Friday, 30 June 2017

Should You Be Worried About Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is the unnamed malady that people often blamed for their sleep problems back in the days. They don’t really know what it’s called except for the loud snoring that makes sleeping impossible especially for their poor spouses or partners. A lot has changed now through technology’s help. Technology helped medical practitioners identify different medical conditions and the appropriate treatment for it too.

On the other hand, technology has also put almost everyone at risk of sleep deprivation because of the Internet, social media, and games/apps that are so addicting. When you add a common sleep disorder like sleep apnea in the equation, then you can finally say goodbye to a good night’s sleep and welcome yourself to the world of modern-day zombies.

Nighttime can be exhausting for the 22 million Americans with sleep apnea, a disorder marked by frequent interruptions in breathing. The condition leaves people not only chronically tired but also at greater risk for diabetes, stroke, heart disease and memory loss.

"Sleep apnea is a nighttime disorder with major daytime health consequences," says sleep specialist Steven Scharf, a clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the Sleep Disorders Center. "Unfortunately, it doesn't receive the attention it deserves."


It no longer comes as a surprise that roughly 80% of Americans have sleep apnea but they remain unaware of it. It is a condition common among men but affects women just the same. People often complain about the loud snoring but it is actually the breathing pauses during sleep that is deadlier and can possibly kill a person in his or her sleep.

We all like to believe we don't snore and get defensive when we're accused of it—who, me? No way, never. But snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, a serious condition that you definitely shouldn't just brush off and ignore.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly throughout the night. For most people, sleep apnea is caused by "some sort of obstruction in airflow in the back of the throat which blocks air from getting into the lungs as you sleep," Joseph Ojile, M.D., medical director of the Clayton Sleep Institute, tells SELF. This could be due to large tonsils, congested sinuses, or a variety of other factors. In rare cases, it can be caused by a problem in signaling, so that your brain doesn't send the message to breathe correctly.

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition. It will not go away on its own, so better address the sleep apnea now or put yourself at higher risk of certain medical conditions later in life.

Untreated sleep apnea can, over the years, contribute to chronic disease like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, so getting a proper diagnosis is important for your long-term health. Here are the top symptoms of sleep apnea you need to know.

  • You're exhausted all day despite getting plenty of sleep.

  • You wake up with headaches.

  • You wake yourself up gasping or choking.

  • Your bed partner says you snore, choke, gasp—or stop breathing—when you sleep.

  • You have high blood pressure.

  • You experience heart palpitations, "fluttering" in your chest, or your heart is pounding for no apparent reason.

  • You have high blood sugar.

  • You have insomnia.

  • Your mood is all over the place.


A sleep doctor can help you understand what your condition is and what can be done to help you overcome the symptoms of sleep apnea. These breathing pauses in your sleep are deadly and warrant urgent medical attention, so there’s no sense in putting off a medical appointment any longer. Getting tested at a sleep clinic can help a lot and give the doctor and you a lot of insight as to the severity of your condition.

Medical treatments like CPAP is a conventional treatment but other more convenient remedies like anti-snoring gadgets and mouthpieces also work in reducing the snoring as well as the deadly breathing pauses. You’d be surprised at how much some lifestyle changes can make a difference in your life and address sleep apnea in the process. For severe conditions, surgery is also an option although it should be the last on your list.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Does Your Mattress Matter To Your Sleep?

It’s true that you often fall asleep on your own on most nights (or days). Your body has its own way of telling itself that it can’t take the daily grind anymore and you need to zone out for a while. It’s what you call the sleep drive. It’s different from the circadian rhythm or body clock. Your sleep drive tells you that your body needs to rest now after pushing yourself to the limit. In short, you no longer have any energy left and need to call it a day. Whenever possible, try to get that much-needed sleep at night because that’s when many restorative biological processes only happen by then.

