Sleep Apnea Patients Have Chance to Share Their Perspectives with FDA, Device Developers, Researchers Via New Initiative

On June 8, 2018, sleep apnea patients and their family members will share perspectives on what it’s like to live with sleep apnea with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators, drug and medical device developers, and researchers. The AWAKE Sleep Apnea initiative, an education and empowerment endeavor launched by the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), will collect patient and caregiver experiences as they relate to diagnosis, impact on daily life, symptom management, and treatment expectations through an online survey and a meeting with FDA officials on June 8.

ASAA’s chief patient officer, Adam Amdur, says in a release, “Thirty years after I first showed signs of sleep apnea, I finally received a diagnosis and appropriate therapy. That first night of really good sleep was the first time I understood how much strain my body had endured. Now I do all I can to help others avoid that long and risky odyssey and to improve treatment options for all. That’s why we launched AWAKE Sleep Apnea.”

The AWAKE Sleep Apnea campaign will use social and traditional media to enlist patients and caregivers to share their experiences with the end goal of accelerating better treatment and care.

FDA staff will be listening. The June 8, 2018 meeting is part of a larger series designed to help regulators understand what individuals living with certain diseases experience, which symptoms present the most difficulty, which treatment benefits matter most to them, and how

Inspire Medical Commences IPO

Inspire Medical Systems Inc, a medical technology company that makes an implantable therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and minimally invasive solutions for patients with the sleep disorder, has commenced an initial public offering (IPO) of 5,000,000 shares of its common stock. Inspire also expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 750,000 shares of its common stock. The IPO price is expected to be between $14 and $16 per share. All shares of common stock to be sold in the proposed offering will be sold by Inspire. Inspire has been approved to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “INSP.”

BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are serving as joint book-running managers for the proposed offering. Guggenheim Securities, Stifel, and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as co-managers for the proposed offering.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to this offering, when available, may be obtained from BofA Merrill Lynch, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department or via email: dg.prospectus_requests[at]; and from Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, via telephone: 1-866-471-2526, or via email: prospectus-ny[at]

A registration statement on Form S-1 relating to these securities has been

Tracking Sleep: Is It Good Or Bad For Health?

Tracking Sleep: Is It Good Or Bad For Health?  With a plethora of gadgets and apps on the market, it has become a popular trend to track and analyse sleep. And while it is great to see people becoming more aware of sleep, and their own sleeping habits, in some cases it’s causing unnecessary worry and concern.

Recent research shows that tracking your sleep could be doing more harm than good. There is even a brand new name for it: orthosomnia.

Orthosomnia describes people who obsess over the results of their sleep and fitness trackers. Unfortunately unlike eating five portions of fruit and veg or exercising daily, you can’t MAKE yourself sleep for eight hours. And if people start putting pressure on themselves to sleep better, the likelihood is they won’t.

Stress and anxiety are the main culprits in why we don’t sleep well and tracking sleep can create unnecessary anxiety in the bedroom environment. Anxiety produces alert hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that will keep you awake. Plus having ‘tech’ in the bedroom goes against our general sleep advice of removing electronic devices from the bedroom and switching off screens an hour before bedtime.

Sleep trackers aren’t necessarily bad. They can be a useful tool for looking at your general sleep patterns and can be an incentive to improve sleep habits. However it’s important to remember that the data they provide isn’t always accurate – there’s a danger some people are putting too much trust in them. The …

18 Month Sleep Regression: How to Get Your Toddler Back to Sleep

18 month sleep regressionYou were sleeping peacefully…and then you hear your toddler. He’s not just rustling around resettling. He’s screaming mad. Literally. As you drag yourself out of bed, you wonder to yourself what’s wrong? What could be causing your toddler sleep problems? Could this be two-year molars? An ear infection? Is he gassy from eating too much broccoli at dinner? Is his newfound walking (or running!) causing this? Or is it the 18 month sleep regression?

It could truly be any of the above. But it could also be yet another sleep regression. If you’ve survived this long without experiencing the four month or pre-toddler sleep regression, you’re lucky.

What is Sleep Regression?

If you have dealt with a sleep regression before, you may remember these signs:

  • Resistance to Sleep
  • Waking at night
  • Reduced naps (or “disaster naps”)
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in behavior

Sound familiar? Maybe you didn’t notice the signs this time, or you breezed through that last growth spurt. But this? This is something different altogether.

If you recall, a sleep regression is a period when your baby, who was sleeping through the night, suddenly stops. It is a temporary change, normally lasting anywhere from two to six weeks. Most of the time, your baby will begin to sleep through the night again once the cause of the sleep regression has stabilized.

How Many Hours of Sleep Should an 18-Month-Old Get?

At 18 months, a child should be …

Sleep Tips For New Mums

Sleep Tips For New Mums  Welcoming a new baby into the world is amazing and we were delighted here at The Sleep Council to hear the news of the arrival of the latest Baby Royal.

Ask any new mum want they want – and that includes the Duchess of Cambridge –the answer will be a good night’s sleep. Fragmented sleep for weeks, if not months, following the birth of a baby can leave new mums overwhelmed with tiredness and feeling bad tempered, tearful, forgetful and depressed.

