Weaning Off of the Swaddle

Swaddling is often a great method of keeping a newborn baby comforted and settled when they’re sleeping, but it eventually outlives its usefulness.

But quite often, babies develop an attachment to the swaddle and frequently wake up when they inevitably kick their way out of it in the night.

Today, I’ve got a step-by-step strategy for you to gently wean your baby off the swaddle and learn to fall asleep, and stay asleep, without needing to be wrapped up.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Causes, Risks and Treatments

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common than some realize. In fact, many people who have this medical condition don’t even know it.

There are a few different kinds of sleep apnea. But obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA) is the most common.

Read on to find out more about obstructive sleep apnea, including what causes it, and how you can figure out whether or not you have it.

You will also find information on the most common and effective treatments for OSA, and what lifestyle changes can help with this sleep disorder find some relief.


What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Someone with sleep apnea will stop breathing for short periods of time while they sleep. Periods during which a person stops breathing are called apnea, or apneic episodes.


Some people with sleep apnea don’t stop breathing entirely. Instead, there are periods when their breathing is shallow.

There are many things that can cause apneic episodes. If someone has obstructive sleep apnea, it means the upper airway is being blocked (or obstructed), either partially or completely.


What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

As you sleep, the muscles in your body relax. That includes the muscles in your throat and upper airway. And, for those with OSA, the throat muscles can relax a little too much.

Excessively relaxed throat muscles can result in a narrowed or obstructed airway. When the airway is too narrow, your breathing can become shallow, and you won’t be able to get enough air. And if the airway is completely obstructed, you won’t be able to breathe at all.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The good news is that, if you stop breathing while you sleep, your brain will register it and respond by waking you up. Once awake, you will be able to breathe normally again.

Someone with OSA can wake up several times a night. In fact, some sufferers wake up 10, 20, or even 30 times in a single hour. And that pattern can continue throughout the night.

You’d think someone would know if there sleep was disrupted that often. But OSA sufferers often wake up for such …

End Snoring Now

When we were young, many of us are probably guilty of making fun of our father, old uncles, and grandfather who snores so loudly it has already become an inside joke in your family. We always associated snoring with males but it does not mean that no women snore because there are a lot of women who are just as guilty as most men when it comes to snoring in their sleep. In a way, we are all in the same boat but it should not comfort us knowing both sexes are at risk of suffering from the dangers of snoring.

Add to that the fact that we are more predisposed to snoring, which is the most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea, because of our poor and sedentary lifestyle, vices like smoking and drinking, and the rising occurrence of obesity that makes you at higher risk for a list of other conditions worsened by snoring. Sleep deprivation is a growing concern because it not only affects productivity but likewise endangers you to certain accidents like fall and road accidents.

It is not too late to make a difference, though, by eliminating risk factors that you can get rid of knowing that there is no cure for sleep apnea or snoring itself. Its management is mostly palliative in nature and only addresses the snoring when a device is worn in your slumber but nothing is being done to address its root cause.

A survey of sleep disorders conducted by the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and published in the Journal Sleep Medicine uncovered a shift in snore suspects.

The results revealed that while 31 per cent of men snore “hard” three times a week, that figure was 34 per cent for females in the 25-34 age group.

Study authors suggest the rise might be attributed, in part, by increasing rates of obesity.

But men aren’t completely silent snoozers, however, as in the older age groups it was men who were causing a nasal nuisance throughout the night.

In the 55-64 age bracket, 45 per cent of the men studied

Representing Narcolepsy in Suffering the Silence Video & Photo Shoot

Hollywood’s portrayals of narcolepsy are notoriously inaccurate. For one day, the script was different, thanks to Suffering the Silence, AwesomenessTV and Visible. I was so proud to represent narcolepsy in this cool new video!

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Hello Hollywood!

The morning of the Suffering the Silence filming and photo shoot, I arrived at the fancy AwesomenessTV studio in Hollywood with wide eyes. It was hard to believe that I, Julie Flygare, was supposed to be here.

Entering the studio, I was excited to meet up with Erica Lupinacci and the four other “models” for the day – amazing women with chronic conditions including Madison, Gianna, Siobhan and Stephanie.

