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Snoring Warning Sign For Higher Stroke Risk - Sleep Apnea More Than Doubles Risk for Ischemic Stroke - Spanish Study Determines Risk Factor

Snoring Warning Sign For Higher Stroke Risk - Sleep Apnea More Than Doubles Risk for Ischemic Stroke - Spanish Study Determines Risk Factor

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Researchers in Spain say that snoring is a symptom of Sleep Apnea and can be a warning sign for patients at a higher risk for ischemic stroke (blockage preventing blood from reaching a portion of the brain).  This study involved 394 elderly participants between 70 and 100 years of age. 

All the participants lived in Vitoria, a small town in northern Spain. The researchers measured their height, weight, body mass index, neck circumference and medications for hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol.  All of the patients were then given a sleep study.  The sleep studies were used to determine who had sleep apnea and who did not.

Sleep apnea is a condition where sleepers stop breathing during the night.  The vast majority of people with the condition do not realize they have it because it occurs when they are asleep.  The more common form of apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  This is characterized by a pause in breathing due to a relaxation and narrowing of the throat.  Snoring and wheezing are symptoms of OSA.  Complete Article

Dream Deprivation Linked to Major Health Concerns

Dream Deprivation Linked to Major Health Concerns

Dreams

Tucson, Arizona - June 15, 2006 - Despite growing awareness of the health risks associated with sleep loss, we remain in the dark about the significant extent and consequences of dream loss. Mounting evidence suggests that dreaming or REM sleep is suppressed by common aspects of modern lifestyle. Many widely used medications—especially antidepressants and sleeping pills, as well as evening alcohol consumption constrain normal dreaming. And now, new findings are establishing a clear connection between the loss of dreaming and serious illness.

Dr. Rubin Naiman, clinical assistant professor of medicine and the sleep specialist for Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, stresses this concern in his new book, HEALING NIGHT:  The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening (Syren Book Company). Naiman believes that we are in deep and dangerous denial about the extent, causes, and consequences of dream deprivation.  Complete Article


Brain Injury May Be Reversed With Common Sleeping Pill - Ambien Has Helped Some Patients Regain Use of Some Functions - Reverse Damage

Brain Injury May Be Reversed With Common Sleeping Pill - Ambien Has Helped Some Patients Regain Use of Some Functions - Reverse Damage

Ambien

Remarkable research shows that the common sleeping pill Ambien may help patients with brain damage recover the use of some of their brain.  Although the awakening side effect is rare, doctors say that some patients may benefit.

ABC News reporter, Mike Von Fremd, interviewed a doctor that has been studying the prescription sleeping pills.  Dr. Ralf Clauss speculates that while brain injury may cause some parts of the brain to remain dormant, sometimes the drug may temporarily reverse this change.

The news segment involved a young man, George Melendez, who had a passion for baseball, but was involved in a traffic accident leaving his brain damaged.  The injury was serious enough that he was unable to talk or take care of himself.  Complete Article


Sleep Apnea Treatment Lowers High Blood Pressure - Link Between Heart Disease Found in Half of Patients - Combined Therapies Best

Sleep Apnea Treatment Lowers High Blood Pressure - Link Between Heart Disease Found in Half of Patients - Combined Therapies Best

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There is a link between sleep apnea and heart disease.  It has been recommended that people with heart disease get tested for sleep apnea and combine treatments if it is discovered that they have the sleeping disorder.  In a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22nd, researchers will present evidence that using a Constant Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine can “significantly” reduce blood pressure. 

Dr. Daniel Norman says “Sleep apnea can have significant consequences on a person's physical health, and this study shows once again that treatment may lessen those risks."  Norman is lead researcher and Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

Sleep apnea is a condition where sleepers continually awaken during the night because the upper airway narrows, or collapses during sleep.  Since it occurs during sleep, people are unaware it is happening. Sleep Apnea Treatment Lowers High Blood Pressure - Link Between Heart Disease Found in Half of Patients - Combined Therapies Best


Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain - Women Who Slept More Less Likely To Become Obese or Fat - Study Hormone and Appetite Possible Cause

Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain - Women Who Slept More Less Likely To Become Obese or Fat - Study Hormone and Appetite Possible Cause

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Scientists discovered that women who slept 5 hours or less per night weighed more than those who slept 7 hour.  The women who slept 5 hours or les weighed 5.4 pounds more at the beginning of the study than those who slept 7.  Making matters worse, the women gained an additional 1.6 pounds more over the next 10 years.

