Experts Warn Of Issues Teens Using Sleep Aids Can Face

CBS2’s Dr Max Gomez reports that experts think most over-the-counter sleep aids are actually hurting, not helping teens.

Experts also warn of building a tolerance to these medications, and even potential liver damage from the overuse of acetaminophen, a common painkiller found in some sleep aid formulations.

“We would love for the children of teenage years to sleep anywhere between eight to 10 hours and most are not even coming close,” said Dr. Pakkay Ngai, a pediatric pulmonologist at Hackensack University Medical Center. “We’re looking for the quick fix. But it doesn’t get to the root of the problem.”

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The Sleep Doctor in Your Pocket

How smartphone apps are changing behavioral sleep medicine.

If your patients have trouble falling sleep and staying asleep, there are more than a hundred apps out there that promise to guide them through actionable changes and track progress over time. Only a handful are developed with the advice of credentialed sleep specialists, but those digital platforms could be especially important tools for people in rural locations who might not otherwise get the care they need.

The Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine’s directory lists just 283 sleep psychologists in the United States. Many of these behavioral sleep medicine specialists are located in urban areas, near universities—leaving people outside these areas with few treatment options. Smartphone applications could help fill in this gap and potentially take some of the burden off of the health care system, according to a recent paper published in Translational Behavioral Medicine.1 This is especially true for insomnia, a disorder that many providers agree is best treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, explains sleep psychologist Richard Blackburn, PHD, LP, CBSM, who works in Minnesota.

He recommends a smartphone application called CBT-i Coach, developed in collaboration between the Veteran Administration’s National Center for PTSD and Stanford School of Medicine. CBT-i Coach uses cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, a proven way to treat insomnia by changing thought patterns and sleeping habits.

“It’s a wonderful thing. I use it with most of my patients,” he says. “The

AI Classifies Sleep Disorders Like Sleep Apnea, Hypopnea, and Arousal

Rather than look for patterns of disordered sleep in slices of sensor data, a preprint paper takes into account a range of data collected during polysomnography, reports VentureBeat.

“Very little research has been done concerning the effect that non-apnea [and] hypopnea arousals have on sleep quality and general health because they are difficult to detect, [and] sleep arousals have been shown to have lower inter-scorer reliability when compared to apnea [and] hypopnea,” the paper’s authors write. “A more robust method of detecting [sleep] arousals would allow health researchers to determine the effects that these events have on health, as well as develop more effective treatments to reduce their frequency. The purpose of this work is to determine how accurately … arousals can be detected with the use of deep learning methods.”

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Guest Blogger Deborah Wyatt of talkHealth On Sleep Support For Those Living With Long-Term Health Conditions

The importance of getting enough good quality sleep is well documented, but as a nation many of us still experience sleep problems for a variety of reasons. There have been numerous sleep surveys conducted by organisations including the NHS and charities which broadly report the same findings; that we’re not getting enough sleep and we […]

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Baby and Child Sleep Questions: Your Questions, Answered

Are you trying to get your 8-month-old to  nap? Do you have a 4-year-old Houdini who needs to stay in his bed? We get so many baby and child sleep questions, and many of them are repeated often.

As a new parent, there is so much information out there that it can be really hard to sort it out. We’ve collected some of the most common baby and child sleep questions and connected you with articles that can help answer your questions. Read now and bookmark for later!

What is the Sleep Lady Shuffle and how does it work?

Gentle sleep training — I call it sleep coaching — is nothing more than helping your baby learn to put himself to sleep without leaving him alone to cry it out–so that he can successfully nap and eventually sleep through the night. Many parents don’t realize that babies do not inherently know how to fall asleep — sleep is a learned skill. When you bring home your infant, you lull them to sleep with just about every activity, since most newborns spend their time either eating, sleeping, or getting a diaper changed.

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How do I start getting my child to nap?

Getting your child to sleep at night is a major milestone and goal for parents everywhere. But did you know that daytime sleep plays a huge role in that quality nighttime slumber? Learn why they’re important and how …

Snoring Mouthpieces: Do They Actually Work?

When it comes to snoring, stop complaining. Sure, snoring sucks. After all, it’s really annoying to have a partner who snores. You just can’t get any sleep with someone who snores.

You wake up tired. Then you complain about the whole situation only to end up irritating your snoring partner. No matter how perfect your relationship seems to be, fighting is inevitable.

That’s the whole point.  Complaining won’t stop nor prevent snoring.  The most that you can get from complaining is a heated argument. If that goes on and on, well, it could put a strain on your relationship.

It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that snoring can wreak havoc on relationships, but research certainly backs it up: In a National Sleep Foundation poll, a whopping 50 percent of people who were at risk for sleep apnea (that is, they scored high on a questionnaire about snoring and daytime drowsiness) or who had a partner at risk for sleep apnea reported that it caused problems in their relationship. And 28 percent said that their intimate or sexual relationship had been affected because they were too sleepy.

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You have to do something about the snoring. Don’t expect your partner to do something about it. To start with, your partner can’t hear the annoying snoring. You’re the one who can’t sleep. You’re the one who is up all night. So it’s really up to you to do …

Rugby Player Study Suggests Snoring, Sleep Apnea Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death

A study of university rugby players has shown that they are more likely to suffer sleep-disordered breathing than an average middle-aged man.

