cotton. The company has several models, with different firmness levels and core components.


Living in a tech-crazy modern world can do us both good and bad. …

Can Baby be Taught to Sleep in a Different Bed?

We all get our best nights’ sleep in our own bed, and babies are no exception. But if you’re spending the night away from home, the option’s not always available.

So is there a way to help your child get a good sleep when they’re away from the bed they’re familiar with? I’ll give you my opinion and suggestions in this week’s video.

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Upcoming Webinar: Translating the Patient Story into Action

Friends, I’m so honored to be a speaker on an upcoming webinar, “Translating the Patient Story into Action” taking place on Wednesday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m. ET.  Please register today to save your spot!

This event is hosted by the Society for Participatory Medicine, one of my very favorite organizations ever. The Society for Participatory Medicine is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the concept of participatory medicine, a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners. I’m a lifetime member of this organization, as I believe in their mission with all my heart and soul.

Can’t wait to participate in this upcoming webinar – bringing my experience as the author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy and my perspective training speakers, writers and advocates with Project Sleep!

Here’s the event line-up:

Annie Brewster, MD
Founder and Executive Director, Health Story Collaborative

Chris Anselmo
Market Intelligence Manager, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Annie Brewster, MD
Founder and Executive Director, Health Story Collaborative

Chris Anselmo
Market Intelligence Manager, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Julie Flygare
President and CEO, Project Sleep

Howard Chang
“Psocial Ambassador,” National Psoriasis Foundation

Sarah Krüg
Founder, Health Collaboratory
Chief Executive Officer, CANCER101
Acting Executive Director, Society for Participatory Medicine

Please join us for this exciting free event. REGISTER NOW!

from Julie Flygare…

Beddr’s Sleep Sensor-Mobile App Gets $5.6 Million in Series A Funding, Plans to Offer Access to Sleep Physicians in the Future

With $5.6 million in Series A funding led by Three Leaf Ventures, Beddr is launching a new product in the sleep space. Other investors in the round included the Stanford-StartX Fund, Delta Dental Washington Seed Fund, and I.T. Farm.

Now available for pre-order, the Beddr SleepTuner is the initial step in the company’s plan to deliver an integrated, digital approach to understanding and improving sleep.

“Working with leading sleep medicine experts, we’re bringing science into consumers’ homes with the first comprehensive solution that helps individuals understand factors impacting their sleep,” says Mike Kisch, co-founder and CEO of Beddr, in a release. “The Beddr SleepTuner helps people objectively understand the impact of sleep position, weight loss, alcohol consumption, as well as current treatments on overall sleep quality. Every morning, an individual will be presented with clinical grade insights and actions that may improve breathing, increase sleep duration, reduce snoring and improve recuperation.”

The Beddr approach integrates a sleep sensor, mobile app, and predictive analytics. The SleepTuner’s sensor is designed for comfort and ease of use when worn while sleeping over the course of multiple nights. It captures and correlates data points that include blood oxygen saturation, stopped breathing events, heart rate, heart rate spikes and sleep position. The SleepTuner connects wirelessly with the Beddr mobile app, guiding users through the “sleep tuning” process. The app compares each sleep assessment result to the prior one so users can see the impact of sleep tuning over time.

Beddr will ship an FDA-listed solution that leverages the science used in sleep labs, according to the company. “The Beddr SleepTuner is based on the best practices we use in a sleep clinic,” says Brandon R. Peters, MD, a practicing neurologist and board-certified sleep physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, who also sits on Beddr’s clinical advisory board. “As more and more people come to understand the importance of high-quality sleep, the demand for sleep expertise is exploding, and yet the supply of board-certified sleep physicians cannot keep up with demand. Existing solutions on the market have limitations; they’re either inaccessible to most people

AASM and AMA Advocate to Block Dentists from Diagnosing OSA

In a recent position statement, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Medical Association argue that only licensed physicians are qualified to order and interpret home sleep apnea tests.

In May of this year, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) got the American Medical Association (AMA) on board to try to block dentists and other non-licensed-physician healthcare practitioners from using home sleep apnea tests (HSAT) to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). According to the AASM article announcing its advocacy of this initiative, the position statement is meant to “defend the scope of practice of physicians and advanced care providers who manage patients with obstructive sleep apnea from encroachment by dentists and other practitioners, who are not trained or qualified to diagnose a medical disease.”

So how long has this resolution been in the works? AASM president Douglas Kirsch, MD, says it has been on their radar for quite some time. “In recent years, questions about the dentist’s role in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing have been raised by dental boards in states such as Texas, Georgia, and Colorado,” he says. “The AASM has been working with members in these states, and with their state medical societies, to ensure that dental boards consider the medical perspective when evaluating the scope of practice of dentists.”

Kirsch adds that to make this perspective readily available to both dental boards and medical boards in every state, the AASM developed the position statement and introduced a resolution in the American Medical Association House of Delegates. The AMA declined to comment on this article, referring the reporter to the AASM.

Dentists might be wondering if the resolution is intended to be interpreted that at no time should they be using home sleep testing. Is screening allowed before sending the patient to a physician if the HSAT result is positive? How about titration before sending the patient back to the sleep lab for an efficacy check? Kirsch says no, and that all testing should be done by a licensed physician.

“It is the position of the AASM (and the AMA) that

Sleep Myths

One of the great things about parenting is that, due to the fact that so many people have raised kids of their own, there is an endless amount of information available about it.

Which is also one of the worst thing about it.

Whether you ask for it or not, people are always happy to share their extensive knowledge about parenting, and that advice can be a great help, but it can also be terribly misleading and, sometimes, just plain wrong.

Today, I’m going to discuss some of the more popular myths about your baby’s sleep, as well as the reasons people tend to believe them, and what the facts say when it comes to getting your baby sleeping through the night.

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