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Remede System Approved for Sleep Apnea

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – The Remede sleep system, an implanted device that treats central sleep apnea by activating a nerve that sends signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the diaphragm, triggering lapses in breathing that can last a few seconds to minutes, the agency said in a news release. This can lead to poor sleep and ultimately raise a person's risk of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, obesity and diabetes, the FDA said. The condition is different from the more common obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing disruptions are caused by upper airway obstruction. "Patients should speak with their health care providers about the benefits and risks of this new treatment option compared to other ... Read more

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Working Night Shifts May Widen Your Waistline

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Workers who regularly pull overnight shifts may be more prone to pack on the pounds, a new analysis suggests. The finding involved an in-depth look at 28 studies conducted between 1999 and 2016. All the investigations explored the health impact of shift work, in which employees are regularly asked to either alternate between daytime and overnight schedules or to exclusively work overnight hours. An estimated 700 million men and women around the world now follow that work pattern, representing about 20 percent of the global workforce, the researchers said. And while the numbers varied by study, the new analysis determined that, on average, routinely working a night shift seems to boost the risk for becoming obese or overweight by 29 percent. Although the review could not prove cause-and-effect, nutrition experts expressed little surprise at the finding. Connie ... Read more

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Health Tip: Music May Help You Sleep

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Listening to calm, quiet tunes before you hit the pillow may help you sleep better. Music has a direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps your body relax and prepare for sleep, the National Sleep Foundation says. Music may help slow your heart rate, lower blood pressure, regulate breathing and may trigger muscle relaxation, the foundation says. Ideal music includes slower tunes of between 60 beats and 80 beats per minute, which may be found among classical, jazz and folk songs. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

1 in 3 Seniors Take Sleep Aids

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – One-third of older Americans take something to help them sleep, but most don't discuss their sleep problems with a doctor, a new survey finds. "Although sleep problems can happen at any age and for many reasons, they can't be cured by taking a pill, either prescription, over-the-counter or herbal, no matter what the ads on TV say," said poll director Dr. Preeti Malani, a geriatric medicine specialist at the University of Michigan. The survey included over 1,000 respondents, aged 65 to 80. Half incorrectly believed that sleep problems are just a natural part of aging, according to the National Poll on Health Aging. Prescription, over-the-counter and so-called natural sleep aids carry health risks, especially for older adults, and national guidelines warn against the use of prescription sleep medicines by people older than 65. But the survey found that 8 ... Read more

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Nerve 'Zap' Treatment Could Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – People with more serious cases of sleep apnea may get lasting relief from an implanted nerve stimulator, a new study finds. One specialist says the device might benefit those who can't tolerate the current standard treatment for sleep apnea: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP involves wearing a mask over the nose and/or mouth every night, and many people balk at that. The new device, called Inspire, works by sending electrical impulses to a nerve that controls the muscles of the tongue. When the stimulator is turned on before a person goes to sleep, it causes the tongue to protrude forward, which helps keep the airways open. Inspire was approved in the United States in 2014, after a trial showed it was safe and effective over one year. The new study followed 65 of those patients to the five-year mark, and found they were mostly still doing well. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat. Driving accidents. Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Hypertension, Fatigue, Arrhythmia, Sleep Apnea, Pre-Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Road

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than 400 people will die and another 48,400 will be injured seriously enough to require medicalattentionin car crashes duringany holiday weekend, the U.S. National Safety Council estimates. Here's what the council suggests you can do to minimize your chances of risk: Always wear your seatbelt. Use proper car seats for children that are appropriate for their height, weight and age. Don't drink alcohol and drive. Get enough sleep and take periodic breaks to avoid fatigue. Don't use a cell phone while driving, either to text or make a call. Read more

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It's Time to Kick Fido Out -- of Bed, That Is

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – It's time to reclaim your bed and send your pets packing – at least at night. Your sleep may be more compromised if your dog is in your bed, though this is not the case if Fido is simply in your bedroom, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic. "The question is, where do the animals sleep, and does it affect the human?" explained study author Dr. Lois Krahn of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. "I found there are all sorts of different patterns. Most people are pretty loyal and accept their pet. They don't want to complain about their pet bothering them at night. And, my belief is, more people have more than one pet and that just multiplies the possibility for there being a problem," said Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist. The small study focused on 40 pet owners with a single dog in their bedroom. The researchers evaluated the amount of sleep and wake times ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Plague Many Women in Middle Age

