Snorers, Could CPAP Help Your Sex Life, Too?

Women with sleep apnea might experience a boost in their sex life if they regularly use a CPAP machine, a new study shows, reports Medical Xpress.

Researchers found that women who used the device nightly reported a significant improvement in their sexual satisfaction after a year of treatment.

The same benefit was not seen in men, however.

Still, “this [study] provides further evidence that if patients have problems with their sleep, they should be evaluated by their provider because treatment of their sleep apnea can have tremendous benefit in their lives all around,” said lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Jara, an otolaryngologist with the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/snorers-cpap-sex-life/…

OSA Is Common in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

New research has focused on determining whether obstructive sleep apnea was more prevalent in atrial fibrillation patients than in the general population, reports Bel Marra Health.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops and starts during sleep. The condition has the potential to become highly dangerous, as the lack of oxygen can eventually cause serious cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications.

In this line of thinking, it has been proposed that obstructive sleep apnea may play a role in causing and worsening cardiovascular conditions, including atrial fibrillation or an irregular heartbeat. While this may be the case, obstructive sleep apnea is not a common diagnosis alongside atrial fibrillation, leading some academics to believe that the condition is going unidentified and, therefore, untreated.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/osa-common-atrial-fibrillation-patients/…

Behavioral Treatment Improves Sleep in Veterans

Behavioral insomnia therapy combined with a positive airway pressure adherence program may improve sleep in adults with coexisting obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia, such as veterans, according to findings presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, reports Healio.

“Obstructive sleep apnea is common in older adults and often presents with coexisting insomnia,” Cathy Alessi, MD, professor of geriatric medicine and acting director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and colleagues wrote in an abstract. “Insomnia predicts worse adherence with [obstructive sleep apnea] treatment by positive airway pressure.”

With the goal of improving sleep and positive airway pressure adherence in veterans with both conditions, researchers conducted a 4-year, randomized controlled trial in which they tested a new treatment that combined behavioral insomnia therapy with a positive airway pressure adherence program. Researchers enrolled 125 veterans aged 50 years or older (mean age 63; 96% male; 42% non-Hispanic white) with obstructive sleep apnea and chronic insomnia.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/behavioral-treatment-sleep-veterans/…

Chimps Sleep In Cleaner Beds Than We Do!

Think your bed is cleaner than other species? Then think again! Scientists say that, when it comes to sleeping, humans actually doze in dirtier beds than chimpanzees – yuck, time to give the bedroom a good scrub and stop sleeping in our own filth! The findings showed that human beings sheets and mattresses harboured far […]

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The Sleeplessness Epidemic

With the countless distractions we now face on a daily basis, it is easy to understand why people give up sleep first in order to do more in life. 24 hours each day simply is not just enough anymore for us to pursue what we like to do most. Both young and old are affected, it does not discriminate. Dark under-eye bags are no longer uncommon and people often complain they lack sleep but does not seem to be doing anything about it. It is high time we think of sleep as no longer a luxury but as a necessity that it really is. We sleep for a lot of reasons and that is what nature designed it to be. It is not up to us to decide whether we need it or not because your body will ask for it every day without fail.

It is the only respite you can offer your tired body after a long day at work or at school. At times, there is not much you can do to save yourself and your sanity from the hassles and struggles of daily life apart from allowing yourself to temporarily say goodbye to the world when you close your eyes in slumber. Yet what most of us do? We consciously and willingly give up sleep because the lure of modern living is just irresistible. Smartphone use has bordered to an addiction and it is common knowledge …

Medical Optics Offer Hope for Sleep Apnea

A photonics-based approach offers a promising alternative method for assessing and treating the problems associated with sleep apnea, reports Optics.org.

The team of researchers implemented DCS to study cerebral hemodynamic responses to a head-of-bed position change in a group of patients with OSA with different levels of severity, and compared their cerebral hemodynamics to a control group of healthy subjects.

The device, which uses Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy, measured CBF at a microvascular level, a major improvement compared to TCD that can only measure at a macro-vascular level.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/medical-optics-offer-hope-for-sleep-apnea/…

ProSomnus Names Medical Director

ProSomnus Sleep Technologies has added Edward T. Sall, MD, DDS, MBA as medical director. The sleep physician-dentist will focus on enhancing physician acceptance of oral appliance therapy (OAT) for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

“As a board-certified sleep physician, otolaryngologist, and dentist trained in sleep medicine, I am in a unique position to drive the acceptance of OAT as the most effective treatment for the majority of patients with OSA,” says Sall, in a release. “I am excited to be involved with a company that embraces the best technology, constant innovation with excellent vision, and leadership. My goal as medical director is to increase the acceptance of OAT for ProSomnus, their dentists, and patients.”

Len Liptak, CEO of ProSomnus, says, “ProSomnus oral appliance therapy devices provide comfortable, efficacious, and affordable therapy for the millions of adults with obstructive sleep apnea who prefer an alternative to CPAP. We are honored to add Dr Sall to our team and are eager to work with him on the educational, scientific, and awareness initiatives that will enhance access to better therapy for more people.”

David Kuhns, vice president of technology for ProSomnus, says, “Dr Sall brings a comprehensive perspective to help support research with our customers and partners in perfect alignment with ProSomnus’ commitment to evidence-based expansion of oral appliance therapy. I am thrilled to have him on board.”

Sall obtained a DDS from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He attended

Can Sleeping In At The Weekend Counteract The Harm Of Lack Of Sleep During The Week?

Circulating the media last week was a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research claiming that you might be able to reduce your risk of early death by catching up on sleep at the weekend. The results found that adults under the age of 65 who only got five hours of sleep or less […]

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Can Sleeping In At The Weekend Counteract The Harm Of Lack Of Sleep During The Week?

Circulating the media last week was a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research claiming that you might be able to reduce your risk of early death by catching up on sleep at the weekend. The results found that adults under the age of 65 who only got five hours of sleep or less […]

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