An App To Track Snoring

This app is interesting. It’s called the Sleep Cycle and it’s exactly what it is, a sleep tracking app.

Sleep-tracking app Sleep Cycle is bringing a new feature to its Android app to help snoring users track the sleep effects of their rather loud ailment.

(Via: https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/24/sleep-cycle-adds-snore-detection-to-its-sleep-tracking-android-app/)

For obvious reasons, it’s hard to track your sleep yourself. You can’t really rely on your partner to do it. The most that you can get from your partner is a litany of complaints, most especially if you’ve been a snorer for the longest time. Most likely, your partner is already fed up with you. So, don’t expect to get a decent feedback from a partner who has been putting up with you snore for the longest time.

That’s why the Sleep Cycle app is perfect for you.

Sleep Cycle is a great little app that helps you learn about your quality of sleep and helps wake you up at a time where you’re more likely to wake up feeling refreshed than groggy. There are a lot of smart home sleep trackers that do something similar with a linked pillow sensor, but Sleep Cycle just opts to use your phone’s sensors to gather data, which proves similarly robust.

(Via: https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/24/sleep-cycle-adds-snore-detection-to-its-sleep-tracking-android-app/)

If you’re wondering how it works, read on.

Basically it seems the app pairs the sound measurements with the accelerometer data from the phone placed on your bed and determines how closely tied your snoring is to restless movement, rolling that to help determine its “sleep score” metric.

If you don’t actually know if you’re snoring, the app will clue you into that as well with the feature enabled. You’ll be able to see how many minutes you snored, and listen to it as well.

The new feature is available now for the app’s Android version.

(Via: https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/24/sleep-cycle-adds-snore-detection-to-its-sleep-tracking-android-app/)

You can now download Sleep Cycle on Android.

With the Sleep Cycle, you will have a good idea as to how much you snore. You’ll know how long your usual snore is and the best thing is that you can actually listen …

Andrew Varga, MD: How Sleep Apnea Affects Elderly Spatial Orientation

In an interview with MD Magazine, Andrew Varga, MD,  explains the most cognitively-affected OSA patient population, and expanded on the association between sleep apnea and psychiatric conditions.

Varga: This was a group of older people, average age was around 68 years old. One of the really interesting things is that these were people that were recruited from the community and didn’t intrinsically have any sleep complaints. So they were not necessarily complaining that they had  snoring or any other breathing issues with sleep apnea. They were not complaining of any cognitive complaints, were not complaining of any sleepiness.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/05/andrew-varga-md-how-sleep-apnea-affects-elderly-spatial-orientation/…

A Reference for Referrals [Editor’s Message]

What makes a clinician-friendly medical referral form? An engineer publishes tested recommendations to close the communication loop.

You’ve likely heard the advice before: Provide user-friendly consultation order forms to your referring providers. Be sure the referral forms promote the transmittal of clear, complete, and correct data to your sleep or dental sleep practice.

But what exactly makes for a clinician-friendly referral template? Recommendations have been published before, but recently a human factors engineer went a step further. April Savoy, PhD, a research scientist with the VA Center for Health Information and Communication at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and colleagues implemented several recommendations into a scenario-based simulation experiment. They tested a control electronic referral form and their recommendation-incorporating prototyped form with primary care clinicians who were referring patients to a variety of specialists.

Some of the communication problems that Savoy’s team hoped to resolve included unclear goals in referral, specialists rejecting a consultation pending more information, missing details that needed to be provided by the patient, and phone tag between busy professionals. The researchers found that implementing a few recommendations from the referral communication literature significantly improved clinicians’ satisfaction, workload, and efficiency. You could implement several of the successful features immediately into your own referral templates.

Include a checklist of “urgency” options. The prototype form allowed for “routine (30 days),” “stat,” or “specific time,” as well as a free-text field for comments. “Referrers, who are most familiar with their patients’ typical health, are best equipped to gauge urgency, not consultants or schedulers,” the authors note.