To be honest, going into this day, I’m not sure I fully understood what we’d be doing, but if it had to do with Suffering the Silence, I was in!

Silent No More

When I first saw the original Suffering the Silence campaign a few years ago, it took my breath away. Quickly, I added my photo and posted about it here.

Since then, I’ve been lucky to get to know the leaders of Suffering the Silence, Allie Cashel and Erica Lupinacci, and I’ve loved watching their movement grow into a 501(c)(3) organization accomplishing innovative work in the chronic illness space. Allie and Erica are rare gems- authentic, articulate, professional, and in tune with young adults living with chronic conditions across America.

I attended Allie’s book reading a few years ago and was honored to read from my own memoir at a Suffering the Silence event last year in LA, meeting other talented writers with chronic conditions. So when Erica invited me to participate in this Hollywood filming/photo thing, I said YESSSS right away! She had me sold at “hair, makeup and wardrobe provided.

The Works

Truly, this whole day was a treat. The hair, makeup and wardrobe stylists were incredible. I know it sounds cheesy but I honestly felt really pretty! I felt both myself and so not myself because my look was SO GLAM, including bright lipstick, fake eyelashes, and a

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

So I know this is where you usually come for my weekly video tips, and I’ll be back with those next week, but I had some pretty big news that I wanted to share with everyone.

A couple of months ago, a friend and business coach of mine saw that Ginger Zee, who you might know as the Chief Meteorologist from ABC News, was tweeting about her baby’s sleep issues. Ginger, who obviously has to be up very early and on her game in front of millions of viewers every day, was struggling with a little guy who was waking up a couple of times a night.

So my friend suggested she get in touch with me, which I’m absolutely thrilled to say she did, and with a little guidance and some determination we got baby Miles sleeping through the night in just a couple of days.

The piece aired on GMA yesterday morning, and I’d be lying if I said to wasn’t super excited about it, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share it with all of you!

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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Will Self-Driving Cars Help a Chronically Sleep-Deprived America?

Being able to snooze while traveling from point A to B has its appeal. Just don’t expect it to resolve most of the country’s sleep problems.

The recently revealed Volvo 360c concept car has made waves, crystallizing the idea of a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle that would conceivably have no need for human control or intervention in most driving environments. Volvo’s concept car would have consumer appeal via two key benefits: it would safely take passengers wherever they need to go, while simultaneously allowing them to fulfill other tasks during the drive, whether that be sleep, work, or play. While still just an idea and not yet in production, the multitasking car has appeal for the ever-increasingly-busy American.

Anyone in the sleep world knows that sleep deprivation is a nationwide public health concern—one in three Americans are sleep-deprived, leading to a host of issues that affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, from physical health to work productivity to personal relationships. And as we look to America’s future, it’s likely that we’ll only become busier. As technology improves and the tasks we’re able to complete in a day become more numerous, the concept of a dual-purpose vehicle that would allow passengers to get things done (even if that thing is sleep) while traveling to their destination is an attractive one.

The question isn’t if self-driving cars will ever become a reality; it’s the inevitable future. Congress has even passed bipartisan legislation to ensure the safe development and deployment of self-driving cars. With drowsy driving being a factor in an estimated 328,000 motor vehicle crashes annually and with 9.5% of all crashes involving drowsiness, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, autonomous cars will undoubtedly make our roadways safer. But, from the perspective of each individual person’s health, the ability to fall asleep in a car is merely a bandage for a chronically sleep-deprived America…nowhere close to the cure.

Unless a person is riding in their self-driving car for 8 hours non-stop, every day, the sleep debt that could feasibly be

Keep Snoring At Bay

We are not new to snoring. Since we were young, we have heard our older relatives including our parents and most especially the guys snoring in their sleep. We often made fun of them as kids not realizing it actually is a medical condition that likewise needs medical attention. The sad reality is that people can actually die from sleep apnea. Breathing is essential to life. You actually cease from breathing for several seconds and it happens multiple times in your sleep.

Sleep apnea management only manages the symptom and does nothing to get to the bottom of the condition. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for it but many scientific advancements have already been made to try at least overcome the snoring part. Snoring in itself has its hazards even if it is only one of the symptoms of sleep apnea. The loud snoring sound is enough to drive couples apart because of the chronic sleep deprivation that the unfortunate partner has to endure because of the loud snoring sound coming from their snoring partner when they are asleep.

