The Curse of the Short Nap

Tell me if this sounds familiar. Your baby is yawning and rubbing her eyes, clearly ready for a prolonged daytime snooze, so you put her down in her crib, turn out the light and she dozes off, only to wake up again 45 minutes later, refusing to go back to sleep.

This is such a common occurrence, I’ve named it, “The Curse of the Short Nap.” In today’s video, I’ll explain why the 30-45 minute mark is such a predictable wake-up point for babies, and tell you how you can help them to get the long, restful naps they need.

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Elevo Kit Snoring Intervention Device

In December, the FDA issued a 510(k) clearance for Zelegent Inc’s Elevo Kit Snoring Intervention Device.

The specialized tool is designed to enhance patient treatment options for snoring. Elevo’s delivery system allows placement of specially-shaped sutures that provide lift to the soft palate and then are naturally dissolved by the body. It is indicated for symptomatic, habitual, and social snoring due to palatal flutter.

Elevo is used in Elevoplasty, a procedure that provides lift and stiffening to the soft palate tissue in the mouth. Elevoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia in an office setting without the need for surgery.

Zelegent also recently announced a collaboration with Cook Medical to market the new device.

“Elevoplasty is like a mini-face lift for the soft palate,” says Alexander K. Arrow, MD, Zelegent CEO, in a release. “We are honored to have the Elevo product adopted into a minimally invasive and innovative Cook product portfolio whose reputation dates back to Cook’s early work supporting pioneering physicians.”

Cook will begin training physicians on the Elevo Kit later this year.

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Collaboration to Bring Minimally Invasive Tech for Snoring to Sleep Specialists

Cook Medical and Zelegent Inc have entered into an agreement to enhance treatment options for patients suffering from snoring. Working together, the two companies will market Zelegent’s new minimally invasive technology for snoring. The Elevo Kit Snoring Intervention Device allows physicians to perform Elevoplasty in an office-based setting with no general anesthesia.

Headquartered in La Jolla, Calif, Zelegent is a medical device manufacturer dedicated to creating patient solutions for sleep disorders. In 2017, physicians in 8 US medical centers completed a Zelegent-sponsored multi-center clinical trial. The trial evaluated a snoring intervention via Elevoplasty, a procedure created by Zelegent and performed in an office setting. The S.I.L.E.N.C.E. clinical study included both academic institutions and private practitioners, including several thought leaders of sleep disorder treatments and international lecturers on sleep surgery in the field of otolaryngology.

“This collaboration with Cook Medical is the next step in bringing Elevoplasty to the offices of both sleep disorder specialists and otolaryngologists,” says Alexander K. Arrow, MD,  Zelegent CEO, in a release. “We are pleased that the value of this innovative procedure has attracted such a well-trusted company in the ENT device space.”

As part of the collaborative effort, Cook Medical will provide global sales, marketing, and distribution support. The company’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) team currently provides minimally invasive products to treat obstructive salivary gland disorders, as well as head and neck advanced tissue repair grafts. This agreement allows Cook Medical to expand its product portfolio to include treatment options for snoring.

“We saw a need for new options to help patients struggling with snoring,” says Thomas Cherry, OHNS global business leader. “We found that Zelegent’s solution aligns perfectly with Cook Medical’s mission to support minimally invasive procedures, and we are excited to help bring this technology to patients in the near future.”

Indications for use of the Elevo Kit Snoring Intervention Device include symptomatic, habitual, and social snoring due to palatal flutter.

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5 Tips for People with Narcolepsy to Succeed in College [Podcast]

The opportunity to pursue post-secondary education is fraught with challenges for some people with sleep disorders. From concerns about inadvertently keeping roomies awake with loud snoring, to being unable to wake for early morning classes, colleges and other places of higher education can feel a little intimidating for your patients. Luckily, there are people with sleep disorders who have walked the hallowed halls of college—and graduated. Today, we are specifically sharing strategies for people with narcolepsy to do well in college.

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Why You Need a Good Night’s Sleep

good night's rest

Why do you need a good night’s sleep?

Well, we all know what can happen when you’re sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep at night, getting
through the next day can be a struggle. You’ll feel tired, maybe even sleepy,
which can make even simple tasks feel harder than they need to. By early
afternoon, all you’ll want to do is lie down and get some shut eye. But you
can’t because you still have at least half of the day to get through.

