Could These Straws Help With Weight Loss And Snoring?

These straws might just be heaven sent. Have you heard of the Zen Eating Sipper and the Dream Sipper? Well, if not, pay close attention because these straws claim to help with weight loss and snoring.

2 new devices, the Zen Eating Sipper and the Dream Sipper, claim to help people combat overeating and snoring by focusing on the way we swallow.


There really is no easy way to lose weight. Still, that’s not a good excuse to just let go of your weight. It’s important to watch your weight. It’s really not just for the sake of vanity. You have to lose weight for the sake of good health as well.

A startup company might just be able to help you lose weight in an easier manner.

A U.S. based startup called Zen Eating, with R&D labs in Israel, is trying to change the way we look at weight loss by focusing on the way we swallow. Its new product essentially trains the mouth to swallow in a healthier way, consuming less food per swallow, so that the stomach feels full faster than normal eating.


Zen Eating’s founder, Scott Hirsch, shares how he was able to come up with the idea of creating straws for weight loss.

The idea was spawned straight from Zen Eating’s founder, Scott Hirsch. “I would eat to fast and get stomach cramps,” Hirsch said. “Then it turned into acid reflux. Then it turned into extra pounds that would never come off no matter how hard I worked out or how healthy I ate. Then it climaxed by leading to snoring and severe sleep apnea.”


He had initially thought of a product like a CPAP machine but he eventually shelved the idea.

Hirsch initially set out to develop a device similar to a CPAP machine, but that’s focused on keeping the tongue from interfering with breathing during sleep. That device ultimately never saw the light of day, and all the while, Hirsch continued to struggle with sleep apnea, snoring and extra weight.


Hirsch went …

What You Should Know About Snoring

What do you know about snoring? Aside from the irritating noise it produces, how much do you really know about it? There’s no doubt that snoring is a nuisance to both the snorer and the sleeping partner.

It’s a nightmare to have to sleep with a snorer every single night. You wouldn’t want to deal with that. But if you have to, how would you go about it?

Before you deal with snoring, it’s important that you know more about it.

Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound. People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate. The position of your tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing.


Everybody snores from time to time. You’re probably a snorer as well; you just can’t hear it. Snoring isn’t much of a problem if it’s an occasional occurrence.

Snoring is very common and usually isn’t caused by anything serious. There are things you can do to help yourself if it’s a problem.


There are various causes of snoring. Weight is a huge factor. If you snore from time to time, you could be overweight. Smokers and alcohol drinkers are prone to snore as well. When it comes to sleeping positions, back sleepers are prone to snore too.

To prevent or stop the snoring, you could start with some simple changes. Getting on a healthy lifestyle is a good way to start.

There are many different things you can try to stop storing. Avoiding alcohol close to bedtime, sleeping on your side, treating allergies, losing weight and increasing exercise can help.


If a healthy lifestyle doesn’t silence the snorer, then there might be some underlying health issues. This is not to scare you or anything. But since you really want to know about snoring, it’s best that you look deeper into it.

About 20 to 50 percent of

9 Techniques to Clear Hurdles for Home Sleep Testing Preauthorization

Prior authorization isn’t just for in-lab sleep studies. Some third-party payors require advance paperwork for home testing as well.

Sleep medicine providers share the common goal of providing swift and effective care for their patients, but preauthorization for home sleep tests (HST) can sometimes stall this process and siphon resources away from patient care.

Long telephone hold times with third-party payors can interrupt the workflow of administrative staff and can be arduous to document in electronic health records. Faxes containing clinical documentation for preauthorization are often filled out by hand and must be manually entered into the patients’ electronic health records. Some sleep medicine offices hire full-time employees just to take on the extra work of getting HST preauthorization for their patients.

“They make it so that it is expensive for us to get the patient the test,” says Michael Zachek, MD, a sleep specialist who treats patients in Kentucky. “If you can answer the questions [for preauthorization] in 10 minutes, why does it take some providers 15 working days to get the answers?”

Medical office employees report spending hours navigating through individual insurance company’s websites or sitting on the phone, waiting to get through to the appropriate person to seek approval for a relatively low-cost test that is almost always approved.

To avoid unnecessary frustration, here are several easy to follow tips that can help streamline the process.