Remind referring providers of your expectations at a glance. Include an “About Us” section with a few bullet points, such as “Individuals with sleep irregularities manifested by daytime sleepiness, snoring, witnessed apneas, morning headaches, insomnia, or abnormal nocturnal movements or behaviors would benefit from a sleep evaluation.” Bulleted information on how to avoid cancelled consults is also appreciated. For example, a dental sleep medicine practice may want to include verbiage such as, “Interpreted sleep study results, from a home or in-lab study done in the past 12 months, must

3 Ways to Stop a Toddler Tantrum

You’ll probably never completely avoid the toddler meltdown scenario, (if you do, myself and every other mom on earth wants to know your secret!) but there are ways to keep them as short and civil as possible. Today, I’ve got a few tips for helping to settle your little one when they start to go off the rails.


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Therapy Update: Implanted Neurostimulators for Sleep Apnea

Inspire Medical, Respicardia, LivaNova, and Nyxoah share the latest data on their devices.

FDA APPROVED

Inspire Medical Systems Inc Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation

 

Inspire Stimulator

Information source: Howard Green, vice president of marketing

FDA status: FDA approved in April 2014.

Size: 15 cc

Implant location: Inserted just under the skin of the neck and chest through 3 incisions.

Lead location: The sensing lead is placed in the intercostal muscle area; the stimulation lead is wrapped around the hypoglossal nerve (which controls the muscles and movements of the tongue).

How it works: As a patient sleeps, Inspire senses when they breathe in and delivers mild stimulation nudging the tongue forward, opening the airway. The patient uses a sleep remote to turn Inspire on when they go to sleep and off when they wake up.

Treats: Moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea. AHI between 15 and 65.

Titration: Inspire is turned on about a month after it’s implanted. The patient is given a sleep remote and initial settings are established. The patient uses Inspire at home for 2-3 months and adjusts the amplitude using the remote to find a level that gives them comfortable, restful sleep. After this, the patient has an overnight sleep study where stimulation levels can be adjusted to optimize patient outcomes.

Future titrations: The vast majority of patients find stable settings after one lab titration. Inspire is customizable so any adjustments can be made simply in the physician’s office.

Overall efficacy: A recent peer-reviewed publication on the ADHERE Registry concluded that: median patient AHI was reduced from 34.0 to 7.0 events/hour; quality of life: ESS was reduced from 12 to 7; after 12 months, patients used Inspire 5.7 hours per night; 94% of physicians rated improvement in patients after Inspire implant. Patient-reported response to therapy experience: 94% stating they would undergo Inspire implant again; 96% of patients reported they would recommend Inspire to family and friends; 94% of patients reported they were overall satisfied with Inspire therapy.

Efficacy by demographic: Men and women within the FDA-approved AHI range (15-65) benefit equally from Inspire therapy. The ADHERE registry concluded:

Snoring Kills

This is not an exaggeration. Nor is it a joke. Snoring really kills. It’s not just because it can lead to deadly health conditions. It’s because habitual snoring can be so annoying that it can drive someone insane. Insane enough to kill.

That’s exactly what happened to a woman in Melbourne, Florida. She got so fed up with her snoring partner that she took matters into her own hands. In her desperation to silence her snoring partner, she took a gun and shot him.

A woman shot her live-in boyfriend with a shotgun during an alcohol-fueled argument stemming from his loud snoring, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Lorie Morin, 47, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She remains jailed without bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex.

(Via: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/florida-woman-charged-shooting-boyfriend-shotgun-over-loud-snoring/3157577002/)

The shooting happened in the late evening of March 6. The place of the murder scene was in a rural neighborhood, west of Sharpes Lake. Unfortunately, the police came in a bit too late.

Deputies arrived at the home and found Morin’s boyfriend lying in a pool of blood at the foot of the bed on the master bedroom floor. He had been shot in the right armpit area.