So not getting enough sleep at night is definitely a
bad thing.

On the other hand, getting all of the sleep you need
has plenty of benefits. And not being tired the next day is just one of them.

Here are a few of the things a good night’s sleep can
do for you.

7 Benefits of Getting a
Good Night’s Sleep

1. More Brain Power

There was a study done to determine who got better
grades, college students who got plenty of sleep, or college students who were
sleep deprived.

Almost anyone could’ve guessed the results. The
students who got enough sleep performed better than those who didn’t.

Are you taking a test tomorrow? Or tackling a
difficult project at work? If so, the worst thing you can do is not get enough
sleep tonight.

The amount of sleep you get affects your ability to
focus and concentrate. And lack of focus or concentration can make working on
anything, especially a task that’s mentally challenging, a lot harder. So if you need to write an essay or
solve a difficult problem, you’ll do much better if you got plenty of sleep the
night before.

2. Improved Memory

You’ve heard it before. Not getting enough sleep makes
it harder for you to focus, concentrate, and pay attention. Lack of focus makes
it harder for you to absorb new information, so you’ll find it harder to recall
the details of an event or action. But if you get enough sleep, you’ll be less
likely to forget the name of that new client, or where you …

How To Help Your Snoring Partner

As people get into relationships, it is inevitable for them to share the same bed at night. While this is generally a welcome idea since it fosters intimacy and a deeper relationship with your partner, it can also bring about some challenges especially when one of you has sleep apnea. Snoring is the major symptom of sleep apnea but bear in mind that not all snorers have sleep apnea. To make that distinction, consult your doctor or a sleep specialist to get a definite diagnosis so that you can also receive the right treatment for your condition.

Snoring is not only a medical dilemma, but it has likewise causes conflicts in relationships. If the man snores loudly in his sleep, the woman won’t be able to sleep at all and it can result in a bad mood and cold shoulders the following day. If this goes on for a long time, imagine how upset the non-snoring partner is having to endure chronic sleeplessness every single day. It is no wonder that some couples actually have separate sleeping arrangements in order to save their marriage. The separation can take its toll on their relationship but it is a risk they are willing to take rather than constantly suffer from sleep deprivation.

Sleeping with a snorer can be extremely frustrating. Lack of proper sleep can lead to a wide variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, impaired judgement, anxiety, and depression. There are many products and tips that claim to help reduce snoring, such as a snoring mouthpiece, a pillow to encourage side sleeping, or sewing a tennis ball to the back of a sleep shirt to encourage side sleeping.

As the partner of a snorer, how can you be supportive of the snorer in a way that encourages them to take control of their snoring and health without alienating or upsetting them? It’s a tall order, but not impossible. Here are some tips.

Use earplugs to make sleeping with a snorer easier

The simplest way to support your snoring partner is to tune out their snoring so

Physicians ID Commercially-available Pillow That Objectively Improves Sleep Parameters in Randomized Controlled Trial

Using pre- and post-EEG monitoring, a team of sleep physicians conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of consumer-marketed MyPillow.

Non-medical sleep devices have become a big consumer industry. These include self-adjusting beds and mattresses, snore-monitoring pillows, and wearables like the Apple Watch that can track sleep motion patterns and vitals. But studies have not focused on using at-home sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring to investigate the physiological differences with any of the widely-marketed pillows that receive subjective testimonials about enhanced sleep.

Our study evaluates the physiological changes that occur when using pillows that promote themselves as helping to provide a better night’s sleep. Emails were sent to five pillow companies; a response of interest was received by one company, MyPillow. We, the authors, did not have any preexisting relationships with MyPillow.

