Our Time to Shine! Behind-the-Scenes of Project Sleep’s Recent Advocacy Initiative

I was scared.

I didn’t know if you’d come with me on this path.

We’d JUST finished the incredible record-breaking Sleep In 2019 campaign, with many of you giving time and spoons to support Project Sleep.

The very next day, I learned that our advocacy moment had arrived — yay!! But with a really quick turnaround deadline — gulp!! 

It was our time to shine – our time to show Congress, NIH, & CDC that people with sleep disorders were organized and taking action. I never doubted our community’s fierce passion for the cause, but I worried about the timing, on the heels of the Sleep In and with short turnaround. People are busy and spoons are limited.

Yet, I suppose some opportunities, like adversity, come on their own time, with little regard for our neat little schedules and plans. So we try our best to go with the flow (still hard for me, but working on it).

Here We Go…

As I raced to send out the advocacy action alert on Wednesday 3/13, we effectively had 9 business days to try to get 20 Representatives signed onto an important Congressional Letter. To achieve this, we had to:

  1. reach advocates across the country,
  2. help them reach their Representatives’ offices,
  3. conduct lots of follow up.

So yeah, I was worried. I created a cheesy poster-board to broadcast our progress via Facebook Live and Instagram.

And you showed up.

Even though the process was a bit complicated and some of our important emails went to your SPAM folders (true story). For a while, there was just one Representative listed on the poster (my own), then two…

You kept showing up, you emailed, you called, you shared your stories, and you enlisted friends and family to do the same. Collectively, the project included thousands of emails with nearly 200 patient advocates reaching over 100 congressional offices on Capitol Hill, reaching districts from New Hampshire to California, from Michigan to Alabama!

The day before our deadline, on Monday 3/25, I was doing work at a Starbucks when I learned that we’d …

AADSM Develops Educational Standards for Dental Sleep Medicine

As more patients turn to their dentists for help with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) releases its educational standards for the dentists who practice dental sleep medicine.

“It is about ensuring those dentists who desire to treat patients with OSA or snoring are properly trained, so their patients are safely and effectively treated,” says David Schwartz, DDS, D.ABDSM, AADSM president-elect, in a release. His editorial explaining the organization’s position appears in the most recent issue of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine.

The AADSM launched the AADSM Mastery Program to provide standardized education to dentists who want to provide oral appliance therapy for OSA and snoring. The program consists of three levels of training comprising 65 hours of continuing education.

The AADSM has reached out to all US dental schools, inviting them to offer an accredited AADSM Mastery Program. The AADSM recently approved the first dental school to receive this designation.

“The inherent risk to the patient coupled with the professional liability risk the dentist is assuming is far too great to be fooled into thinking that no additional training is needed,” says Schwartz. “High-quality care is an absolute must, and proper education and training are the only pathways to ensure quality care.”

The AADSM states that standardized education based on a core curriculum is essential for the growth of the field. “I firmly believe that dentists will play an increasingly larger role in preventing medical diseases and treating illnesses such as OSA, snoring, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. There simply are not enough physicians, but to do so, we need to demonstrate that we are competent to provide optimal care,” says Schwartz.

Establishing educational standards addresses a topic that was not covered in the recent American Dental Association (ADA) Proposed Policy on the Role of Dentistry in the Treatment of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders. That policy does not specify educational requirements for dentists to provide oral appliance therapy. It is in this context that the AADSM has taken on the responsibility of defining and providing the education necessary for dentists who

4 Crucial Things To Know About The ZQuiet Mouthpiece

You’ve probably heard of ZQuiet. It’s a well-known anti-snoring mouthpiece. If you’re already using it, good for you. If not, why not look into it. Who knows? It might be just be the right mouthpiece to help you stop snoring.

ZQuiet mouthpiece is a mandibular advancement device, also known as MAD. It is fitted into the mouth before sleeping to stop the snoring.

The most widely used mouth device for sleep apnea, MADs look much like a mouth guard used in sports. The devices snap over the upper and lower dental arches and have metal hinges that make it possible for the lower jaw to be eased forward.


ZQuiet mouthpiece has been ranked the top anti-snoring mouthpiece for 2019. This is according to Nutshellnutrition.com.

Overall the ZQuiet thoroughly deserves the #1 spot on our list.

On their website you can see numerous five star reviews from individuals just like yourself who have suffered from the negative effects of snoring, and read their stories of how this simple product has changed their entire life for the better.

In addition to the reviews, ZQuiet more importantly has the backing of several well renowned dentists and dental practitioners worldwide. Who praise it for its innovative and non-invasive design.


Now, hold on. It’s not enough to know that ZQuiet mouthpiece is ranked number one. Before deciding on using it, here are 4 crucial things that you should know about this particular mouthpiece.

ZQuiet mouthpiece was created by a couple who suffered a lot from snoring.

