New ATS Guideline: Obese Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Should Have Weight Regularly Assessed and Weight Loss Strategies Incorporated Into Treatment

A new guideline focused on the role of weight management in treating adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been published online by the American Thoracic Society in the Sept 15 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Being overweight or obese is a strong risk factor for OSA, and weight loss can often reduce the severity of OSA.

“This guideline expands the content of previous clinical practice guidelines addressing the care of OSA patients who are overweight or obese by offering specific recommendations for weight loss and discussing the evidence for each recommendation,” says David W. Hudgel, MD, panel chair and a specialist and investigator in sleep-disordered breathing, in a release. “In addition to these scientifically derived recommendations, the guideline reviews and discusses successful methods for practitioners to discuss weight issues and ways to interact with patients who are overweight or obese.”

The 20-member guideline panel—which included sleep, pulmonary, weight management, and behavioral experts, as well as three patients—reviewed scores of studies and rated the strength of study findings, along with the certainty of the panel’s recommendations, using the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation) system.

For patients with OSA who are overweight or obese (body mass index [BMI] greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2 ) the panel:

  • Recommended participation in a comprehensive lifestyle intervention program that includes a reduced calorie diet, exercise/increased physical activity and behavioral counseling (strong recommendation, very low certainty in

ResMed AirFit F30 Full Face CPAP Mask

ResMed revealed its newest full face CPAP mask, AirFit F30, which adds to its AirFit mask portfolio, which is designed to help users reduce facial marks, wear glasses in bed, and curl up closer to their bed partner, according to the company.

AirFit F30’s sits below the nasal bridge, preventing top-of-the-nose red marks and irritation. ResMed states that this also means it can reduce feelings of claustrophobia for some full face wearers.

AirFit F30 also features ResMed’s latest QuietAir vent, so it’s quieter than ambient noise in the bedroom. It features magnetic clips to make the mask easier to put on and take off as well as a one-size-fits-all headgear.


In a ResMed Clinical Study of 21 Australian patients comparing ResMed AirFit F30 and Phillips Respironics Amara View conducted April-May 2018, 80% of users said AirFit F30 was easier to use. In a ResMed Fitting Study of 75 US patients comparing ResMed AirFit F30 and Phillips Respironics Amara View conducted April-May 2018, 66% of users said AirFit F30 had a more stable fit and better seal. With regard to noise, AirFit F30 is 21 dBA.

With just two cushion sizes and one headgear, AirFit F30 fit 93% of users in a 75-patient ResMed study.

“AirFit F30 is a win-win for sleep apnea patients and HMEs, and the perfect addition to ResMed’s portfolio of CPAP masks,” says Jim Hollingshead, president of ResMed’s Sleep business, in a release. “It provides an

Sleep Beautifully This Sleeptember And WIN A Candle Lit Bath From Kiss The Moon

Bye, bye summer, hello September. That means many of us are stepping back in to our usual routines as the kids head back to school and work returns to normal. It can be hard to get back in the groove, especially if you’ve been enjoying later than usual bedtimes and morning lie ins. Our annual […]

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How Much Sleep Does My Child Need?

As the new school term started at the beginning of September, and children’s sleep starts to settle into a more regular pattern again, we thought it might helpful to make parents aware of how much sleep their child needs and what time they potentially should go to bed. It’s important to note that the hours […]

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Sleep Tight With Good Pillows

Sleep has become more of a luxury as the days pass by. It is quite common now to keep on losing sleep each night or sleep at different hours of the day, not necessarily at night. Modern life has tweaked our sleeping habits a lot and it is taking its toll on our body. It is seldom for the average adult to sleep well through the night because there is a myriad of distractions asking for your attention. Smartphones and other smart gadgets are too addicting since you can do a lot of things with it that you end up wide awake until the wee hours of the morning without feeling sleepy at all.

Not getting enough sleep is doing our body a lot of harm than you can ever think of. It affects you physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. People who always lose sleep or don’t get to sleep at night loses focus, easily get into accidents, perform poorly at school or at work, irritable and moody, and may be suffering from many other health conditions that are predisposed by sleep deprivation.

The body is like a machine that needs all its parts working together in order to function efficiently. Similar to the way gadgets are recharged, the body needs sleep to help it keep on going day and night.

Regular poor sleep increases your risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

You’re also more likely to develop depression and

Great Products to Help Baby Sleep at Naptime

products to help baby sleepTalk to any new parent, and the topic of sleep is bound to come up. Milestones like “sleeping through the night,” are big goals. Consistent bedtime and naptime routines are essential — good naps lead to better sleep at night. There are also plenty of great products to help baby sleep.

So, how do you get your nap game up to speed?

Babies don’t really develop a consistent nap schedule until about twelve weeks. That’s when the morning nap starts to take shape, and the rest of the daytime sleep follows.

At around six months, and when your nighttime sleep routine is established, you can use The Sleep Lady Shuffle for naps much the same way you did at night.

Finally, your toddler will transition from two naps to one between 15 and 18 months.

Naps are often the last piece of the puzzle and can take longer to develop. With some patience and consistency, and a few great sleep products, your child can become a champion napper.

What Are Some Products to Help Baby Sleep at Naptime?

Love to Dream Swaddles

products to help sleepWhen you place your baby to sleep on their back, their natural position is for their arms to go up. The Love to Dream Swaddle UP Original features a patented design that allows you to swaddle your baby with their arms up in this more natural position. The medical reason behind baby’s desire to have access to their

Prostate Problems Linked with Sleep Disorders and Depression

Men who suffer from urological problems such as erectile dysfunction, urinary tract and bladder problems, or infertility issues often also suffer from depression and sleep disorders. Physicians should therefore be aware of these risks so that they can refer their patients to relevant specialists and provide comprehensive and timely care of male patients. This is according to Arman Walia, MD, of the University of California Irvine in the US, in a study in the Springer Nature-branded IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal.

As part of the study, 124 patients visiting a Men’s Health clinic in the US completed three urological questionnaires. These asked whether they had prostate issues or suffered from erectile disfunction, and whether these were age-related. They also filled in four other questionnaires about their general health and sleeping habits, including whether they suffered from insomnia, sleepiness, or sleep apnea. Walia and his team evaluated these questionnaires together with information about the participants’ medical history and specific laboratory test results. The men involved in the study were on average 54 years old.

Overall, the study identified associations between urologic disease and sleep and mood complaints in patients presenting to a men’s health clinic. Depression, insomnia, and sleep apnea were commonplace and were particularly prevalent in older patients, those who were overweight or suffered from lower urinary tract symptoms. These problems were also common among patients who had hypogonadism which is where the body does not produce enough of