Although many people dismiss the idea of their beds affecting their sleep (the rationale you sleep when you’re tired), your environment, especially your bed, has a big impact to the quality and quantity of sleep you get. Some prefer to sleep in the dark while a handful with light but everyone definitely wants to sleep on a mattress that feels just right. But of course, how firm or soft a mattress is, is highly subjective. Different people have different standards. Hence, it’s not always easy to tell just how much your mattress affects your sleep but we all know we need that shuteye as much as we need to eat healthily.

Mattress Firm, Inc., reports that it has launched a new campaign designed to drive awareness around technology in an unexpected place – the mattress. Titled “Technology to Power Off,” it showcases Mattress Firm’s most innovative mattresses from Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB).
To launch the campaign, tech icon Steve Wozniak joined Mattress Firm CEO Ken Murphy on stage at the Company’s annual leadership conference in
Houston during a livestreamed keynote discussion about tech innovations and sleep. Mattress Firm is rolling out mattress technology from SSB, the largest bedding manufacturer in the United States. The event showcased the Serta iComfort® TempTouch™ and the Beautryrest Black® Hybrid.
“As a society, we line up for technology that keeps you constantly connected, yet we long for the ability to power off. Our partners at SSB continue to produce innovative products at an incredible value that are designed to do just that,” said
Sicily Dickenson, CMO of Mattress Firm. “By using tropes from successful product launches, Droga5 brought the advancement in mattress technology to the forefront.”
The keynote kicked off a fully integrated campaign that showcases the mattresses with the same fanfare and techniques that are associated with new technology launches. The campaign will feature national and local TV, radio and digital distribution. Droga5 is the creative agency behind the campaign. For more information visit


Thanks to modern science, experts are now coming up with solutions to many of man’s sleep problems. From sleep disorders to sleep comfort, you are bound to come across a product in the market that claims to be the answer to your sleeping dilemma. After all, sleep is what everyone wants to do the most after working hard for the day.

What is it?

The term mattress-in-a-box really says it all. Eve is an online company, you order a mattress in the size you want, they’ll send it to you. Vacuum packed in a box.

This isn’t some rubbish box-spring though, it’s packed with the latest mattress technology. 

Eve is composed of three layers. The top layer is 3cm of memory foam, then there’s a 3cm cooling layer, which is 30 times more breathable than memory foam, and finally, there’s a sturdy, solid base foam. It’s all wrapped in an elastic polyester and dorlastan material.

How does it work?

Other mattress-in-a-box companies use different recipes, but all have a similar design philosophy. They create what they believe is the perfect mattress, manufacture it using high-quality materials, then sell it online directly to customers, cutting out the middleman. This allows them to offer a quality mattress at an affordable price.


You may not look at mattresses the same way again with the various mattress technologies available out there. Your idea of what a good mattress should be is probably very different from the modern ones you can now buy, even online. You aren’t just looking for comfort anymore but have to check out a long list of advanced features that a good mattress should have for you to be able to sleep soundly at night. What you just need to remember is to go with your instinct. If something feels right, go for it. Although the technology behind these modern mattresses makes a lot of difference, only you can tell which one is a perfect fit for you.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sleep Disorders In Teens Increase With Late-Night Phone Use

Like it or not, technology dominates modern life. Rarely can you see an individual without a smartphone in hand. People these days live a more active life in the virtual world than they do in real life. While we relish all the perks that the World Wide Web offers, it also has many disadvantages that mainly impact your health in a negative light. First off, the radiation emitted by many of these modern gadgets is not good for your health. Then, smartphone and smart gadget use can be highly addicting.

This obsession with technology has been going on for a while now. Back then, parents were often worried about young kids who are obsessed with video games. But today, they can do virtually everything they want with a smartphone in hand. You can text and call family and friends any time of the day. You can also play any game you want as long as you can download it from the app store and your phone has enough memory for it. Social media is the biggest temptation of all. You can get lost in it 24/7 and not feel sleepy at all.

TEENAGERS’ LATE-NIGHT mobile phone use is harming their mental health and sleeping patterns, according to a new study.