The study also showed that the athletes who experience this problem are also more likely to have low levels of oxygen in their blood and higher pulse rates during the night, suggesting that athletes with sleep-disordered breathing may be at risk of heart abnormalities.

The researchers say this study could indicate that sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a factor in the phenomenon of seemingly healthy young athletes dying from a sudden and unexplained heart attack.

The study, published in ERJ Open Research was led by Yoshitaka Iso, a cardiologist and associate professor at Showa University Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Yokohama, Japan. “We wanted to investigate the prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing in collision sport athletes, such as rugby or American-style football players, because we know that they usually have a higher BMI and larger neck circumference than athletes from other sports,” he says in a release.

“We tend to assume that young, competitive athletes will not experience conditions like SDB, which are more common in people with a higher BMI and inactive lifestyles, but more research is needed to determine what may be contributing to sudden cardiac death in athletes, and SDB is a good candidate for this as it can affect the heart’s normal functions.”

The study included 42 male rugby players aged 18-19 years. A

Crossword Puzzle: Sleep Medicine-Themed Clues (March 2019)

Can you solve this sleep medicine-themed crossword puzzle, designed specifically for Sleep Review readers? A hard copy published in the March/April 2019 issue.


Click on the thumbnail or 0319Crossword to open a printable PDF.


1 Method of monitoring human rest/activity cycles

7 Under

8 Condition in which the alveoli are damaged

10 Quantity, abbr.

11 An airway clearance technique in which the person blows out many times through a _____ PEP device

15 Government body that regulates commercial truck drivers, abbr.

16 Pain reliever

18 Shallow breathing

21 Against

23 CPAP setting

25 ___ existing condition

27 CPAP attachment

29 Light beam

30 Nasal passages


1 Enlarged mass of lymphoid tissue at the back of the nasopharynx

2 Rx amount, abbr.

3 Chap

4 Risk factor in sleep apnea

5 System for warming a house; its setting can be a factor in insomnia

6 Acting in such a way as to block a passage

7 There are 4 of them in sleep

9 Baseball star Maglie

12 Symptom of narcolepsy

13 Meadow

14 No longer asleep

17 Noted period of time

18 ____ somnolence, excessive sleepiness

19 ____ out, lose consciousness

20 Had something to eat

22 Short daytime sleep periods

24 Genetic cell material, abbr.

26 ___ eye, possible indicator of having had little sleep

27 Inert gas symbol (used in some balloons)

28 Operating system, abbr.

To suggest clues for an upcoming sleep

Why Isn’t My Toddler Sleeping Through The Night?

toddler sleeping through the night

Hi, Kim West, The Sleep Lady and in today’s vlog, I’m going to answer Michelle’s question about her toddler sleeping through the night:

“My child is 1 year old and still does not sleep through the night. I’ve tried different routines and nothing changes his bedtime, which is around 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. He doesn’t have too much trouble falling asleep, but he’ll wake up around 1:00 or 2:00 a.m., and then every 2 hours afterwards. He doesn’t fully wake up, he just starts whimpering. I’ll give him a bottle if he goes too long and he’ll take it and fall asleep. Other times, I waited out and he’ll stop and go to sleep. He does have a milk allergy and he drinks special formula and was diagnosed with reflux.”

Talk to Your Doctor

First of all, I’m not sure whether he was diagnosed at 10 months old, or his reflux ended at 10 months old. So, I’m just going to make some assumptions here. First, I would encourage you to talk to your doctor about the nighttime feedings and see if your doctor thinks that your child needs to receive those calories during the night. If your child is not eating well during the day with a reflux history or his reflux is still a current issue, it’s better not to drink liquid and lie down, because it could possibly be causing more wakings later from reflux.


ResMed Acquires HB Healthcare to Help Koreans Living with Sleep Apnea, Other Respiratory Conditions

ResMed has completed the acquisition of HB Healthcare to help millions of South Koreans living with sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions.

HB Healthcare, a privately owned South Korean home medical equipment provider, serves both reimbursed and cash-pay customers of sleep and respiratory care devices. ResMed intends to reach millions more patients through HB Healthcare and its wider network of trusted distributor partners.

“ResMed has reaffirmed its leading role in Korea’s CPAP and respiratory care market, and commitment to improving millions of Koreans’ breathing and quality of life,” says Kim Ho Kyun, ResMed Korea’s sales and marketing director, in a release. “With HBH and our valued distribution partners in Korea, ResMed can maximize the number of people who can enjoy the benefits of life-changing cloud-connected sleep and respiratory therapy.”

Sleep Apnea in Korea

One in five Korean adults is believed to have sleep apnea, according to a study by Ansan Hospital, Korea University and the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention. ResMed believes that the Korean population is highly underserved, and that increased awareness among Koreans and their doctors can lead to better diagnosis rates, treatment, and overall health outcomes.

The Korean government’s July 2018 decision to commence National Health Insurance Service reimbursement for sleep apnea diagnosis and CPAP treatment devices can help encourage people with sleep apnea to seek the in-home treatment they need.

Respiratory Care in Korea

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