He was transported by medical helicopter to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

(Via: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/florida-woman-charged-shooting-boyfriend-shotgun-over-loud-snoring/3157577002/)

According to Morin, it was an accident. While she and her boyfriend were drinking, she handed him a loaded gun.

Morin told deputies she and her boyfriend had been drinking rum and playing rummy, an arrest affidavit shows. She told deputies that she was handing her boyfriend her loaded 20-gauge shotgun so she could retrieve a heavy box when it accidentally discharged, striking him.

(Via: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/florida-woman-charged-shooting-boyfriend-shotgun-over-loud-snoring/3157577002/)

While in the ICU, the boyfriend told the police a more detailed story. Interestingly, it was quite different from Morin’s.

Thursday morning, deputies met with the man in the hospital’s intensive care wing. In a sworn recorded statement, he said the shooting stemmed from a confrontation over his snoring, the affidavit states. Morin followed him into the bedroom, arguing about

Microfiber Sheets Pros & Cons: A Buyer’s Guide

When you shop for bedding, you’ll find a variety when it comes to weight, color, and design. You’ll also notice many different fabric options. Some of these are quite easy to figure out. Most of us know what cotton, flannel, and silk are. They aren’t as common, but most of us also know where bamboo sheets come from. Now, there’s a relative newcomer. Microfiber bedding is becoming more and more prevalent. What is it exactly? Is it a good bedding option?

What is Microfiber?

Microfiber is fabric made from very thin, synthetic fibers. It is made in laboratories, and woven very tightly into sheets of fabric. Because of this, the material isn’t very absorbent. That gives it a very solid, opaque finish.

The Benefits of Microfiber Sheets And Other Bedding

Microfiber tight weave also makes it quite stain-resistant. The density of the fabric can make it a bit warm for some sleepers in the summer. However, it does a great job of keeping you warm in cold weather.

Like most other man made materials, microfiber bedding is wrinkle resistant. It’s machine washable, and doesn’t require any extra care. You can even wash your microfiber bedding in hot water. That’s a good option if you feel as if hot water is a more sanitary option when it comes to washing your bedding.

The Downsides to Microfiber Bedding

There are a few downsides to consider. First, there are some environmental problems with microfiber. The fibers can break away in the wash and end up in oceans, rivers, and streams. In addition to that, some people with sensitive skin find microfiber to be a bit irritating. It’s not exactly breathable either.

What is The Overall Appeal of Microfiber?

As you might expect, microfiber is popular largely because it’s cheap, and can be produced quickly. It’s attractive customers because it is cheap and durable. It isn’t just used in bedding. You can find it in clothing, especially outerwear. It’s also used in upholstery and draperies.

Are All Polyester Sheets Microfiber?

This is where there can be a bit of confusion. The answer here is …

Snoring And Sleep Apnea In Young Athletes Linked To Heart Problems

Youth is almost completely synonymous with good health. Who would actually think that the young ones are at risk of any kind of  heart problems? Unfortunately, they, too, could face such problems. Such is the case with young athletes.

Young athletes, who snore and suffer from sleep apnea, are at risk of heart problems. This is backed up by a study.

A study of university rugby players has shown that they are more likely to suffer sleep disordered breathing than an average middle-aged man. The study also showed that the athletes who experience this problem are also more likely to have low levels of oxygen in their blood and higher pulse rates during the night, suggesting that athletes with sleep disordered breathing may be at risk of heart abnormalities.

(Via: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190311081942.htm)

These findings aren’t exactly what you would expect from young and vibrant athletes. As a matter of fact, low levels of oxygen in the blood and high pulse rates are the last thing you’d expect from a young athlete at rest. Apparently, those dangerous symptoms are seen  in the alarming rate of young athletes dying from sudden cardiac diseases.

The researchers say this study could indicate that sleep disordered breathing is a factor in the phenomenon of seemingly healthy young athletes dying from a sudden and unexplained heart attack.

(Via: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190311081942.htm)

So, what is a sleep disordered breathing? It must be something serious considering it affects young athletes. If it could affect them, it could possibly affect any young person as well.