The study of 1,100 students aged 13 to 16 in Australia found that late-night mobile phone use was directly linked to poor sleep quality, which led to poorer mental health outcomes, reduced coping and lowered self-esteem.

Lead researcher Lynette Vernon, of Murdoch University in Perth, said the findings showed a need for curfews around the use of mobile phones in bedrooms.


A major factor as to why many people, even young kids, get hooked to technology and their health ultimately suffers is because they have access to it at home or even outside the house. Even kids as young as 10-13 years old now own their personal smartphones. So, it’s no longer surprising that people with sleep issues are rising because our lifestyle is mainly to blame. We live in a tech-crazed world that can’t survive a day without fiddling with our smartphones or logging into our various social media accounts.

The study of 1,101 students aged between 13 and 16 years old, is thought to be the first to prove the direct link between higher mobile phone use and a rise in externalizing behaviour – such as aggression – decreased self-esteem and coping skills.

However, using mobile phones at night was not “significantly associated” with a change in depressed mood, according to the study paper.

Those behind the research suggested it could be because depressed adolescents may stop using their phones as much to contact friends. This could mean night-time use of other technology – such as devices to access social media – could be more closely linked to poor sleep and depression, they said.


Social media gave new meaning to our lives. However, you can’t deny that while it is fun to connect and reconnect with old and new friends online, it can take your time away from more important life responsibilities, even from your much-needed sleep. Unfortunately, teens suffer the most because they often don’t understand yet the implications of this new tech obsession and how their health ultimately suffers in the end.

These days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games.

For children and teens, using cell phones, tablets and computers at night is associated with losing sleep time and sleep quality, new research finds. Even children who don't use their phones or the other technologies littering their bedrooms at night are losing shut-eye and becoming prone to daylight sleepiness, the analysis published today in JAMA Pediatrics finds.

The analysis found "a consistent pattern of effect across a wide range of countries and settings," said Dr. Ben Carter, lead author and a senior lecturer in biostatistics at King's College London.


It is the parents’ responsibility to look after their child’s health and well-being even if it means imposing a curfew on their tech use. If you just let kids use technology whenever they want to, they will eventually suffer from poor sleep quality, not get enough sleep and suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness that may pull their grades down and affect how much they participate in class.

Aside from affecting school performance, kids and teens who stay up late at night because of their smartphone use suffer from a shift in their circadian rhythm that also affects various restorative biological processes that often take place at night in your sleep. Always remember that sleep is an important factor in the normal growth and development of children, so make sure they sleep well at night and away from these addictive gadgets as much as possible.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Got A Sleeping Problem? Get Checked At A Sleep Clinic

The average human being these days is stretched out too thin because of numerous interests and commitments they pursue in their daily life. You often sacrifice your sleep just to make sure everything is finished before hitting the sack, so you don’t panic the following day. You are not alone. A big majority of Americans lie in bed at night with eyes still wide open because simply counting sheep doesn’t work anymore. Sleep deprivation is actually a double-edged sword that not only leaves you feeling fatigued upon arising but affects your school or work performance too because your brain did not get the rest it badly needs the night before.

If sleeping (or the lack of it) is a big issue in your life, don’t just suffer in silence. Get medical help because more often than not, sleeping issues are health issues too. There are numerous sleep disorders that may affect the quality and quantity of your sleep and it may not always be what you think it is. The best recourse is to get yourself tested at a sleep clinic because they have doctors that specialize on sleep itself and are equipped with the latest sleep technologies that can get to the root of your problem/s in no time.

Doctor Irshaad Ebrahim of the Dubai-based London Sleep Centre describes the number of current sleep disorders as "an epidemic".

"It’s so much more important than what’s being reported in the press: lifestyle, pace of work, demands of technology, screen use – they are harming our sleep/wake cycle."

The number of sleep clinics in the UAE are on the rise, as are do-it-yourself responses such as sleep treatments at luxury hotels and online apps for managing one’s sleep cycle. "It is a response to demand," says Ebrahim, "just the number of people seeking help".

