Sleep Apnea, Mouthpieces And Your Sleep

Sleeping with someone who snores can be stressful as you also lose sleep each night. But the danger is actually twice as bad for the snoring partner because this condition, while it may appear funny and embarrassing to some, is actually a major health risk. Snoring is usually a major symptom of sleep apnea. This sleeping condition causes the person to suffer from constant breathing gaps in their slumber, lasting from several seconds and occur all throughout their sleep. The human brain is essentially choosing between breathing and sleeping in your slumber, meaning you can easily die in your sleep without you knowing.

It is quite common but only a handful get themselves checked for it. Many of these people simply dismiss the snoring thinking it is one of those things you have to accept in life. But how badly mistaken they are. It may not follow that those who snore have sleep apnea but the majority of sleep apnea sufferers snore in their slumber. Having TMJ can actually make it worse! This can go on for years and it significantly puts your health at risk. You are predisposed to other more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke if not treated promptly.

Some 90 million American adults snore, according to, and many could find relief with general health solutions. The Mayo Clinic recommends getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night if you snore, for example, or losing weight since overweight people can have extra throat tissues that contribute to snoring. 

There are also expensive, extensive solutions like oral devices, according to dentist Gene Sambataro. The mandibular advancement device designed to remove obstructions in the airway, for example, “is one of the most widely-accepted dental appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea, useful in forcing the lower jaw down and forward slightly,” he says. 


Not getting enough sleep is a major risk factor in itself. There is no cure yet to snoring but it does not mean it can’t be managed. You don’t even have to go under the knife or sleep with …

Parenting as a Team

If you’re raising a child with a partner, you’re pretty likely to have some differences of opinion about the right way and wrong way to approach the many issues that come along with parenting. How to discipline, breastfeeding or formula, free-range or attachment parenting, and a million other decisions need to be made between the two of you.

But it’s important to make those decisions together so that your little one gets a clear set of rules and expectations from both parents. Otherwise, it’s one set of rules for one parent and one set for the other, which is obviously confusing and frustrating for the child.

In today’s video, I have a few tips to help you communicate with your partner and agree on some compromises when it comes to your parenting approach, helping you both to present a united front when it comes to your little one.

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In Menopausal Women, BedJet an Effective Treatment for Sleep Disturbances, Night Sweats, Hot Flashes

A new study authored by Jordan Stern, MD, founder and director of BlueSleep Sleep Apnea and Snoring Center based in New York, NY and Darlyne Johnson, MD, a partner at South Shore Women’s Health in Boston, MA, concluded that the BedJet climate comfort system for beds is a highly effective, non-hormonal treatment for women suffering from menopausal sleep disturbance.

The study, titled The Efficacy of the BedJet Climate System for Peri-Menopausal Night Sweat and Hot Flash Symptoms and Corresponding Impact on Sleep, will be published as an abstract in the December issue of the scientific journal Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society. Stern and Johnson presented the results during the poster session at the North American Menopause Society Conference in San Diego on October 4.

The study evaluated the effectiveness of the BedJet System in a population of 46 peri-menopausal and menopausal women experiencing hot flashes, night sweats and sleep disturbances. Effectiveness was measured using validated sleep, menopausal symptom and quality of life surveys and subjects used the BedJet System for a period of at least three weeks. The study’s primary results included:

  • 94% of study participants reported improved sleep
  • 89% of study participants reported improved daytime function
  • 85% of study participants reported reduced hot flashes and night sweats

“Considering the known impact of poor sleep on overall health and mood, and its prevalence in menopausal women, there is an urgent need for treatment that can effectively address the problem,” Stern says in a release. “Based on the study results, the BedJet System is the first clinically proven device to be highly effective for treating poor quality of sleep in menopausal women.”

Johnson says the BedJet is a very effective alternative for women seeking relief from sleep disturbances due to hot flashes and night sweats. “This would be helpful for women who don’t want to or can’t use hormonal treatment,” she says. “Current solutions for relieving menopausal sleep disturbances and vasomotor symptoms during sleep are limited—they either have unpleasant and possibly detrimental side effects, are not conclusive in their effectiveness and are difficult treatments to adopt

Sleep Clinic-partnered Smartphone App Reduces Snoring

In partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Sleep Centers and the Medical Devices Center, researchers recently demonstrated the ability to reduce snoring through a noninvasive therapy facilitated by a smartphone game.