1. Small mistakes can hold up the preauthorization process, so study the clinical criteria for each insurance company, says Amy Aronsky, DO, FAASM, a sleep physician and medical director of CareCentrix. “Make sure you have all the pertinent clinical information that is going to support the diagnosis that you are looking to make and that the documentation supports the clinical guidelines.”

2. Be aware that insurance coverage guidelines could be changed on an annual basis, so it is essential to check in with the payors regularly to make sure that approval criteria is up to date.

3. Make sure all physician clinical notes are detailed, including data points that payors will commonly ask for, says Heather Barskey, director

Speaking at Narcolepsy UK Conference 2019!

Honored to share the news that I’ll be a featured speaker at the Narcolepsy UK Annual Conference in Manchester on Sept. 7-8, 2019. I’m so excited to share my story at this event and meet people in the UK who already feel like old friends. Read Narcolepsy UK’s announcement and register today!

I’ll never forget receiving the amazing Narcolepsy: Not Alone photo from Narcolepsy UK conference in 2013! I share this photo in every keynote presentation I’ve given the past couple years, so visiting and speaking at this conference will be very meaningful. 

Huge thank you to Matt O’Neill and Narcolepsy UK for extending this generous invitation, I’m forever grateful for our international community and can’t wait to visit the UK this fall!

Read the announcement here!

from Julie Flygare…

Women Underreport Prevalence and Intensity of Their Own Snoring

new study of adults who were referred for evaluation of a suspected sleep disorder suggests that women tend to underreport snoring and underestimate its loudness.

Results show that objectively measured snoring was found in 88% of the women (591 of 675), but only 72% reported that they snore (496 of 675). In contrast, objective snoring (92.6%) and self-reported snoring (93.1%) were nearly identical in men. The study also found that women snored as loudly as men, with a mean maximal snoring intensity of 50 decibels among women and 51.7 decibels among men. About 49% of the women had severe or very severe snoring (329 of 675), but only 40% of the women rated their snoring at this level of severity (269 of 675).

“We found that although no difference in snoring intensity was found between genders, women tend to underreport the fact that they snore and to underestimate the loudness of their snoring,” said Nimrod Maimon, MD, MHA, principal investigator and professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences and the head of internal medicine (B Ward) at Soroka University Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, Israel. “Women reported snoring less often and described it as milder.”

The study results are published in the March 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Snoring is a respiratory sound generated in the upper airway during sleep. The intensity of snoring may vary and often will disturb the bed partner’s sleep. Snoring is a common warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that involves the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep.

The study involved 1,913 patients who were referred to a sleep disorders center at a university hospital for a sleep evaluation. They had an average age of 49 years. Participants were given a questionnaire that asked them to rate the severity of their snoring. Objective snoring volume was quantified using a calibrated digital sound survey meter during a sleep study that lasted an entire night. Snoring intensity was classified as mild (40 – 45 decibels), moderate (45 – 55 decibels),

10 Natural Remedies For Snoring

Let’s talk snoring. Are you sleeping with one who snores? Maybe you’re the one who snores. Either way, you have to do something about it. Here are 10 natural remedies for snoring.

The first thing you should do to stop snoring is to change your sleeping position. It’s advisable to sleep on your side.

Sleeping on your back sometimes causes the tongue to move to the back of the throat, which partly blocks airflow through your throat. Sleeping on your side may be all you need to do to allow air to flow easily and reduce or stop your snoring.


If sleeping on your side is challenging, consider sewing a tennis ball to the back of you pajamas. It will stop you from sleeping on your back. While it sounds quite funny, it’s effective.

If you want to stop your boyfriend or husband from snoring loudly, “put a tennis ball in a pocket tee worn backward, which can help train them to sleep on their side,” Shelby Harris, PhysD, director of behavioral sleep medicine at the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, told Women’s Health


The third natural remedy for snoring is to check your pillows. Make sure they’re clean. It might also be time to replace them.

Allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. When did you last dust the overhead ceiling fan? Replace your pillows?

Dust mites accumulate in pillows and can cause allergic reactions that can lead to snoring. Allowing pets to sleep on the bed causes you to breathe in animal dander, another common irritant.