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Lots of middle-aged American women are fretfully counting sheep each night, new research shows. The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that close to 20 percent of all women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble falling asleep on four or more nights in the prior week. Sleep troubles were even more likely if the woman was in the years where she's transitioning into menopause ("perimenopause"). Among these women, more than half (56 percent) said they typically got less than the seven hours of sleep per night that experts deem restful and healthy. Even after menopause, sleep woes lingered: nearly 36 percent of postmenopausal women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble staying asleep through the night. None of this should surprise any woman who's gone through menopause, said one expert who reviewed the study. Sleeplessness in this ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea Wreaks Havoc on Your Metabolism

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – People who leave their sleep apnea untreated for just a short time may face a higher risk of spikes in blood sugar levels, stress hormones and blood pressure, a new study finds. Even a few days of failing to treat sleep apnea can cause these levels to go up, researchers found. They say the findings support the ongoing use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices to protect sleepers from airway closure due to sleep apnea. "This is one of the first studies to show real-time effects of sleep apnea on metabolism during the night," said study senior author Dr. Jonathan Jun, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. An estimated 20 to 30 percent of adults have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes a person's airway to close multiple times per hour during sleep. Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Could You Have Sleep Apnea?

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNEDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – There's no shortage of jokes about people who snore, but the serious snoring of sleep apnea is no laughing matter. Sleep apnea is a common condition in which you temporarily stop breathing while you sleep, sometimes as often as every other minute, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Even though breathing resumes, sleep apnea causes a host of problems, from a lack of deep sleep to high blood pressure and heart disease to accidents stemming from fatigue during waking hours. In fact, after loud snoring, daytime sleepiness is the second sleep apnea warning sign. Know the signs of sleep apnea: Loud snoring and then gasping when breathing resumes. Overwhelming daytime fatigue. Morning headaches and a dry mouth. Difficulty concentrating. Irritability and mood swings. In mild cases of sleep apnea, making some lifestyle changes may help ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Weight Loss, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

Sleepless Nights Do No Favors for Your Heart

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – Poor sleep won't simply leave you bleary-eyed. It's also linked with stroke and reduced blood supply to the heart, a new study suggests. "Poor sleep" includes too short or too long sleep, difficulty falling asleep and difficulty maintaining sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Nobuo Sasaki. "Poor sleep is associated with cardiovascular diseases ... but the kind of sleep disturbances that are most risky is not well documented," said Sasaki, of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council in Japan. The researchers set out to investigate sleep problems linked to heart attack and angina (coronary artery disease), and stroke. Coronary artery disease is caused by narrowed heart arteries. This means less blood and oxygen reach the heart, raising the risk for heart attack and chest pain known as angina, according to the American Heart Association. The observational study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleepiness on the Job

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- About 13 percent of all accidents that happen at the workplace are related to being sleepy on the job, the National Safety Council says. Some 97 percent of workers have at least one risk factor for workplace fatigue and four of 10 workers simply don't get enough sleep, according to the council. The council says here's what you can do to avoid becoming another statistic: Get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Get tested for sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea. If you work nights, stick to the same sleep schedule even on your days off. If you sleep during the day, use blackout curtains to keep the bedroom dark. Read more

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Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Sleep disorders during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study finds. The California research looked at 2,265 pregnant women who were diagnosed with a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. They were compared to a control group of pregnant women without a sleep disorder diagnosis but with similar maternal risk factors for preterm birth, such as a previous preterm birth, smoking during pregnancy, or high blood pressure. The rate of preterm birth was 14.6 percent among women with sleep disorders and 10.9 percent among the control group. Preterm birth is defined as delivery before 37 weeks' gestation. The risk of delivery before 34 weeks' gestation was more than double among women with sleep apnea and nearly double among those with insomnia, according to the study. It was published Aug. 8 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Premature Labor, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy

Videotaping Sleepers Raises CPAP Use

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – A video may be worth a thousand words for someone with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea patients are more likely to use their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines after they see a video of themselves fighting to breathe at night, a new study says. People with sleep apnea have pauses in breathing while they sleep. Left untreated, the disorder can lead to serious health problems such as depression, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also leads to daytime sleepiness that increases the risk of car crashes and other accidents. "People who watched themselves gasping and struggling to breathe with sleep apnea used their CPAP machines three hours more per night than those who saw no video, and nearly two and a half hours more than those who watched a video of another patient with sleep apnea," said study leader Mark Aloia, a sleep expert at National Jewish ... Read more

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