Lead researcher Sanjay Patel, M.D said “That may not sound like much, but it is an average amount--some women gained much more than that, and even a small difference in weight can increase a person's risk of health problems such as diabetes and hypertension."  Patel is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain - Women Who Slept More Less Likely To Become Obese or Fat - Study Hormone and Appetite Possible Cause


Melatonin Sleeping Pills Effective For Jet Lag – Sleep Aid Taken Orally 30 Minutes Before Episode Helps Insomnia and Sleep Efficiency

Melatonin Sleeping Pills Effective For Jet Lag – Sleep Aid Taken Orally 30 Minutes Before Episode Helps Insomnia and Sleep Efficiency

Melatonin Pills

Researchers in the US have found that the sleep-aid melatonin, taken orally during non-typical sleep times, significantly improves an individual's ability to sleep.  Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally by the body at night or in darkness which helps the brain determine day and night.  This helps regulate the circadian timing. 

Exposing the eye to light will inhibit the hormone.  Previous research on the subject has been mixed, according to researchers.  The new study, conducted at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, involved 36 participants (21 men and 15 women), between the ages of 18 and 30 with no significant past or current medical disorders, sleep disorders, or psychological disorders.  Melatonin Sleeping Pills Effective For Jet Lag – Sleep Aid Taken Orally 30 Minutes Before Episode Helps Insomnia and Sleep Efficiency


Stroke Prevention - Recommendations by the American Stroke Association to lower the Risk of having a Stroke

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Preventative treatments to avoid a stroke have been recommended by the American Stroke Association.  The report of guideline recommendations were published in the rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"Stroke remains a major public health problem. Its human and economic toll is staggering," said Larry B. Goldstein, M.D. who is lead author of the report and chair of the association's Stroke Council.  Stroke Prevention - Recommendations by the American Stroke Association to lower the Risk of having a Stroke


Weight Loss - Lack of Sleep Link - Hormone Imbalance Due to Deprivation - Good Morning America Program Suggests Diet May Not Be Enough

Weight Loss - Lack of Sleep Link - Hormone Imbalance Due to Deprivation - Good Morning America Program Suggests Diet May Not Be Enough

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One reason people have a hard time losing weight could be because they don’t get enough sleep.  According to Dr. Eve Van Cauter, of the University of Chicago, sleep deprivation reduced the production of the growth hormone that helps control the body's proportion of muscle to fat.

The ABC News Program Good Morning America (GMA) ran a story that supports the idea that lack of sleep can cause weight gain.  Medical contributor, Dr. David Katz spotlighted a study that indicates that sleeping fewer than eight hours a night boosts our levels of ghrelin, a hormone that makes us feel hungry, while suppressing another hormone, leptin, that makes us feel full.  Katz said that "There's convincing evidence that a good night's sleep really can pay dividends in terms of weight control."

The report said that “experts are starting to see a critical link”.  Since Americans are sleeping less than ever we have become bigger than ever.  It is estimated that 63 percent of American adults do not get eight hours of sleep a night, and 65 percent are overweight or obese.  Weight Loss - Lack of Sleep Link - Hormone Imbalance Due to Deprivation - Good Morning America Program Suggests Diet May Not Be Enough


Sleep Apnea - Pillar Procedure offers Surgical Approach to treat Sleep Disorder

Sleep Apnea - Pillar Procedure offers Surgical Approach to treat Sleep Disorder

Restore Medical's Pillar Procedure

People affected with sleep apnea may consider the pillar procedure to prevent the obstructive breathing problem when sleeping.  Currently the common treatment is the use of a CPAP machine that continually blows air into the person while they sleep.

