10 Natural Remedies For Snoring

Let’s talk snoring. Are you sleeping with one who snores? Maybe you’re the one who snores. Either way, you have to do something about it. Here are 10 natural remedies for snoring.

The first thing you should do to stop snoring is to change your sleeping position. It’s advisable to sleep on your side.

Sleeping on your back sometimes causes the tongue to move to the back of the throat, which partly blocks airflow through your throat. Sleeping on your side may be all you need to do to allow air to flow easily and reduce or stop your snoring.


If sleeping on your side is challenging, consider sewing a tennis ball to the back of you pajamas. It will stop you from sleeping on your back. While it sounds quite funny, it’s effective.

If you want to stop your boyfriend or husband from snoring loudly, “put a tennis ball in a pocket tee worn backward, which can help train them to sleep on their side,” Shelby Harris, PhysD, director of behavioral sleep medicine at the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, told Women’s Health


The third natural remedy for snoring is to check your pillows. Make sure they’re clean. It might also be time to replace them.

Allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. When did you last dust the overhead ceiling fan? Replace your pillows?

Dust mites accumulate in

ResMed ReSupply Hopes to Increase Long-term Adherence to PAP Therapy

ResMed has launched an automated resupply solution for all US home medical equipment (HME) providers to increase sleep apnea patients’ long-term therapy adherence and improve patient satisfaction.

Patients enrolled in an automated resupply program are 50% less likely to stop PAP (positive airway pressure) therapy within the first year, according to a 2018 study. ResMed ReSupply goes one step further, automating enrollment as patients meet compliance requirements and letting patients choose their preferred contact method—text, email or live call. Patients can also order supplies through a web- or mobile-based patient portal.

HMEs are able to manage all their patients’ resupply needs from a single comprehensive dashboard, where they can identify, prioritize, and assign tasks.

“The new resupply platform is simple and easy to use—everything you need is at your fingertips,” says Kera Tennyson, a PAP location manager at Advanced Medical Solutions, in Ann Arbor, Mich, in a release. “PAP is a lifelong commitment, so it’s important that we help support our patients’ therapy for the long term. ResMed ReSupply helps us do just that.”

“Automating the resupply process is critical to maximize patients’ success on therapy, as well as HMEs’ business efficiency,” says Raj Sodhi, ResMed’s SaaS president. “With Brightree offering an automated resupply solution for its HME customers, and ResMed now launching one for non-Brightree customers, HMEs using any billing platform can all enjoy the benefits of an easily managed resupply program.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/resmed-resupply/…

As We Age, What Is “Normal” Sleep? Researchers Publish Meta-Analysis as a Reference

Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada, have characterized the structure of normal sleep. The findings of the study “Normal Polysomnography Parameters in Healthy Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” have been published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

“Many of us believe that as we age, we lose sleep,” says Mark Boulos, MD, sleep neurologist at Sunnybrook and the study’s lead author, in a release. “What we discovered is that as people get older, their sleep doesn’t change dramatically.”

Brian Murray, MD, head of neurology at Sunnybrook, conceptualized the study. He says, “One very interesting finding is that the percentage of deep and dreaming sleep remains remarkably constant in healthy people over their lifespan.”

The researchers reviewed data from 169 published sleep studies that collectively examined 5,273 healthy adult participants.

“We looked at various sleep parameters, for example, how long it took a person to fall asleep, and the duration of different stages of sleep,” says Boulos. “Using our study data, we were able to determine the impact of age and sex on the various sleep parameters.”

Researchers analyzed the data to determine normal values for different age groups, which showed only a very slight decrease in sleep as healthy people got older.

Boulos explains that the brain circuitry involved in maintaining sleep may change over time, and some people are not able to stay asleep quite as long because of a change in brain health.

New Evidence Supports Screening Neurology Patients for Sleep Disorders

Cleveland Clinic researchers study links between seizure frequency and insomnia severity.

People with epilepsy are more likely than the general population to have insomnia and sleep apnea. The daytime sleepiness associated with both of these conditions could potentially aggravate the neurological condition, leading to more seizures throughout the day and night, diminishing the quality of life for people who live with this disorder. So why not screen every neurological patient for sleep disorders and treat them accordingly?

This is a question that the Cleveland Clinic’s director of the Sleep Disorders Center Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS, a neurologist and sleep specialist, will likely ask during her presentation at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting in May.

She will be presenting an abstract that she and a team of researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio wrote, looking at a correlation between the number of seizures per month that people with epilepsy experience and their insomnia severity.

It’s important work that provides evidence that perhaps insomnia symptoms can directly impact seizure control in people with epilepsy and, therefore, the next step would be to treat those insomnia symptoms to demonstrate that seizures decline when disordered sleep is remedied, Foldvary-Schaefer says.

In addition to the abstract presentation, Foldvary-Schaefer will also be teaching a course at the AAN meeting titled “Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Neurology Populations: From Lab to Clinic” on neurological disorders and their relationship to obstructive sleep apnea on

Building a Foundation for a Successful Dental Sleep Practice

A Diplomate shares his management, marketing, and networking advice.

There are many models that dentists can follow to integrate dental sleep medicine into their practices. My journey into dental sleep medicine is probably not much different than others, but I hope by sharing some of my experiences, other dentists will be better able obtain the personal and professional achievement that dental sleep medicine can bring.

