At Long Last: Sleep Training Tools For the Exhausted Parent

Are you tired? Not sure how to help your kid sleep through the night? Here is my comprehensive guide to sleep training tools and methods to help tired parents and kids sleep better. These sleep training methods will work for infants, toddlers, and through school age. 

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So, we’ve covered why fixing your child’s sleep problem is not selfish because it is good for you and for them. I imagine that lots of parents fix their kid’s sleep issues without a lot of difficulty. Then there are the parents who have made it to see me in Sleep Clinic. Generally, these parents have tried and failed to address their child’s sleep problem, for various reasons. Since there is a lot of information to cover, I’m going to break this out into a question and answer format, as I review all of the different effective sleep training methods .

 

What do you mean by sleep training?

When I refer to sleep training, I’m talking about behavioral (non-medication based treatment) of two common problems, sleep onset association disorder and limit setting disorder. Some kids have a mixture of both.

When should

What Makes Good Sleep Music?

A lullaby may have sent you to sleep when you’re a child but it’s probably not been your top trick to getting off to sleep as an adult. However, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Sheffield, published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE it turns out lullabies aren’t just for […]

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from The Sleep Council https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/what-makes-good-sleep-music/…

I Explored the Inside of a Human Nose

A virtual reality simulation from SimforHealth teaches medical students about sleep apnea, reports Business Insider Australia.

Suddenly, a floating robot head appeared, explaining that we would be learning how to identify and treat sleep apnea. It guided me towards the patient’s nose, and before I knew it, I had jumped inside his nostril!

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/11/inside-human-nose-virtual-reality/…

7-year-old Girl Jumps Into Action to Save Baby with Sleep Apnea

Isla Cunliffe from Orford, helped to save 11-month-old Reuben after she alerted adults when he stopped breathing, reports the Warrington Guardian.

Family friend, Reuben, has sleep apnea and stops breathing at least once a day.

He wears a monitor on his nappy which beeps when he stops breathing.

Isla and her mum were watching Reuben while at Alder Root riding school in Winwick, when his monitor went off.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/11/7-year-old-girl-baby-sleep-apnea/…

Nasal Delivery of Weight-Loss Hormone Eases Breathing Problems in Sleeping Mice

Experimenting with mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have added to evidence that a hormone best known for helping regulate hunger and body weight might also ease breathing problems experienced during sleep more effectively when given through the nose.

Although clinical trials using the hormone leptin aren’t yet on the horizon, the investigators say their success delivering it through the test animals’ noses may help them develop easier-to-use therapies for people with sleep-related breathing problems such as sleep apnea.

The findings were published online Oct 12 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Leptin, a hormone made by fat cells that was first identified in 1994, targets the brain’s appetite center, helping to regulate appetite. “Although leptin’s potential for treating obesity and curbing overeating failed to materialize in human trials, its role in the respiratory system has triggered new rounds of therapeutic possibilities,” says Vsevolod Polotsky, MD, PhD, professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and senior author of the study, in a release. His laboratory has been studying the hormone for more than 20 years.

A particular focus of his research is the search for new strategies to treat obstructive sleep apnea, which affects approximately 30% of US adults, Polotsky says. The prevalence increases to 50% among obese populations. People with obesity are also at higher than usual risk of another sleep breathing problem called obesity hypoventilation syndrome,

Unique Holiday Gifts for the Special Women in your Circle

unique holiday giftsWe’re taking a little time-out from our usual topics because it’s almost that time of year! Are you looking for a special gift for your sister, mom, or best friend that goes beyond? If you want to step above a pair of gloves or a plain gift card and really wow her this holiday, we’ve put together a list of our most unique holiday gifts.

The Granola Girl

She’s the friend who is always on-the-move. Smoothly, she transitions from work to workout, to mom, friend, or caregiver — a superhero. She likes to look nice, but she’s environmentally conscious and time-pressed. These gifts speak to her.