The CPAP machine is not always tolerated by every person and the pillar procedure may offer another approach to treating an obstructive breathing sleep disorder.  If a person has a blockage caused by the soft palate tissue in the mouth they may be able to get the pillar procedure.  The pillar procedure by Restore Medical consists of three tiny inserts that go into the soft palate.  Sleep Apnea - Pillar Procedure offers Surgical Approach to treat Sleep Disorder


Sleep Apnea and Allergies – Children that Snore often have Parents that Snore

Sleep Apnea and Allergies – Children that Snore often have Parents that Snore

Sleeping Baby

Children are at a three times higher risk for snoring if one of their parents snores.  Researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center also found that children that test positive for allergies are two times more often snore while sleeping.  The study was first published in the April issue of the journal called CHEST. 

"We found that snoring was associated with presence of allergic sensitization (a condition called atopy)," according to Maninder Kalra, M.D., a physician and researcher in pulmonary medicine at Cincinnati Children's and who is also a corresponding author of this study.  Sleep Apnea and Allergies – Children that Snore often have Parents that Snore


Are Sleep Disorders a Real Problem?  Researchers Recommend Public Health Campaign - Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated with CPAP Machines

Are Sleep Disorders a Real Problem?  Researchers Recommend Public Health Campaign - Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated with CPAP Machines

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According to the Institute of Medicine, sleep related problems are costing the nation hundreds of billions of dollars per year in medical expenses, lost productivity, accidents and other costs. "Although sleep research and care for individuals with sleep disorders have expanded over the past several years, we currently don't have the capacity to adequately diagnose and treat all who suffer from these problems," said Harvey Colten, who chaired the committee that wrote the report.

Colten is right, most people affected by sleep disorders are not sure what the problem is and how to treat it.  More than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic sleep disorder.  People may experience daytime sleepiness or an inability to fall asleep.  Some people wake up midway through their night and are unable to fall asleep again. 

According to Colten, most people that suffer from a sleep disorder are undiagnosed and untreated.  A common sleep problem, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is only diagnosed in about 25% of the 6 million people who suffer from the sever form of the disease.  Are Sleep Disorders a Real Problem?  Researchers Recommend Public Health Campaign - Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated with CPAP Machines


Middle Aged People That Sleep Less Have Higher Blood Pressure - Lack of Sleep Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension - Lack of Sleep

Middle Aged People That Sleep Little Have Higher Blood Pressure - Lack of Sleep Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension

Sleep is Important

Researchers believe that lack of sleep increases the risk for developing high blood pressure. Study participants who slept five or fewer hours per night per night were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) after taking into account other risk factors including obesity, diabetes, physical activity, salt and alcohol consumption, smoking, depression, age, education, gender, and ethnicity.

Sleep is important because it allows the heart to slow down, thus lowering the blood pressure.  James E. Gangwisch, PhD said “However, people who sleep for only short durations raise their average 24-hour blood pressure and heart rate. This may set up the cardiovascular system to operate at an elevated pressure."  Gangwisch, is lead author of the study and post-doctoral fellow in the psychiatric epidemiology training (PET) program at the Mailman School.  Middle Aged People That Sleep Less Have Higher Blood Pressure - Lack of Sleep Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension - Lack of Sleep


Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Tonsils

It appears that there may be a link between sleep apnea and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but further research is needed to determine a causal relationship. Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that about half of the children with ADHD who underwent a tonsillectomy no longer met the criteria for ADHD one year later.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the throat relaxes during sleep causing the sleeper to stop breathing.  The vast majority of people with this condition don’t realize they have it because it occurs when they are sleeping. OSA has been linked to hypertension, stroke and heart attack in adults.

According to the researchers, “On the whole, the 78 children who had their tonsils out were much more likely than a comparison group of 27 children to have had behavior and sleep problems at the start of the study. But by the end of the study, tests showed little difference between the two groups.”  Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Sleep Apnea – CPAP Treatment helps Improve Heart Function

Sleep Apnea – CPAP Treatment helps Improve Heart Function

Respironics ComfortCurve Mask

A recent study being published in the upcoming April 4th issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea had improvements with the heart’s ability to pump blood when they used a CPAP machine during sleep.  Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea have enlarged and thickened heart abnormalities which reduce the amount of blood it can pump.