It all started because Dan Webster snored. Exiled to the living room couch so his wife Katrina could catch up on her sleep after the birth of their second child, Dan had surgery on his airway in the hope of regaining his place in the bedroom. The elective procedure was not covered by insurance, and after a long and painful recovery period, the snoring returned. It was then that Dan began to research oral appliance therapy, and soon, the couple decided to create their own anti-snoring device.

In 2008, in cooperation with

Changing Behavior

I think it’s safe to say that, no matter how great our kids might be, there’s always going to be some bad habit or behavior that you, as the parent, are going to want to prevent.

But as we all know, breaking a bad habit isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Many people go through life without ever altering their own self-destructive behaviors, so it’s obviously quite a challenge to convince a toddler to stop whining for candy or quit teasing their sibling.

In today’s video, I have a few tips that should help you understand the motivation behind some of those undesirable behaviors, and leave you better equipped to prevent them with a minimal amount of protest from your little ones.

Rather read than watch? Click here.

Are you tired of butting heads with your little ones? Looking for a better way of resolving conflict with them? I’ve got just the thing!

Kids:The Manual is filled with simple, step-by-step solutions to the problems that parents face with their children’s behavior. End the frustration for both you and your child, and discover the surprisingly easy path to a conflict-free relationship with your kids!

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Best Luxurious Mattresses on the Market (2019)

You’ve heard it before. If you sleep the recommended 8
hours a night, you will spend a third of your life in bed.

Well, it’s absolutely true. And if you’re going to
spend that much of your time lying down, why not gift yourself with a luxurious
mattress to lie down on?

There are a lot of luxurious mattresses on the market,
and figuring out which one is right for you can be difficult.

Well, that’s where this list comes in.

Below, you’ll find what we consider to be four of the
best luxurious mattresses you can buy online. You’ll find a variety of mattress
types on our list, including memory foam and latex mattresses. And while each
mattress is unique in one way or another, one thing they have in common is
glowing reviews from happy customers.

Another thing we considered is price. Because now
days, it’s possible to get a great mattress without spending a fortune.

So, without further ado, here are our picks for four
of the best luxurious mattresses on the market.

The Nectar Memory Foam

Nectar Mattresses are designed to give you the best
sleep of your life. In fact, the makers of the mattress guarantee it. And
considering that 100,000 happy customers have purchased the Nectar Memory Foam
Mattress, it’s hard to argue with that claim.

So why are buyers so happy with their Nectar

Provide Both Comfort and

Whether you sleep on your back, your side, or your
stomach, the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress provides you with both comfort and
support …

The Power of Choice

The toddler years are a bit of a mixed blessing, to put it mildly. On the one hand, your child is undergoing some amazing intellectual, social, and emotional changes, which are really wonderful to watch.

But they also start to realize that they have some authority over themselves, and they tend to do a lot of testing to see what they can and can’t get away with.

Giving your toddler some decisions to make will allow them to feel some control over their lives, but allowing them too much is likely to overwhelm them with decisions they’re not equipped to make.

In today’s video, I’ve got some great tips to help you provide your little one with some options in their day to day life that they can make without allowing them too much control too soon, or allowing them to make bad decisions.

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The Dangers Snoring Women Face

Both men and women snore. Sure, it’s a bit of a turn off for some of the women out there but that’s reality. Everybody snores. It’s just that there are more men who snore.

There exist anatomical differences in the bodies of both women and men that cause men to take the lead. 4 out of every 10 men snore, in comparison to roughly 3 out of 10 women.

(Via: https://flo.health/menstrual-cycle/lifestyle/sleep/ways-to-prevent-snoring)

Here’s a good reason why men snore more than women.

Men are born with air channels that are narrower than women’s—and this causes unpleasant noise during night time. The narrower the air passage, the harder it is for the oxygen to flow during the normal breathing activity. Also, when air is forced through a narrow opening, the tissues surrounding it vibrate aggressively and snoring becomes louder as a result.

Statistically, men consume alcohol more often than females do; they are also more likely to consume it in excess. The tendency to smoke is more in men as compared to women, leaving them vulnerable to snoring as a side effect.

(Via: https://flo.health/menstrual-cycle/lifestyle/sleep/ways-to-prevent-snoring )

That explains why women are usually portrayed as victims of snoring partners. Nonetheless, that doesn’t change the fact that women snore as well. There are a lot of reasons why women snore. Weight gain is one of the reasons why there are snoring  women.

Transitional phases such as pregnancy, menopause, and hormonal imbalance can really change a woman’s metabolism. Often times, a change in a woman’s metabolism leads to weight gain.

Weight gain is one of the reasons for snoring loud. Hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, and menopause are the transitional phases in which there is an alteration in a women’s metabolism. Snoring and weight gain are closely associated. Excessive weight leads to skin build up around the neck area. This excess fat narrows the air passage and causes a hindrance in the airflow, resulting in the loud sound that we call snoring.