Snoring occurs when the upper airway muscles relax, obstructing a patient’s airflow, which causes noisy tissue vibrations during inhalation. In their research paper, “Smartphone-based delivery of oropharyngeal exercises for treatment of snoring,” Brian Krohn, PhD, Adam Black, PhD, and Umesh Goswami, MD, provide evidence that these noisy vibrations can be reduced by performing an oral therapy designed to strengthen and tone specific muscles within the upper airway.

Krohn enlisted the help of sleep physicians, speech pathologists, and video game developers to create Soundly, an app-based therapy clinically proven to reduce snoring. Soundly accomplishes this by presenting a visually stimulating, gamified therapy in which an onscreen character responds to scientifically optimized vocal commands dictated by the user.

“The ‘ee’ sound moves the tongue to the front of the mouth and the ‘aw’ sound moves the tongue to the back of the mouth,” says Krohn, Soundly’s founder and CEO, in a release. “Meanwhile, the ‘ng’ sound engages the muscles of the soft palate. By saying ‘nee’ and ‘naw’ in succession, the user is able to move their in-game character while doing the perfect pushup for their oropharyngeal muscles.”

With 100% of test subjects’ bed partners reporting a reduction in snoring and support from the medical sleep community, Soundly continues to focus its app on delivering a science-driven sleep therapy through the vehicle of a gamified smartphone app. The newly updated Soundly app is available in the iOS App Store and will debut at Somnex, The Sleep Show in London, Oct 12-14.

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Tips for Newborns

Newborn babies are typically not going to sleep through the night. Their little tummies usually require at least one or two nighttime feeds up until they reach the 6 month mark.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t start teaching them some great sleep skills, starting tonight! In today’s video, I have some tips to help you set up a schedule, establish an effective bedtime routine, and start your baby off on the right foot to encourage some sensational sleep skills right from day one.

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If your baby, infant or toddler is having trouble sleeping through the night, help is just a click away! The Sleep Sense Program has helped over 57,00 parents to get their kids sleeping 11-12 hours through the night AND taking long, restful naps during the day. If you’re ready to get started today – I’m looking forward to helping you!

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How Effective Are Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces?

Sleep is a human necessity but it is becoming more of a luxury as the days go by. There are different distractions that prevent you from sleeping. You actually don’t mind at times that you are losing sleep because you enjoy all these distractions. You like surfing the web. Playing games on your smartphone or video games. There are tons of shows to watch on TV or on the web. You can chat with friends on social media. Unfortunately, there are also conditions that can prevent you from getting enough sleep each night like sleep apnea.

People often associate sleep apnea with snoring because most people with the condition snore. However, not all snorers have sleep apnea. Many people find snoring funny but it is actually a deadly condition. People can die from it because you essentially stop breathing for several seconds multiple times in your sleep. It is not uncommon to see people waking up gasping for air in the middle of the night and not remember a thing the following morning.

Until now, there is no known treatment for sleep apnea just yet but there are treatments that can minimize symptoms, reduce the risk, and improve a person’s life. Surgery isn’t always an option for everyone because of the risks involved. The gold standard is CPAP which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It delivers air via a mask, which can make it quite a bit uncomfortable when wearing one in your sleep.

A continuous positive airway pressure machine and wearing a mouthpiece have been found to be the most successful treatments for obstructive sleep apnea in helping nighttime breathing, according to a report issued by AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). The authors said the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine was backed by the most compelling evidence. The mouthpiece is called MAD (mandibular advancement device)
The comparative effectiveness review was done by researchers at the Tufts Medical center Evidence-based Practice Center for AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program.
The authors of the report stress that all treatments have potential side effects.
The authors explained that

Rhinomed Signs Licensing Agreement with Medical Cannabis Operator to Target Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Conditions

Melbourne, Australia-based nasal respiratory and sleep company Rhinomed has signed a 12-year exclusive licensing agreement of its nasal platform technology with Columbia Care LLC, a large provider of cannabis-based products and services in the United States.
The agreement covers the license of Rhinomed’s nasal platform for the delivery of medical cannabis and cannabinoid compounds, analogues, and derivatives in the US market. Earlier this year, Rhinomed signed a non-binding term sheet with Columbia Care.