I have reaped health benefits; I no longer spend the entire day contorting my neck and back doing crowns, implants, and other general dentistry procedures. My staff and my family benefit from the additional revenue the services bring to the practice. And of course, patients receive much-needed treatment for a medical disorder—and the potential to lead more fulfilling lives.

Target Market: Current Patients

An early decision to make is who your target market will be. Will you focus on existing patients? Should you design a social media program that will attract new patients? Or maybe you will decide to develop the model I chose, which is to focus on referral from physicians who diagnose patients with sleep-disordered breathing.

If targeting current patients, raising awareness of your dental sleep medicine expertise can be achieved in many ways.

I’ve learned the hard way that how we present our concerns regarding sleep apnea is important. After all, most patients come to their general dentist for hygiene visits and restorative dentistry. They can

7 Common Causes Of Snoring

Snoring is a big turn off. It can drive anybody nuts. The last thing you need at the end of a busy day is to hear someone snore. That’s not going to get you any sleep at all.

If you’re the one who snores, chances are, you won’t get any sleep as well. Snorers are likely to wake to their own snores.

Snorers with severe sleep apnea often find themselves waking up gasping for air. People with milder cases of sleep apnea may only wake themselves up just a bit, not enough to remember in the morning but enough to severely disrupt the much-needed sleep cycle.


Since snoring can affect anybody’s sleeping pattern, it makes a lot sense to know the common causes of it. Here are 7 common causes of snoring.

Your mouth anatomy could be the cause of your snoring.

Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the back of their throats that may narrow their airways. Likewise, if the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula) is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and vibration increased.


Think twice about drinking that bottle of beer. Alcohol and other medications can induce snoring.

The root cause of snoring is vibration of the tissues while breathing. Some medications as well as alcohol can lead to enhanced relaxation of muscles

Obese Sleep Apnea Patients May Live Longer With CPAP

Obese people with sleep apnea may live longer when they use a CPAP machine to help keep their airways open while they sleep, a recent study suggests.

After following obese patients with sleep apnea for about 11 years, researchers found those who used the nighttime breathing aid were 42 percent less likely than those who didn’t use the devices to die of any cause.

Apnea that isn’t properly treated has been linked with excessive daytime sleepiness, heart attacks, heart failure and an increased risk of premature death.

“In patients with sleep apnea, there is a poor oxygenation of the body during sleep,” said lead study author Dr. Quentin Lisan of the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center in France.

“This has several consequences, including increased risk of cardiovascular diseases,” Lisan said by email. “PAP therapy allows a better oxygenation of the body during sleep, hence lowering the risk of these associated conditions, which in turn might decrease mortality.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/obese-sleep-apnea/…

Canada Research Award Recipients to Learn More About Whether Cannabis Use Helps with Sleep Apnea, Weakens Immune Response, Alters Breathing Tests

With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, a research partnership between The Lung Association – Ontario and Tetra Bio-Pharma has launched to better support patients and healthcare providers with evidence-based information about the impact of cannabis use.At The Lung Association – Ontario’s Breathe! Bash held on March 28, the partnership announced 3 research grant recipients.

The new research investigations are:

  • Jeremy Hirota, PhD, from McMaster University will be determining if smoking cannabis increases the risk of viral respiratory tract infections.
  • Tetyana Kendzerska, MD, PhD, from The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa will be filling the knowledge gap on the effects of recreational cannabis on obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Nicholas Vozoris, BSc, MHSc, from St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, will be examining if smoking cannabis affects breathing tests, and if doctors should be using these tests when seeing patients with lung troubles who smoke cannabis.

“Cannabis is a very polarizing topic, but as scientists we should approach things with data, with experiments to test hypotheses, and then based on the data make an informed decision,” says Jeremy Hirota, assistant professor, McMaster University, in a release.

Kendzerska, associate professor, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa, says, “Despite promising initial findings, there is a need for studies comparing the acute effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) on respiratory disturbances during sleep and daytime alertness in people with obstructive sleep apnea in order to provide initial

Treating Excess of One Hormone Shows Promise for Decreasing the Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A new study finds that treating the overproduction of one hormone may be a way to help a subset of the millions of Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, reports the University of California-San Francisco.

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that treating a condition in the adrenal glands causing an excess of aldosterone, a hormone that maintains electrolyte balance and blood pressure, may be an effective way to help people reduce the risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

UCSF endocrine surgeons Insoo Suh, MD, and Quan-Yang Duh, MD, didn’t set out to study sleep apnea. Suh and Duh specialize in the treatment of primary aldosteronism, a disease in which one or both of the adrenal glands overproduce the hormone aldosterone, and were looking into the question of whether this hormone plays a role in obesity. Obesity is a major factor in obstructive sleep apnea, which meant that many of the surgeons’ patients were living with that condition as well.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/treating-excess-hormone-sleep-apnea/…

What It’s Really Like to Be a 20-Year-Old College Student With Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea doesn’t only affect middle-aged men, reports Health.com.

Prior to being tested, I had never considered or even discussed the possibility of sleep apnea with my doctor. My doctor doubted that I needed a sleep test because I was so young. It was a surprise to me that this had never been looked into as a diagnosis for me, but I guess it is just that uncommonly diagnosed.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/what-its-really-like-to-be-a-20-year-old-college-student-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea/…