Pillow Market Factors

Increasing consumer awareness about pillows that can suit specific sleep positions has changed the dynamics of the pillows market globally, according to a report by Market Research Future. The global pillows market has seen significant growth in both decorative and functional pillows. Pillows that have “therapy” features are growing at a faster rate than pillows that promote other aspects like cooling, anti-static, or antibacterial features, according to Market Research Future.1

Study Design

Our goal was to study the physiological changes in sleep, as measured by the Sleep Profiler by Advanced Brain Monitoring,2 for people sleeping on traditional down pillows versus the foam MyPillow Classic Pillow. We set up a double blind randomized placebo-controlled study of adults ages 50 years and older in Brooklyn, NY. We initially attempted to recruit study participants from the diverse ethnic populations who live in Brooklyn. We posted ads in public places with a phone number supplied for response. We targeted Latino/Hispanic, Jewish, African-American, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Russian populations. Our strongest response by far was from the Russian population. For reasons of reliability, we decided to draw our entire sample from participants of Russian ethnicity. The

Sleep Training When Kids Share a Room

Teaching a little one to sleep through the night can be a tricky process at the best of times, but it’s made much more so if your new baby is sharing a room with an older sibling. Having one child waking up every time the other one starts to fuss is enough to make many parents throw in the towel and just bring one of their kids into their bed, which can completely derail their progress.

In today’s video, I’ll go over some of the more common pitfalls parents fall into in this scenario, and what you can do to minimize the impact that your baby’s night wakings will have on their sibling’s sleep habits.

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Good Night's Sleep

Do you have insomnia?

If you find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep,
the answer is “yes.”

Insomnia comes in many different forms. Maybe you have
a hard time falling asleep. Or you find yourself waking up throughout the
night. Or you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep.
Either of these forms of insomnia can keep you from getting as much rest as you
need. And not getting enough sleep at night can make it harder to navigate the

We all know the troubles a lack of sleep can cause.
You might find it hard to focus or concentrate, even on important projects.
You’ll be more prone to having accidents and making mistakes. And you probably
won’t be in the best mood either. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to be
cranky, to feel depressed, and to lose your temper.

The bottom line is that getting enough sleep at night
is a good thing. But, if you’ve been struggling with insomnia, you might be
wondering how you can actually do that. 

Well, here are some tips that will help you get all
the sleep you need.

1. Establish a Regular
Sleep Schedule

If you’re sleep schedule is consistent, you will find
it easier to fall asleep at night.

To establish a consistent sleep schedule, you need to
go to bed at the same time every night, and get out of bed at the same time
every morning. And you should stick to that schedule on weekdays, weekends, and

Sometimes you won’t be able to get to bed at your
regularly scheduled time. On those occasions, it’ll be tempting to sleep in the
next day. But if you let yourself stay in bed for even 30 minutes past your
regular “wake up time,” you will defeat the purpose of having a sleep schedule,
which is falling asleep faster.

So even when you have to go to bed later than usual,
get up at the same time the next morning. You might be a bit tired the next
day, but …

Snore Strips: Are They Your Snoring Cure?

Do you snore?

If so, you’ve probably tried all sorts of snoring

Some of them, even the ones that worked for your
brother or best friend, probably didn’t work for you.

Then there were the snoring remedies that worked, but
had drawbacks. There was one that was so uncomfortable you couldn’t use it for
long. And that other one was so complicated that you couldn’t be bothered to
use it half the time.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a snoring
remedy that was effective, comfortable, and easy to use?

Well, that remedy might not be as hard to come by as
you think. In fact, all you might have to do is walk into a local drug or
department store, go to the pharmacy aisle, and look for a box labeled “nasal

How Snore Strips Can Alleviate Snoring

Nasal strips, which are sometimes called “snore
strips,” are designed to open up your nasal passages. And that’s a good thing
for some snorers.

Many people snore because their nasal passages are
blocked or obstructed. This obstruction can be the result of congestion caused
by a cold, allergies, or even hormones. (For example, congestion is common
among women who are pregnant.)

Other things that can cause nasal obstruction or
blockage include a deviated septum, and your anatomy. If your nostrils are
naturally small, or you naturally have a more narrow nasal passage, then you’re
more likely to snore.

Nasal strips can help relieve congestion, opening up
your airway. And people with small nostrils, narrow air passages, or a deviated
septum often find they can breathe easier when wearing a nasal strip.

Nasal Strip Basics

Nasal strips have grown in popularity over the years.
BreathRite Nasal Strips are probably the most widely-known and readily
available brand on the market.

So what are nasal strips exactly?

They are external nasal dilators. And they look like
small, adhesive bandages.

A nasal strips consists of a piece of stiff, springy
material that has an adhesive on the bottom. The adhesive is how you attach the
strip to the bridge of your …