Whether you’re a first time mum or on your second, third or even fourth child, sleep deprivation is the hardest to deal with. And if you’re on baby number two, three or four, you’re probably surviving on less sleep than ever before and no longer able to snooze when your baby snoozes!

Here are some top tips that new mums can use when they’re sleep deprived to stay awake and alert through the day:

• Sleep when the baby sleeps. A 20 minute power nap can give you as much energy as two cups of strong coffee, but the effects are longer lasting. Twenty minutes is sufficient to turn off the nervous system and recharge the whole body.

• Step outside. Get some fresh air by going for a brisk walk with the pram. It will make you more alert and is a good distraction.

• Listen to music. Perk yourself up by listening to music. Music triggers emotional …

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors May Improve OSA in Depression With and Without Epilepsy

A study of adults with obstructive sleep apnea and depression demonstrates a link between the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors and reduced severity of OSA in subjects with and without epilepsy, reports Neurology Advisor.

However, those with epilepsy displayed a more significant correlation between SRI use and reduced severity of OSA. This research was presented at the 70th annual American Academy of Neurology meeting, held April 21-27, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

The retrospective study included 125 subjects: 57 had epilepsy; 68 did not have epilepsy; 45 received treatment with SRIs; and 80 received no SRI treatment. The study’s primary goal was to measure the severity of OSA in relation to SRI administration, with secondary goals of measuring severity of OSA during REM [rapid eye movement] sleep and oxygen saturation nadir. After adjustment, a positive correlation between reduced OSA severity and the use of SRIs was found for the whole subject group (P =.033).

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Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Associated with Other Health Conditions?

Researchers in Norway evaluated the association between obstructive sleep apnea and other health conditions such as hypertension, COPD, diabetes and obesity, reports Medical News Bulletin.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by brief interruptions or pauses in breathing during sleep. One common cause of the obstruction is the relaxation of the muscles during sleep which allows the soft tissue in the airway to collapse. While many people may experience brief episodes of OSA at some point in their lives, only about 15% of sufferers are afflicted with severe OSA.

Since individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are rarely aware of these interruptions, they may suffer from OSA for years without a diagnosis. Daytime drowsiness and fatigue are often attributed to other factors. As a result, the overall effect of obstructive sleep apnea on the body over time is not well understood.

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Win! A Snoreeze Product For National Stop Snoring Week

Win! A Snoreeze Product For National Stop Snoring Week  With research suggesting that around 30% of people aged 30 and above are snorers, and one in three couples report disharmony in their relationship because of sleepless nights, it’s fair to say snoring can have a huge impact – especially on sleep.

It can affect anyone at any time in their lives but it’s not just an annoying habit. It can be damaging to your health and a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a condition where a person can stop breathing in their sleep hundreds of times a night. And it’s estimated that OSA occurs in as much as 20-40% of the adult population that are snorers.

Marking the start of National Stop Snoring Week – a campaign that hopes to raise awareness of the problems snoring can bring – we’ve teamed up with Snoreeze to offer some advice and tips.

Snoreeze has kindly agreed to offer three people the chance to win one of its products – whether that’s a throat spray, nasal strips or spray or a Snoreeze oral device – prize is worth £10-£40.

To enter all you have to do is follow/like The Sleep Council on Twitter or Facebook, RT/share the post and comment with your ‘snoring’ question. Snoreeze will randomly draw three questions to answer and those people will win a snoring product based on their/their partner’s needs.

Why do we snore?
When we sleep, our airway …

Gadgets To Help You Sleep Better

Most of us are guilty of doing this: sacrificing sleep in order to pursue many of the things we want in life. Sleep can be the first on our list of what we can afford to lose because we have an unending and insatiable desire to do more each day. Back then, sleep wasn’t a big of an issue as we don’t have anything sensible to do once nighttime falls. However, it is an entirely different story today. Day or night, you won’t run out of things to do and the list will likely just get longer as the years go by. But has it ever occurred to you that you can use technology to your advantage? After all, “if you can’t beat them, join them” can’t be any truer. When used right, technology can help you get back on lost sleep and not the other way around. This site can help with that.

There are newer advancements today that are geared toward promoting sleep health. These innovative sleep technologies are designed to help you sleep like a baby once more and not pose as distractions like what most technologies we are more familiar with nowadays. If you really do have sleep issues, you better start doing your research on the available products on the market that screams high-tech from a distance but are actually life-savers, or rather, sleep-savers.

Sleep, scent, and sound all do affect sleep, and such

Managing Sleep Apnea with Better Choices for Patients-Market Q&A

HomeCare Magazine interviews experts from ResMed, Philips, Compass Health, and 3B Medical.

Why should PAP devices be attractive to HME providers?
 For every 100 U.S. adults, 26 have sleep apnea, but only four are diagnosed. The other 22 represent a critical opportunity for HMEs to help diagnose and treat millions of patients to improve their quality of life, reduce the impact of chronic disease, and save health care costs.

from Sleep Review…