"Not only are the shape and size of the heart affected, the right side of the heart was dilated and the heart muscle on the left side was thicker in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, but the pump function was also reduced. The changes were directly related to the severity of the problem. Treating the problem brought significant improvements in the affected parameters, as well as in symptoms, in a relatively short period of time of six months," said Bharati Shivalkar, M.D., Ph.D. who is from the University Hospital Antwerp located in Antwerp, Belgium.  Sleep Apnea – CPAP Treatment helps Improve Heart Function


Diabetes Type 2 – Sleep Duration can increase risk for developing Adult Diabetes – Is Sleep Apnea the Culprit?

Diabetes Type 2 – Sleep Duration can increase risk for developing Adult Diabetes – Is Sleep Apnea the Culprit?

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A recent study of 1,709 men from ages 40 – 70 years of age were found that those that were not getting enough sleep or were getting to much sleep had an increased risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.  The optimal sleep was found to be between 6 – 8 hours of sleep each night.

The study was a joint effort between researchers from the New England Research Institutes and the Yale School of Medicine.  The results were first published in the March issue of Diabetes Care.

The 1,709 men were participants in a 15 year research project called the Massachusetts Male Aging Study.  Researchers made house calls, had survey questionnaires and took blood samples over the 15 years of the study.  Diabetes Type 2 – Sleep Duration can increase risk for developing Adult Diabetes – Is Sleep Apnea the Culprit?


Children with Sleep Apnea have a hard time using the PAP machine

Children with Sleep Apnea have a hard time using the PAP machine

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A recent six month study from John Hopkins Children’s Center along with two other pediatric hospitals found that children with Positive airway pressure (PAP) have a hard time using the equipment on a regular basis.  This research study was first reported in the March issue of Pediatrics.

The PAP mask which allows for air to flow steadily in the air passage way improves the health of obstructive sleep apnea patients.  If the child fails to use the equipment on a regular basis the health benefits are not seen.  Young children also can have breathing problems during sleep that can affect how they behave during the day and at school.  Children with Sleep Apnea have a hard time using the PAP machine


Driving Under the Influence of Ambien - Arrests on the Rise for Drivers Using Sleeping Pills - Alternative Techniques for Treating Insomnia

Driving Under the Influence of Ambien - Arrests on the Rise for Drivers Using Sleeping Pills - Alternative Techniques for Treating Insomnia

Ambien

The popular sleep aid, Ambien, has been showing up with regularity in traffic arrests.  Sometimes drivers later claim that they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel.  Reporters have begun calling these drivers “sleep zombies”

Sometimes the drivers are not drunk, but just sleepy because of sleeping pills.  According to an ABC News Good Morning America special, the drivers don’t have any recollection of getting behind the wheel when they are pulled over. 

Police in some states say that Ambien is one of the top 10 drugs found in impaired motorists.   Timing can be important as well.  One driver took the drug before she left work, so she would be ready for bed when they got home.  Driving Under the Influence of Ambien - Arrests on the Rise for Drivers Using Sleeping Pills - Alternative Techniques for Treating Insomnia 

Insomnia Sufferers May Want to Consider Alternative Techniques Before Taking Common Sleeping Pills - Sleep Disorders are Common

Insomnia Sufferers May Want to Consider Alternative Techniques Before Taking Common Sleeping Pills - Sleep Disorders are Common

Sleeping Pills

Sleep is incredibly important and untreated sleep disorders can lead to daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease of failure.  Insomnia is a very common condition that can rob an individual of their daytime alertness.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that 25 percent of Americans report a problem with sleep and as many as 10 percent of the population have chronic insomnia.  Insomnia is a condition characterized by a difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.  Sufferers may have difficulty falling asleep, or may often wake up during the night having trouble falling back to sleep.  They may also wake up too early in the morning or feel tired upon waking.