BITE Beauty Lip Mask

Hydrating and tinting, the Lip Mask by BITE is perfect for that active woman who still wants to look polished as she sprints from the gym to her desk.

Stainless Steel Straws

2018 has been the year to eliminate plastic. But some drinks are just don’t FEEL right without a straw. Be good to the earth while sipping with these reusable straws.

SmartWool No Show Socks

Bare feet and shoes don’t always get along. These socks are our little secret — all the comfort of high-quality hosiery, hidden within that barefoot look.

AirPods

Is she tired of those aggravating white wires in her winter headwear? AirPods leave her free to move WITH her music instead of AGAINST her headphones. Give her the gift of wireless jams all day.

Ella +

Beyond CPAP: Could Medical Cannabis Treat Sleep Apnea?

Minnesota OK’d sleep apnea as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis. Stakeholders weigh in.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a molecule found in cannabis that is commonly known for its psychoactive properties, could be a viable therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, but research in this area is still in its infancy.

The Minnesota Department of Health approved medical cannabis for the treatment of sleep apnea last year. This means that in August the first sleep apnea patients were able to obtain medical cannabis under state law, though it remains classified as an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic on the federal level. While some providers feel the state’s decision is a step in the right direction, it has ignited a debate among sleep medicine physicians about whether there is enough evidence of the plant’s effectiveness to recommend its use for patient populations.

Not long after the department’s announcement, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) came forward with a statement against the use of medical cannabis for sleep apnea. “We do not have enough data to tell us if it is OK to use it at this point,” says Kannan Ramar, MBBS, MD, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

In a brief, the Minnesota Department of Health cited recent research, including a clinical trial on dronabinol, synthetic THC that has been used for years to prevent nausea in

Get Treated For Sleep Apnea

Most people dismiss sleep apnea as a condition with the annoying habit most older guys are guilty of. There are actually a lot of women who snore too. If you think that technology has done its part in improving human life in general, there is a lot of work still needed for the management of sleep apnea. Most management only focuses on curbing snoring, which is the most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea, but only addressing snoring is a mere palliative treatment. You don’t really get to the bottom of sleep apnea itself.

Sleep apnea is a serious health issue. You shouldn’t just dismiss it and simply associate it with snoring because they are not one and the same. Not all snorers are diagnosed with sleep apnea but most people with sleep apnea snore in their sleep. If you don’t get treated, you may suffer from various complications that would only worsen your health over time. Sleep is essential for good health and if you constantly suffer from poor sleep each night, you will suffer from sleep deprivation and other more deadly conditions like heart attack and stroke.

Treating a common sleep disorder immediately after a stroke or mini-stroke may improve patients’ neurological symptoms and daily functioning, a small study suggests.

At least 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes their airway to close, briefly halting breathing, for a few seconds multiple times during

Get Treated For Sleep Apnea

Most people dismiss sleep apnea as a condition with the annoying habit most older guys are guilty of. There are actually a lot of women who snore too. If you think that technology has done its part in improving human life in general, there is a lot of work still needed for the management of sleep apnea. Most management only focuses on curbing snoring, which is the most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea, but only addressing snoring is a mere palliative treatment. You don’t really get to the bottom of sleep apnea itself.

Sleep apnea is a serious health issue. You shouldn’t just dismiss it and simply associate it with snoring because they are not one and the same. Not all snorers are diagnosed with sleep apnea but most people with sleep apnea snore in their sleep. If you don’t get treated, you may suffer from various complications that would only worsen your health over time. Sleep is essential for good health and if you constantly suffer from poor sleep each night, you will suffer from sleep deprivation and other more deadly conditions like heart attack and stroke.

Treating a common sleep disorder immediately after a stroke or mini-stroke may improve patients’ neurological symptoms and daily functioning, a small study suggests.

At least 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes their airway to close, briefly halting breathing, for a few seconds multiple times during