Exhaustion can also cause women to snore. Since the muscles are more relaxed when the body is tired, loud snoring is …

Withings Launches Breathing Disturbance Detection for Sleep Tracking Mat, Plans to Add Sleep Apnea Detection by End of 2019

Withings has added new capabilities to its sleep sensor mat, the Withings Sleep, that it says will track and provide detailed information about breathing disturbances experienced during the night. Available to all current Sleep owners after performing an app update, the new feature charts their breathing disturbances over time and provides educational content to help users recognize the signs of sleep apnea.

The new feature acts as a first step towards Withings’ strategy to introduce even more advanced sleep diagnostics including sleep apnea detection. Withings aims to add these capabilities by the end of 2019, subject to FDA and CE clearances.

According to the company, the new Withings Sleep breathing feature provides users with an early warning system to allow them to identify hard to diagnose potential issues and where appropriate, seek medical advice.

Breathing disturbances is a free upgrade for Withings Sleep and was developed and extensively tested by sleep physician Dr Pierre Escourrou within the Paris-Béclère hospital sleep lab using polysomnography (PSG) analysis.

Withings Sleep is a mat that fits under the mattress and after a onetime setup automatically provides a look at users’ nights by monitoring sleep cycles, tracking heart rate, and detecting snoring. The new feature monitors vital signs such as respiration and heart rate, as well as motion and snoring to track and chart the intensity of breathing disturbances throughout the night. The Health Mate App rates the intensity of those disturbances from low to high and provides monthly charts where people can visualize occurrences and take any necessary actions, such as seeking medical care.

The app also provides educational content around breathing disturbances and their impact on sleep quality and overall health issues such as blood pressure, fitness, and weight. It also provides information on sleep apnea, its signs and correlation to more chronic conditions.

“Despite its prevalence and serious consequences, sleep apnea goes largely undetected as current tests are confined to the clinical and sleep lab environment,” says Eric Carreel, president of Withings, in a release. “By allowing people to track the intensity of breathing disturbances, we are helping them identify warning signs

Engineer Uses Biological Fluid Dynamics to Better Understand Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can cause a range of health risks and problems, from heart disease and type 2 diabetes to drowsy driving and metabolic disruptions affecting performance. Even children between 2 and 8 can develop sleep apnea, which can affect normal development, learning and behavior.

“Treatments often fail because there is a knowledge gap of the fundamental science behind the reasons for this health issue,” says Haibo Dong, PhD, a University of Virginia associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who specializes in fluid dynamics research, in a release.

Dong and PhD students Junshi Wang and Pan Han are gaining new understanding of the fundamental science behind sleep apnea by using CT scans and MRIs to image the mouth and nose and the full airway during snoring and apnea, and then computer-modeling the actions that cause vibrations of the uvula and obstructions. They are looking for the changes in the shape of the airway during sleep that cause perturbations in airflow. Those perturbations are the vibrations of snoring and the often-resulting breathing difficulties.


The three images here represent vortices, streamlines, and velocity contours of snoring flows in the human pharyngeal airway.

If Dong’s team and his research colleagues, including James Daniero, MD, a head and neck surgeon in UVA’s Department of Otolaryngology, can understand the basic mechanics of sound produced during normal breathing, then perhaps better treatments and longer-term solutions for abnormalities may be possible.

“This work is highly interdisciplinary and involves scientific problems in the fields of biology, physics, physiology and engineering,” Dong says. “By studying biological fluid dynamics, we are trying to predict and eventually control sleep apnea and snoring.”

Dong has now modeled both normal breathing and the breathing conditions of sleep apnea for people from 8 months to 80 years old. He is identifying the “force reduction,” the point when normal breathing does not provide enough air volume to keep the front and back of the airway open, resulting in collapse.

“With a normal airway, we see a very smooth channel that doesn’t vibrate much, and where there is not much force difference on the airway walls

Aging and Sleep: Making Changes for Brain Health

Neurobiological processes that occur during sleep have a profound impact on brain health, especially as we get older, writes neuropsychologist Margaret O’Connor, PhD, ABPP.

Numerous studies have shown that structural and physiological changes that occur in the brain during sleep affect capacity for new learning, as well as the strength of memories formed during the day. Sleep promotes the consolidation of experiences and ideas; it plays a pivotal role in memory, and has been shown to enhance attention, problem solving, and creativity.

When we get older, we tend to feel sleepy earlier in the evening. This may result in waking up early in the morning as our sleeping hours shift. Older people have less REM and less slow wave sleep. Less slow wave sleep may impede memory consolidation in older adults.In addition to changes in sleep cycles, older people are increasingly vulnerable to sleep disturbances that cause poor sleep and low brain oxygen such as sleep apnea, a medical condition characterized by loud snoring, breathing pauses during sleep, and daytime fatigue.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/03/aging-sleep/…