The tired feeling upon waking has been called sleep inertia in a recent study and may actually be normal.  Researchers have characterized this sleep inertia as similar to being drunk.  It is not unusual to be groggy for 10 minutes or so after waking, but a tired feeling all day is not normal.  Insomnia Sufferers May Want to Consider Alternative Techniques Before Taking Common Sleeping Pills - Sleep Disorders are Common 


Sleep Sensing Technology could help diagnose Sleep Apnea and Keep Drivers Awake

Sleep Sensing Technology could help diagnose Sleep Apnea and Keep Drivers Awake

Staying awake while driving

Sleep Apnea patients have to go into a lab to conduct a sleep study.  They have to get wires hooked up to them and it is a difficult sometimes to fall asleep and get an accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea.  It is also an expensive test because it is in a lab and can take 1-2 sessions to get a diagnosis. 

This new technology is using sensors in the mattress, pillow, and clothing to make it more comfortable to be diagnosed with apnea.  The researchers have it connected to a wireless network so that the patient would be able to sleep in their own bed and transfer the sleep data with minimal discomfort.  Sleep Sensing Technology could help diagnose Sleep Apnea and Keep Drivers Awake

 


Epworth Sleep Scale May Help Determine Sleep Disorder - Treatments for Sleep Apnea May Save Your Life

Epworth Sleep Scale May Help Determine Sleep Disorder - Treatments for Sleep Apnea May Save Your Life

Drowsy Eyes

There is more to sleep than just getting to bed early.  There are certain conditions that cause sleepiness during the day besides not getting enough sleep.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where the airway narrows as the throat relaxes during sleep. The sleeper is usually unaware of the obstruction because he is asleep, even though he may momentarily awaken to catch his or her breath. 

The NBC show Today asked the question “Do you easily doze off while watching TV?”  Answers to some simple questions that can help determine if you have sleep apnea or other sleep disorder. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale can help you decide whether to visit a sleep doctor. 

These sleep doctors typically are cardio-pulmonary specialists that offer sleep studies.  Ask your doctor for a referral or for a recommendation to a specialist.  Sleep apnea has been associated with heart disease, stroke and early morning spikes in blood pressure.  Epworth Sleep Scale May Help Determine Sleep Disorder - Treatments for Sleep Apnea May Save Your Life


Blue Light may Improve Alertness – Journal Sleep study Found that Color of Light Affects Performance

Blue Light may Improve Alertness – Journal Sleep study Found that Color of Light Affects Performance

Blue Light

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School compared the effects of different colored lights on alertness and performance.  They found that people exposed to blue light rated themselves as less sleepy, with a quicker reaction time than those exposed to green light.  They also claimed to have fewer lapses in their attention than the others.

According to the researchers light may improve “people’s health”.  Dr. Steven Lockley, the lead author of the study that appears in this issue of the journal Sleep said “Subjects exposed to blue light were able to sustain a high level of alertness during the night when people usually feel most sleepy, and these results suggest that light may be a powerful countermeasure for the negative effects of fatigue for people who work at night,” according to ABC News.  He is a researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Sleep Medicine.  Blue Light may Improve Alertness – Journal Sleep study Found that Color of Light Affects Performance  


Sleep Disorders and Headaches Connected – Children that suffer Headaches might have Sleep Problems

Sleep Disorders and Headaches Connected – Children that suffer Headaches might have Sleep Problems

Children - headaches and sleep

Many children that suffer from daily chronic headaches also suffer from sleep disturbances, especially a delay in sleep onset. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic believe there may be an association.  The findings will be presented at the 24th Annual Conference on Sleep Disorders in Infancy and Childhood in Rancho Mirage, California.

Kenneth Mack, MD, PhD, pediatric neurologist specializing in headache and the senior study investigator said "What's novel in our study is the finding that a high percentage of patients with headache have sleep disturbance."  One-fifth of the children with episodic headaches also had sleep problems. The children “also have the same sleep disturbances: a delay in sleep onset."  Sleep Disorders and Headaches Connected – Children that suffer Headaches might have Sleep Problems


Heart Failure Patients with Sleep Apnea Benefit by Drug Acetazolamide

Heart Failure Patients with Sleep Apnea Benefit by Drug Acetazolamide

Heart

Researchers have found that heart failure patients with sleep apnea who take a single dose of acetazolamide before going to bed exhibit less sleep apnea, improved blood oxygen levels and fewer daytime symptoms of sleepiness.  Acetazolamide is a mild diuretic and respiratory stimulant.

