A recent study out of New Zealand suggests that educating parents about sleep prior to the birth of their child, and supporting sleep training during early childhood, can reduce the risk of obesity in childhood. This adds to the literature relating sleep and childhood obesity. Although this is music to my ears, do these results make sense? Let’s dig into it.
My friend Sumathi Reddy sent me a link to a Medscape article entitled, “Amazing’ Reduction in Obesity at Age 5 From Early Sleep Training”. As always, the journal article has a less sexy title: “Sleep, nutrition, and physical activity interventions to prevent obesity in infancy: follow-up of the Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) randomized controlled trial at ages 3.5 and 5 y” (sadly behind a paywall).
This was a large trial which enrolled 802 women in New Zealand who were pregnant with the goal of examining two educational and support programs to see if they would reduce the risk of obesity in children at age five. There were two interventions in the trial which are described in an earlier publication:
- An intervention teaching the mothers about food, activity, and breastfeeding (FAB). Parents in this group received eight extra education and support visits over the first 18 months of life, starting with education prior to birth and including lactation support and physical activity sessions, as well as education about the importance of limiting screen time and
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays with my girls. I have such fond memories of my mom making me costumes, and later making my daughters home made costumes. My kids went out to trick or treat as mermaids, lemons, lions, fairies, and more! I love to sew — a random fact that you probably didn’t know! But one thing that was really important to me as a sleep expert is getting my kids a well-rested Halloween.
One of my least favorite Halloween memories is from when my daughters were babies. That dreaded doorbell would ring, even if I put out candy. Once my girls were old enough to trick or treat, there were still things to take into consideration. Bedtimes, sugar, making sure they were warm enough, whether seeing older kids dressed as monsters would cause trouble sleeping — all were on my mind as I headed out.
It is possible to have both a fun and well-rested Halloween! To make sure that both you and your child enjoy the holiday, here are a few tips:
Halloween is a late night activity — and by late, I mean past 7:00 p.m. — and for small children, it is very exciting. Make sure that your child is napping and getting adequate restorative nighttime sleep in the days and nights leading up to Halloween.
In most of the United States, Halloween is cold, and you’ll …
Sleeping with someone who snores can be stressful as you also lose sleep each night. But the danger is actually twice as bad for the snoring partner because this condition, while it may appear funny and embarrassing to some, is actually a major health risk. Snoring is usually a major symptom of sleep apnea. This sleeping condition causes the person to suffer from constant breathing gaps in their slumber, lasting from several seconds and occur all throughout their sleep. The human brain is essentially choosing between breathing and sleeping in your slumber, meaning you can easily die in your sleep without you knowing.
It is quite common but only a handful get themselves checked for it. Many of these people simply dismiss the snoring thinking it is one of those things you have to accept in life. But how badly mistaken they are. It may not follow that those who snore have sleep apnea but the majority of sleep apnea sufferers snore in their slumber. Having TMJ can actually make it worse! This can go on for years and it significantly puts your health at risk. You are predisposed to other more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke if not treated promptly.
Some 90 million American adults snore, according to sleepfoundation.org, and many could find relief with general health solutions. The Mayo Clinic recommends getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night if you snore, for example,
You’ve bought all the newest “best” gadgets, you’ve been given ample — often unsolicited advice. You have your mommy friends on speed dial. This is all well and good, but sometimes as moms and dads overlook the little things, like safe baby sleep.
In fact, let’s do a quick review of safe sleep for your baby.
1. Back to sleep
You’ve been hearing this for years. No doubt you received literature from the hospital, your obstetrician, the pediatrician, and any other entity that you visited during your pregnancy and those early months. It’s been shown putting your baby on his back to sleep is the safest position, and greatly reduces the risk of SIDS.
2. Make sure your baby’s bed meets current safety guidelines
That Craigslist crib may be beautiful, but it could also be old, missing key pieces, or ready to be replaced. If you don’t know the history of where your baby sleeps, use caution. Check with the manufacturer to make sure that there hasn’t been a recall — remember drop side cribs? If you’re considering a crib that needs to be disassembled, ask for the instructions and count components BEFORE you purchase.
If you do choose to purchase used, be sure to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC to ensure that your new sleep area hasn’t been recalled.
When purchasing a crib or bassinet mattress, make sure to take measurements. The mattress …
Dr Klauer, who chose to limit his practice, TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Northern Indiana, to treating patients with craniofacial pain, TMD, and sleep breathing disorders, is featured on the Upside podcast.
Dr. Klauer is board certified with the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and is also Diplomate Eligible with the American Board of Oralfacial Pain. In addition to treating patients at his practice, Dr. Klauer is a sought after lecturer for dental professionals across the globe. Outside of the office, Dr. Klauer enjoys an active life with his wife and four young children. He is the author of Achieve Your Victory: Solutions for TMD and Sleep Apnea.
Listen to the podcast at advantagefamily.com
from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/10/upside-podcast-dr-daniel-klauer-achieve-victory/…
AirAvant Medical Inc, a newly formed company created from the former partners of InnoMed Technologies Inc, launches the Bongo Rx. Bongo Rx is FDA 510k cleared device for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The Bongo Rx seals in the nose and works by creating back pressure when an OSA sufferer exhales. This is known as expiratory positive airway pressure or EPAP. It doesn’t require a power source or headgear. It is small enough to be carried in a shirt pocket.
“We recognize that people need to have the ability to sleep comfortably and safely, no matter where they are—in a bed, on a train, in a car, or even catching a quick nap in a chair,” says Javier Collazo, vice president of AirAvant Medical, in a release. “Bongo Rx is so small and so easy to use that those suffering from sleep apnea no longer have to worry about bulky, cumbersome equipment or conspicuous masks. This technologically-advanced device allows users to enjoy safe sleep while receiving OSA therapy.”
The Bongo Rx will be exhibiting at Medtrade (new product pavilion booth #1448) from Oct 15-17.
from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/10/airavant-medical-bongo-rx/…