Weight gain contributes to snoring as well. So, take a good look at yourself. If you’ve put on a couple of pounds and you’ve started snoring almost every night, then it’s time to lose some pounds.

Overweight individuals are more likely to snore. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone, particularly around the throat, contribute to snoring.

Eating a calorie-controlled, healthful diet and regularly exercising are the best ways to lose weight.


Another natural remedy for snoring …

Beyond Annoying: How To Identify The Sounds Of A Troublesome Snore

When snoring becomes loud and erratic, this can signal a problem, reports NPR.

“A crescendo where the snoring is getting louder and louder,” Voigt explains, is the first sign. The crescendo is typically followed by periods of no sound, and then a gasp that can sound like a snort.

from Sleep Review…

7 Common Causes Of Snoring

Snoring is a big turn off. It can drive anybody nuts. The last thing you need at the end of a busy day is to hear someone snore. That’s not going to get you any sleep at all.

If you’re the one who snores, chances are, you won’t get any sleep as well. Snorers are likely to wake to their own snores.

Snorers with severe sleep apnea often find themselves waking up gasping for air. People with milder cases of sleep apnea may only wake themselves up just a bit, not enough to remember in the morning but enough to severely disrupt the much-needed sleep cycle.


Since snoring can affect anybody’s sleeping pattern, it makes a lot sense to know the common causes of it. Here are 7 common causes of snoring.

Your mouth anatomy could be the cause of your snoring.

Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the back of their throats that may narrow their airways. Likewise, if the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula) is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and vibration increased.


Think twice about drinking that bottle of beer. Alcohol and other medications can induce snoring.

The root cause of snoring is vibration of the tissues while breathing. Some medications as well as alcohol can lead to enhanced relaxation of muscles during sleep. As the muscles of the palate, tongue, neck, and pharynx relax more, the airway collapses more. This leads to a smaller airway and greater tissue vibration. Some medications encourage a deeper level of sleep, which also can worsen snoring.


If your nose is clogged, the natural tendency is to breathe through the mouth. When you sleep with a clogged nose, you’re most likely to snore.

A blocked nose – due to a cold, allergies, polyps or anatomical abnormality – creates the need for greater suction pressures to draw air into the lungs when breathing, which further narrow the airway. Mouth opening often occurs when the

Why is my Baby Taking Such Short Naps?

One of the most common concerns I hear from parents, especially of younger babies, is that their little ones will go down for naps with no fussing or protest, only to wake up half an hour later, clearly still tired, but refusing to go back to sleep.

There’s actually a simple explanation for why this happens, why it’s always around the same time, and some straightforward ways to solve the problem, and I’ll go through the whole works in today’s video.

Rather read than watch? Click here.

NYU School of Medicine Debunks Common Sleep Myths

People often say they can get by on 5 or fewer hours of sleep, that snoring is harmless, and that having a drink helps you to fall asleep.

These are, in fact, among the most widely held myths about sleeping that not only shape poor habits, but may also pose a significant public health threat, according to a new study publishing online in Sleep Health on April 16.

Researchers from NYU School of Medicine reviewed more than 8,000 websites to identify the 20 most common assumptions about sleep. With a team of sleep medicine experts, they ranked them based on whether each could be dispelled as a myth or supported by scientific evidence, and on the harm that the myth could cause.

“Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being,” says study lead investigator, Rebecca Robbins, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health, in a release. “Dispelling myths about sleep promotes healthier sleep habits which, in turn, promote overall better health.”

The claim by some people that they can get by on 5 hours of sleep was among the top myths researchers were able to dispel based on scientific evidence. They say this myth also poses the most serious risk to health from long-term sleep deficits. To avoid the effects of this falsehood and others identified in this study, such as the value of taking naps when you routinely have difficulty sleeping overnight, Robbins and her colleagues suggest creating a consistent sleep schedule and spending more time, at least 7 hours, asleep.

Another common myth relates to snoring. And while Robbins says snoring can be harmless, it can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing starts and stops over the course of the night. The authors encourage patients not to dismiss loud snoring, but rather to see a doctor since this sleep behavior may lead to heart stoppages or other illnesses.

The study authors also found sufficient evidence in published studies that, despite beliefs to