This is important because many heart failure patients suffer from sleep apnea or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.  Earlier studies have shown a link between the two.  Sleep apnea is a condition where the sleeper stops breathing several times an hour while asleep.

There are two types of sleep apnea; central and obstructive.  Younger patients usually suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) while central sleep apnea (CSA) usually occurs as we age.  Recent research indicates CSA is caused by loss of brain stem cells.  Almost all people with sleep apnea are unaware that they have the condition because it occurs while they are asleep.  Heart Failure Patients with Sleep Apnea Benefit by Drug Acetazolamide


Sleep Study shows sleep more Debilitating than Deprivation – like being drunk

Sleep Study shows sleep more Debilitating than Deprivation – like being drunk

Mysteries of sleep

If you feel groggy in the morning you are not alone.  Researchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder found that sleep causes a loss of cognitive abilities immediately after waking.  Lead author and assistant Professor Kenneth Wright compares the sleep effect to “alcohol intoxication”. 

The Colorado researchers call the grogginess “sleep inertia.”   There were eight men and one woman included in the study, with an average age of 29.  For three weeks they all got 8 hours of nightly sleep at home.  Next participants spent a week of sleep in a sleep lab. 

All of the participants avoided alcohol, medications, nicotine, recreational drugs, and caffeine.  During the days they spent some of their time adding double-digit numbers together.  Sleep Study shows sleep more Debilitating than Deprivation – like being drunk


Should you use health Insurance to Buy Medical Equipment like a CPAP Machine

Should you use health Insurance to Buy Medical Equipment like a CPAP Machine

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My Dad recently got diagnosed with sleep apnea.  This is a condition that many people are unaware that they have because they are asleep when it occurs.  If you are overweight and snore it is a good idea to get tested for it because sleep apnea has been shown to lead to strokes, high blood pressure and other ailments. The treatment is a sure-fire way to stop snoring. 

My father attended a sleep study and the doctor prescribed him a CPAP machine for treatment of his sleep apnea.  The prescription was sent to a medical supply outlet similar to Apria.  These companies are good at filing the claims and going through the rigermarole in getting you your medical device or equipment. 

But is it always best to go through an insurance provider to get your equipment?  Not necessarily.  Many medical equipment providers benefit by pushing the lowest cost item at the highest price.  Should you use health Insurance to Buy Medical Equipment like a CPAP Machine


CPAP is Better Treatment for OSA than AOP (Atrial Overdrive Pacing)

CPAP is Better Treatment for OSA than AOP (Atrial Overdrive Pacing)

CPAP nasal mask

A comparison has been made between the standard CPAP therapy and a new treatment called AOP.  The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on December 15th.  The new findings indicated that CPAP is still a better therapy than AOP for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

Two years ago French physicians said AOP (atrial overdrive pacing) had produced significant improvement with some people with OSA.  The new research compared results of 16 patients and found AOP had no significant effect. 

All 16 people in the Greek trial already had a pacemaker.  The pacemakers were programmed to produce 15 beats more per minute than normal in half the group.  The other half kept the pacemaker programmed to the normal beats per minute, but used CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) therapy.  After one month the groups switched therapies.   CPAP is Better Treatment for OSA than AOP (Atrial Overdrive Pacing)


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Stroke Study Flaws with Regard to CPAP

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Stroke Study Flaws with Regard to CPAP

CPAP machine

Previous studies have indicated the CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has benefited patients with heart failure, high blood pressure and more.  It is  proven treatment for OSA.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concerning sleep apnea is not conclusive but makes claims concerning the ineffectiveness of the treatment.  This article will examine the curious claims made by the Yale Study.

