5 Tips for Better Sleep — Make This the “Year of Sleep” in Your Home

tips for better sleepHappy New Year! It doesn’t have to be January 1st to make changes, but it is “resolution season.” There’s no better time to make some goals for the new year.

While it’s pretty easy to figure out where you want to make a change, sometimes it’s hard to follow through. It’s no secret that goals are easier to achieve when they are specific, written down, and contain some element of accountability.

We’ve started your 2019 off by doing the hard part — we identified five achievable sleep goals for you and your family. Whether it’s getting your toddler to sleep, or establishing some good habits for you, here’s how to make 2019 the “Year of Sleep” in your home.

Soothing Bedtime Routine

Children (and many adults) thrive on routine. To avoid the chaos at bedtime, create a calming bedtime routine. Some example activities include:

Set a Time ­— Once you decide on an age-appropriate bedtime, allow a “wind-down” period. Start at least a half-hour prior, pick up toys, stop any engaging games or excitement, and start to get into “bedtime mode.”

Bath – a warm bath does more than just wash off a sticky baby. Although some parents don’t bathe their little ones every night, science stands behind a warm dip in the tub. By quickly raising body temperature, then allowing it to cool, sleep comes easier and faster because it’s the cooling that makes you sleepy.

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Oral Appliance Maker Signs Deal with Pro Player Health Alliance

Oral appliance maker Vivos Therapeutics has signed a partnership with Pro Player Health Alliance, a provider in the National Football League Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) sleep apnea research program.

The Vivos System consists of multidisciplinary therapeutic protocols and oral appliances that remodel and enhance the airway. Vivos will participate in the NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation’s health and wellness checkup events that along with a full cardiovascular evaluation also focuses on breathing wellness. Events will take place in NFL team cities and at the 2019 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.

“Sleep apnea is a serious and growing health epidemic facing America,” says Edward Loew, SVP of capital markets and strategic initiatives at Vivos, in a release. “Our newly formed partnership with Pro Player Health Alliance will allow us to provide highly effective relief to former NFL players, who are a high-risk segment of the population.”

David Gergen, CEO of Pro Player Health Alliance, says, “Pro Player Health Alliance is pleased to showcase the Vivos System to NFL greats and top-notch dentists around the country.”

Through co-sponsored health and wellness checks, Vivos hopes to play a role in this research program and provide a course of treatment for players that is an alternative to CPAP and mandibular advancement, with the goal of providing a more permanent solution to players’ interrupted sleep episodes and promoting overall wellness.

Andre Collins, executive director of NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation, says, “Normal, unobstructed, breathing is

Ideal Wake, Nap and Sleep Schedules for Babies

This week’s video blog is from Kids in the House, a wonderful parenting resource filled with expert advice on hundreds of topics, including sleep.  This video will give you some examples of ideal wake, nap and sleep schedules for your baby. 

How Much Sleep Does My Baby Need?

At 6-8 months old, they really need about 3-3 ½ hours of sleep during the day over the course of 3 naps and 11 hours at night.
Let’s say they go to bed at 7:00-7:30 p.m. – that’s a typical bed time for this age, remembering every baby’s different.  Then they sleep through with a feeding or without a feeding, depending on your baby.  Ideally, they will wake up somewhere between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m., which is an average wake-up time for the day.

What About Naps?

They have their morning nap about an hour and half to two hours after wake-up in the morning.  This should put their first nap somewhere around  8:00 and 9:30 a.m., depending on when they woke up.  You really don’t want a morning nap before 8:00 a.m.  The next nap happens 2-3 hours after the first nap,  so baby is asleep within 3 hours of the last nap.  If baby woke up at 10:00 a.m., the second nap will be around 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.

The Witching Hours Between Nap Two and Bedtime

If they have a decent second nap, maybe an hour and …

Improving Sleep Quality in Parkinson’s: Is Levodopa-Carbidopa Intestinal Gel Effective?

New research found that patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease who were treated with levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel infusion experienced an improvement in sleep quality, according to a review published in Parkinson’s Disease.

The study sample included 7 consecutive participants who received an implant for continuous levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel infusion; dosage was titrated individually until greatest motor control was attained. The investigators performed overnight polysomnography before and after 6 months of treatment, reporting on parameters including sleep efficiency, wake after sleep onset, REM sleep and non-REM sleep, snoring sounds, apnea-hypopnea index, arousals, leg movements in sleep, and more. The investigators also administered questionnaires at baseline and follow-up, including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, fatigue scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Beck Depression Inventory, and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale.

Motor fluctuations and symptoms showed significant improvement after 6 months of continuous levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel infusion. Polysomnography results showed improvements in generalized sleep efficiency; however, changes observed in sleep parameters from baseline to follow-up were not considered statistically significant.

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from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/12/sleep-quality-parkinsons-levodopa-carbidopa-intestinal-gel/…

Study Finds Risk Factors for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are risk factors for rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder. This is according to a study published in the Dec 26, 2018, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found men are more likely to have the disorder.

REM sleep is the dream state of sleep. During normal REM sleep, your brain sends signals to prevent your muscles from moving. However, for people with REM sleep behavior disorder, those signals are disrupted. A person may act out violent or action-filled dreams by yelling, flailing their arms, punching, or kicking, to the point of harming themselves or a sleep partner.

“While much is still unknown about REM sleep behavior disorder, it can be caused by medications or it may be an early sign of another neurologic condition like Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies or multiple system atrophy,” says study author Ronald Postuma, MD, MSc, of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, in a release. “Identifying lifestyle and personal risk factors linked to this sleep disorder may lead to finding ways to reduce the chances of developing it.”

The study looked at 30,097 people with an average age of 63. Researchers screened participants for a variety of health conditions and asked about lifestyle, behavior, social, economic, and

Jet lag is maths related too!

I found myself thinking, “Well, if I stay awake for x hours then I will get y sleep,” and so on and this happened for about 3 days! I flew home from Paris to Brisbane and it took me about 4 days to readjust. Normally I am a good sleeper and if I don’t have […]

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Reporting “Vivid Dreams” Linked with Shorter Time to Narcolepsy Diagnosis

A Nexus Narcolepsy Registry study links specific factors to diagnosis delays.

In 2015, to better understand narcolepsy, patient advocacy organizations, researchers, and others created the Nexus Narcolepsy Registry, an online database that tracks a large number of people with the rare neurological sleep disorder narcolepsy over time.

Anyone who is a narcolepsy patient can share his or her data anonymously through questionnaires and surveys so researchers can glean more insight on how the condition affects patients. This can range from information on which symptoms the participants experience to how long it takes for them to receive a correct diagnosis.

In 2018, researchers published a study titled, “Predictors of Time to Narcolepsy Diagnosis in Participants With Adult Onset of Symptoms: Results From the Nexus Narcolepsy Registry,” that looked to determine the factors that are associated with delays in seeking evaluation and diagnosis among adult patients with narcolepsy.

“We found that there was a significant delay in diagnosis for patients who have experienced narcolepsy symptoms since they were children,” says Michael Thorpy, MD, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at the Montefiore Medical Center.

Nine hundred eighty-five people participated in the study, and on average it took patients who experienced an onset of symptoms as a child around 10.7 years to get the first consultation and another 4.5 years from the first consultation to a correct diagnosis. On the other hand, adults had a significantly shorter