According to Elizabeth Graf, a clinical psychologist at a private clinic in New York, "research continues to show the emotional and physical benefits of sleep".

Studies have linked lack of sleep to poor performance at work, depression and overall health, including links to cancer. It is not uncommon for studies to speak about the "public health crisis" of lack of sleep, in which billions of dirhams are spent tackling the secondary effects of poor slumber. Others point to its effect on the economy, and even its role in disasters such as the nuclear meltdowns at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.


Although still considered as a novel concept by many, getting checked at sleep clinic is actually growing in popularity these days as technology and modern living continue to mess up your sleep cycle. There are generally two types of people who visit sleep clinics. The first are individuals who understand they have severe sleeping issues and are raring to get treated while there are those who are not only apprehensive but generally fearful of the unknown (in this case, it’s the sleeping lab itself).

Screening for OSA typically involves questionnaires about sleep that often require observations from a bed partner. They are sometimes supplemented with overnight blood oxygen readings from a finger pulse oximeter. Testing to confirm the diagnosis of OSA has typically relied upon polysomnography tests — which record your brain waves, blood oxygen level, heart rate, breathing and leg movements during sleep — although home testing kits are becoming more widely used.

You’d be surprised at how big the sleep industry has become. Gone were the days when a patient suffering from sleep issues just gets prescribed with a sleeping pill or two by their GPs to helps them sleep better at night. Today, there are countless technologies like this: that help screen and diagnose patients who get tested in actual sleep clinics. Since many of these sleep disorders now have a name, there are specific gadgets you can also use to address them and prevent you from becoming dependent on sleeping pills alone.

Sleep is big business in this country. The amount Americans spend on drugs and devices to achieve sleep is expected to reach over $80 billion in the next 3 years. The sleep apnea device market alone is a roughly $5 billion dollar industry. But not all the numbers are rosy, especially for sleep clinics which, according to the AASM, peaked at roughly 2,500 accredited centers in 2014. A possible reason for this is the emergence of at-home testing kits that cost around $150 to $250. In contrast, lab-based sleep tests at a typical sleep center usually cost about 3 to 5 times that. A study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that at-home testing may be as good as laboratory testing in diagnosing OSA. (STAT covered that study, and its implications for the sleep testing market, nicely.) Now fewer insurance companies are covering laboratory-based testing but more are considering covering at-home testing. In short, sleep centers are facing tough times.

This is not to say that the AASM (which accredits sleep centers) is not invested in the proper diagnosis and treatment of those with sleep disorders. They are. But it does raise questions: should the financial status of the sleep centers they accredit be taken into consideration when the AASM takes issue with the USPTF findings? And what should we make of their push to screen everyone at increased risk of developing OSA, even if they don’t have sleep-related symptoms?


While more and more sleep clinics are opening all over the world, they still aren’t enough to accommodate the growing number of individuals suffering from numerous sleep disorders. Patients often stay at these sleep clinics for the night and not all the time these check-ups are covered by the government or medical insurance. However, those people who are really in dire need of medical intervention for their sleep woes won’t mind shelling out the money to get tested, so they can start treatment as soon as possible. A night at a sleep clinic is often enough to get the needed baseline data before getting the necessary treatment.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Exercises For Sleep Apnea Can Help

People often think of exercise as a punishment for overeating, when in reality our body needs exercise the most aside from eating a balanced diet. For active people, exercise is already a part of their daily routine and they don’t feel obligated to do it. But for the rest who are contentedly living their sedentary lifestyle, they think of exercise as a burden that they aren’t thrilled about doing at all or spare a minute of their precious time.

Exercise is not only a must for overweight individuals who badly need to get rid of all traces of excess fats hanging off their bodies but for people who are having sleeping problems too.