It’s been two decades since doctors fully recognized that breathing that stops and starts during sleep is tied to a host of health issues, even early death, but there still isn’t a treatment that most people find easy to use.

Airway pressure masks, the most common remedy, have improved in design, getting smaller and quieter, but patients still complain about sore nostrils, dry mouths and claustrophobia.

Now, new ways of conquering sleep apnea, and the explosive snoring that comes with it, are vying for a place in the bedrooms of millions of people craving a good night’s sleep. Products range from a $350 restraint meant to discourage back sleeping to a $24,000 surgical implant that pushes the tongue forward with each breath.

(Via: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-ways-to-conquer-sleep-apnea-compete-for-place-in-bedroom-1.4010249)

Despite tech advancements, there remains to be no cure for sleep apnea. CPAP is the best management for it but it has a low compliance rate because it is extremely uncomfortable for the people using it and the reason may be this: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/why-a-cpap-machine-is-probably-not-for-you. Dentists …

Words Matter: At The Crossroads Of Innovation And Dignity

Life Science Leader magazine recently published one of my most honest opinion pieces, “Words Matter: At The Crossroads Of Innovation And Dignity.”

In this article, I highlight a tension between patient-centered language (that prioritizes neutral language to respect variation and individual autonomy) versus drug development language (that may lean toward hyperbole or negativity to help establish urgent unmet needs). 

Perhaps my favorite point comes toward the end of the article:

“To be ‘sick’ enough to deserve advancements urgently, can I be ‘a person with a serious condition’ or do I need to be a ‘patient suffering’ to biblical proportions? When we speak about people with chronic conditions, could the individuals who urgently need improved treatments be the same people looking to find a way forward in the current world, hoping for jobs, partners, fulfillment, and human dignity?”


Important Additional Resources on this Topic:

Rebecca E. Fuoco; People-Centered Language Recommendations for Sleep Research Communication, Sleep, Volume 40, Issue 4, 1 April 2017, zsx039, https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsx039

Is it Narcoleptics or People with Narcolepsy? Watch Video by Julie Flygare

Special Thanks!

Special thanks to John Novack at Inspire and Rob Wright at Life Science Leader for this unique opportunity to share a message with drug developers. Life Science Leader magazine is an essential business journal for life science executives who work for everything from emerging biotechs to Big Pharmas. 

I’m really excited to hear what you think. Please read, share and comment below. 

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Snoring Poses Greater Cardiac Risk to Women

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Moreover, the findings suggested that OSA may be vastly underdiagnosed among snorers.

A common but dangerous sleep disorder, OSA causes an increased risk for left ventricular and, more rarely, right ventricular dysfunction in the heart.

Researchers investigated cardiac function in relation to diagnosed OSA and self-reported snoring from data available through UK Biobank. A national and international health resource, UK Biobank is open to researchers and follows the health and well-being of 500,000 volunteer participants. Its aim is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses.

For this study, data from 4,877 UK Biobank participants who had received a cardiac MRI were analyzed. The patients were allocated to three study groups: those with OSA (118 patients), those with self-reported snoring (1,886 patients), and those who are unaffected—without OSA or snoring (2,477 patients). There were 396 individuals who did not meet research criteria.

“Our analysis showed that in both genders of the OSA and snoring groups there was an increase in left ventricular mass, meaning that the walls of the heart’s main pumping chamber are enlarged, making the heart work harder,” says lead author Adrian Curta, MD, radiology resident at Munich University Hospital in Munich, Germany, in a release. “We also found that men showed an increase in the ejection fraction of both ventricles.”

Ejection fraction is the percentage of the heart chamber’s total volume that is pumped out with each heartbeat.

When the researchers compared the snoring group to the unaffected group, they found a more significant difference in the left ventricular mass in women than in men. The cardiac changes in the self-reported snorers point to earlier impairment and might be an indication of undiagnosed OSA.

“We found that the cardiac parameters in women appear to be more easily affected by the disease and that women who snore or have OSA might be at