The study said “Nonetheless, our study demonstrated an increased risk of stroke or death from any cause among patients with the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome despite the administration of various therapies”.  What do various therapies mean?  Was CPAP lumped in with other therapies?  Obstructive Sleep Apnea Stroke Study Flaws with Regard to CPAP


Sleep Apnea Doubles Stroke Risk - CPAP Treatment Data Inconclusive

Sleep Apnea Doubles Stroke Risk - CPAP Treatment Data Inconclusive

ComfortGel CPAP mask

The November 10th Issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes two articles concerning sleep apnea.  One article investigated the rate of stroke with those with obstructive sleep apnea while the other concerned central sleep apnea. 

The first study was conducted by Yale University School of Medicine found “a new risk factor for the development of stroke”.  They found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea had double the risk for stroke.

People with obstructive sleep apnea rarely realize they have it. OSA is a condition where the sleeper’s upper airway relaxes and closes many times an hour.  It is commonly associated with people that snore.  Sleep Apnea Doubles Stroke Risk - CPAP Treatment Data Inconclusive


New Aura Portable Battery Powered CPAP Machine

New Aura Portable Battery Powered CPAP Machine

Aura CPAP Machine

CPAP machines have come a long way over the years.  New machines are incredibly quiet and compact.  AEIOMed has come out with a new machine that runs off a battery pack.  This means you can take it with you camping or still use it when the power goes out.  It is about time someone came out with such a device.

The new CPAP machine Aura is very compact also.  It sits upright so there is room on the nightstand for clocks and other appliances.  An optional battery pack and battery can be purchased.

The Aura features automatic altitude adjustment and patient adjustable ramp.  The ramp is a great feature because it lowers the pressure of the CPAP initially so it is easier to fall asleep.  Both the ramp and working pressure can be adjusted between 4 and 20 cm H2O.  New Aura Portable Battery Powered CPAP Machine


Sleep Apnea Auto CPAP Machine with C-Flex Comparison

Respironics CPAP machine

Sleep Apnea is a dangerous condition that usually gets worse as we age.  A great treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine and mask while sleeping. Picking the right machine initially may save your life because it is so important to treat the condition.  Many patients give up after a week or two because of various reasons.

One of the primary reasons is the wrong mask.  We discussed and compared CPAP masks in an earlier article.  We will focus on the CPAP machines in this article.  There are various manufacturers and configurations. Sleep Apnea Auto CPAP Machine with C-Flex Comparison


Comparison: How to choose the Correct CPAP APAP Nasal or Full Face Mask

Comparison: How to choose the Correct CPAP APAP Nasal or Full Face Mask

Resmed Activa Nasal Mask

There are basically three types of CPAP masks.  The most popular is the nasal mask that fits exclusively around the nose.  The Full face mask fits around the nose and the mouth, and the new technology incorporates a nasal pillow that actually fits into the nostrils.  Each mask has their benefits and problems.

Many users of the nasal pillow love the seal.  The pillows provide a great seal and the sleeper does not lose that seal when moving from side to side.  For people that sleep on their side, this is great. 

When a mask loses its seal it blows air out the side, waking the sleeper up.  The problem with the nasal pillows is they can irritate the nose.  Many users have resorted to ointments to solve this problem.Comparison: How to choose the Correct CPAP Nasal or Full Face Mask

 


Loss of Brain Stem Cells may cause Central Sleep Apnea

Loss of Brain Stem Cells may cause Central Sleep Apnea Study UCLA CPAP machine

CPAP machine

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) reported Monday that they believe that people who die in their sleep may stop breathing because they have lost too many brain cells.  They tested Rats and determined that the loss of key brain stem cells may halt autonomic functions such as breathing.

As we age we naturally lose these brain stem cells.  According to Jack Feldman, the principle investigator and distinguished professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA "We wanted to reveal the mechanism behind central sleep apnea, which most commonly affects people after age 65."  UCLA Sleep Apnea Research


CPAP may help prevent heart failure

A CPAP machine may lower the risk of death due to heart disease / failure.  The CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) machine has been used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and now a new study indicates it may help reduce the sympathetic nervous system activity in the morning.  There are various manufacturers including , Respironics, GoodKnight and others.

The study was carried out by physicians and researchers in Toronto Canada..  Complete Article.

 
 
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