The companies believe that nasally delivered, dose-metered, targeted medical cannabis formulations open up a new pathway and opportunity across a range of indications for this class of medication within the pharmaceutical and over-the-counter consumer health/wellness settings. The program will see Rhinomed’s platform used to develop a range of unique nasally delivered cannabinoid products “in a range of qualifying conditions and symptoms including obstructive sleep apnea, PTSD, pain relief, anti-nausea, and other sleep-related conditions,” states a press release.


Under the terms of the agreement Rhinomed will optimize its platform for delivery of cannabinoid formulations and supply the customized product to Columbia Care. Columbia Care will manufacture and place specific pharmaceutical formulations onto the platform in its facilities in the United States.

Rhinomed will retain all intellectual property rights to its drug delivery platform. Any new intellectual property developed from the collaboration will be owned by the party responsible for the invention. Intellectual property invented jointly by Rhinomed and Columbia Care will be jointly owned by both parties.

The agreed revenue model will see Rhinomed receive cost plus a double-digit royalty fee on a per product basis.

In addition, Rhinomed will also receive a further double-digit share of net profits that varies based on the retail channel, with a greater share for product sold through its retail channels.

Rhinomed notes that while it is too early to assess whether the impact of this deal will affect its 2019 revenues, the company has been steadily working to unlock shareholder value by strategically opening up new industry verticals such as drug delivery, following the distribution and adoption of its Mute nasal stent product.

Rhinomed’s Platform Technology

Rhinomed’s patented nasal

Releasing the Audiobook of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy

Hello Audiobook!

Today, I’m SO beyond thrilled to release the AUDIOBOOK for Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy! Available now on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Listen to a sample and download here (your first audiobook with Audible is always FREE!).

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Narrating is an Art

Recording the audiobook is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Finally, this summer, I hunkered down to hire a recording studio and producer. I thought I’d be great at narrating my own audiobook and could show up the following week in the studio to narrate it – easy peasy!

Little did I know… the process was much more “involved.” It was extremely emotional. It was also physically excruciating at times, reading so carefully for hours on end as a person with narcolepsy. My voice muscles needed to be trained up toward the recording, just like training for a marathon. I will follow up with a fun post about the behind-the-scenes journey soon.

Let’s Raise Awareness

I’m just SO beyond excited to finally share this new resource with you to open more hearts and minds to narcolepsy. Thank you for your incredible continued support of this book!

Special thanks to Kenny, Sean, Sebastian, and Deb – you carried me through this experience and brought out the very best narrator in me possible. I’m forever grateful for your enthusiasm, expertise and incredible kindness.

Please download the audiobook, leave a review, and spread the word to friends and family! I can’t wait to hear what you think. 

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4 Best Nasal Dilators for Snoring

There are many things that can cause snoring. And one of them is nasal congestion.

Even if something else is the primary cause of your snoring, nasal issues can make you snore more often, or make your snoring more severe. Probably both.

The nasal issues that can contribute to snoring include:

  • Nasal congestion. Some only have to worry about a stuffy nose during cold or allergy season. But, for others, nasal congestion is a chronic, ongoing problem.
  • Structural defects. Many people who have a deviated septum (meaning the partition between the nostrils is crooked) also snore.
  • Your anatomy. If you have small nostrils or a narrow nasal passage, you’re more likely to snore.

Another problem is that nasal congestion can force you to breathe through your mouth. And breathing through your mouth while you sleep also increases the likelihood that you’ll snore.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution for the more common nasal issues. And that solution is a nasal dilator.


Nasal Dilator Basics

A nasal dilator is a small device that opens up your nasal passages. This allows air to flow more freely through your airway.

Studies have shown that snorers who wear nasal dilators often see a reduction in the frequency and severity of their snoring.

Most nasal dilators are non-medicated. This makes them a great choice for those looking for a drug free solution to their nasal congestion.


Types of Nasal Dilators

The goal of all nasal dilators is to open up your nasal passages. But different types of dilators do that in different ways.

Nasal dilators can be split into two broad categories: internal nasal dilators and external nasal dilators.

External Nasal Dilators

External nasal dilators are applied to the outside of your nose, and gently pull the nasal passages open.

The nasal strips you see some athletes wearing are external nasal dilators.



A nasal strip is adhered to the outside of the nose, just above the nostrils. The adhesive on the underside of the strip keeps it in place, even if you move around while you sleep. But the adhesive …