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is characterised by abnormal respiratory patterns or pauses in breathing during sleep, ranging from snoring to sleep apnoea, where the airways close completely or partially many times during sleep. Having a high BMI, being over 40 years of age and having a large neck circumference are some of the common factors associated with SDB. If untreated, patients with SDB-related conditions face an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, heart failure and type 2 diabetes.

(Via: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190311081942.htm)

It’s important to note that the study was conducted on …

Top 3 Breathing Exercises To Lessen Stress And Improve Sleep

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Take a long, deep breath in. Now let it out slowly. You may observe a change in how you feel after this small exercise, even if you have tried all forms of meditation techniques and home remedies for detoxing and a liver cleanse diet. Your breath is a mighty tool to reduce worries and make you feel a lot less anxious. A few of the easiest breathing exercises can make a huge difference if you make them a priority and a part of your day to day life.

  • Before you get on track, make sure to these tips in mind:•    Select a location to perform your breathing exercises. It could be in your bed, on your living room floor, or even in a relaxing chair.
  • Do not force it to happen. This can make you feel more tensed than you started out in the first place.
  • Try to perform the breathing exercises at the same time once or twice a day.
  • Always wear clothes you feel the most at ease and relaxed in.

A lot of breathing exercises take just a few minutes. When and if you have more time, you can perform them for 10 minutes or more to get even better health outcomes and benefits.

Not all kinds of breathing exercises are similar, but I personally like the ones that assist the body in relaxing and calm down a chaotic mind, and over thinking stressing cycle. The good thing is that apart from assisting you in unwinding and de-stressing, breathing exercises also make your lungs more strong. You may notice that after you have been performing the practices for quite some time, that your “normal” breathing is more in effect, as well.

Don’t forget, that just similar to any kind of workout, practice makes perfect with breathing exercises and techniques. You may not get them accurate and precise on the first attempt, but as you keep including them into your fitness routine and schedule, you will in due course discover that you can perform them without a lot of exertion or labor.

1. Pursed Lip Breathing

pursed lip breathing

This one …

Microfiber, Cotton, or Linen: Choosing The Ideal Bedding

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Let’s be honest. If you’re struggling with any kind of sleep issue, comfort becomes very important. The better you feel as you sleep, the easier it is to overcome any roadblocks to a good night sleep. The quality of your bedding can play a significant role in the quality of your sleep. Choosing the right linens is very important.

And, you’ve certainly got a lot of choices here. Some certainly aren’t worth considering at all. Polyester blends and satin sheets, for example, are cheap options that just don’t feel very nice. There are also options that are pricey, or just difficult to find. Because of that, this piece will stick with three choices that are all known for quality, comfort, and accessibility. These are linen, cotton, and microfiber. Below, we’ll go over the difference between microfiber vs. cotton, and explore the benefits of linen when compared to other fabrics.

Have you ever wondered about the difference between microfiber vs. egyptian cotton sheets? Do you know the answer to the question, ‘is linen cooler than cotton?’ Keep reading to learn more!

Are Linen Sheets Better Than Cotton? All About Linen

linen beddings

Linen sheets have long been one of the most popular choices when it comes to bedding. In fact, bedding is often simply referred to as ‘linens’. Sheets made of linen are often durable and comfortable, and they come at a reasonable price. When compared to cotton, linen sheets are generally thicker, and more durable. If you select linen sheets with a high thread count that increases significantly. When choosing between linen or cotton sheets, you should also consider that linen sheets stand up amazingly to repeat washings.

Other Benefits of Linen Sheets

Linen sheets are made from flax seeds. These are a plentiful resource, making this an environmentally friendly bedding choice. Linen is also hypoallergenic, breathable, and cooler than many other options. It’s also largely static free. All of these things mean that this is a good choice if you have sensitive skin, allergies, or tend to overheat while you sleep.

Linens: The Downside

Before you go out and purchase …