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea make it impossible for both the snorer and the partner to sleep at night because of the loud snoring sound, a common symptom of sleep apnea. However, it helps to know that not all snorers do actually have sleep apnea, so it’s better to get tested at a sleep clinic to confirm. Obesity worsens sleep apnea and puts you at higher risk of various cardiovascular diseases. It’s actually the number one factor that predisposes you to the obstructive type of sleep apnea. Hence, losing at least 10% of your body weight improves sleep apnea as well as prevents daytime sleepiness.

More than 100 million Americans have insomnia, and a host of studies and experts say exercise could remedy it.

Multiple studies indicate that physical activity can help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer without the risks associated with sleeping pills. Exercise can also help with sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder than can cause a person to temporarily stop breathing at night.

One study showed that exercise alone led to a 25 percent reduction in sleep apnea symptoms over a three-month period.

Disturbed sleep can do more than just leave you groggy in the morning. It's a key risk factor for diseases and conditions like stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Doctors recommend that people get two-and-a-half hours of aerobic exercise every week. Individuals should also incorporate strength and condition exercises to their routines.


Treating sleep apnea isn’t an easy thing to do even with the help of modern medicine, which is why having more options in managing it is better and increases your chances of being able to live a normal life at the very least. You also have higher chances of enjoying deep sleep at night that not only makes you feel light and refreshed the next day but enhances memory and learning too.

One study conducted by Rush University clinical psychologist Kelly Glazer Baron found older women suffering from insomnia saw significant results after exercising, including improved sleep, more energy and less depression, CNN reported.

Exercise is also beneficial for those suffering sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to temporarily stop breathing while they sleep, as well as those suffering with restless-leg syndrome, which causes the legs or other parts of the body to itch, burn or move involuntary, according to CNN.


The experts have spoken and confirmed what we knew all along. Exercise is a great way to say goodbye to long sleepless nights caused by sleep apnea as well as improve your overall physical appearance. Aside from that, exercising also reduces insomnia as well as prevents you from waking up too early and helps you fall asleep without difficulty. A prime sleep apnea mouthpiece is here:

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re guilty of making excuses on why you put off exercising over and over again, it’s now high time to get up and start moving around especially if you are now suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep health affects us greatly, so don’t put your health or safety at risk with those breathing pauses at night and hit the gym or the road to not only look good but feel good too.

Exercises For Sleep Apnea Can Help was initially published to The Snoring Mouthpiece Report Site


Monday, 12 June 2017

Good Health Equals Better Sleep..

During the day, your schedule is often jam-packed with various activities that you pursue to get ahead in life. It can leave you exhausted at the end of the day and you long for the comfort of your bed as you drift off the sleep and rest your tired and aching mind and body. Sleep deprivation actually puts you at higher risk of various medical conditions, so make sure you get that well-deserved snooze when everything has been said and done during the day.

Normally, our body clock tells us to wake up when the sun is up and to sleep when the moon has taken the place of the sun up in the sky. However, modern living has significantly messed up your circadian rhythm and you end up tossing and turning until the wee hours of the morning. Modern technology is mainly to blame like cable TV and smartphones. As a result, you sport that dark under eye circles that aren’t just ugly to look and the unceasing feeling of exhaustion and irritability common among most night owls.

The University of Bonn in Germany conducted a study that demonstrates that one bad’s night sleep will mean your heart needs to work 10% harder the next day.

Why? This is because a one night of disturbed sleep ups your heart rate and blood pressure and causes your body to release cortisol (the same hormone produced when you’re stressed, too.)

The man behind the study, Dr Daniel Kuetting, was quoted by The Telegraph saying: ‘For the first time, we have shown that short-term sleep deprivation in the context of 24-hour shifts can lead to a significant increase in cardiac contractility, blood pressure and heart rate.’
‘The study was designed to investigate real-life work-related sleep deprivation. As people continue to work longer hours or work at more than one job to make ends meet, it is critical to investigate the detrimental effects of too much work and not enough sleep.’


Doctors say that your health improves when you sleep better and vice-versa. While the exact ideal sleeping hours vary from person to person, experts suggest sleeping for at least eight hours each night allows your body to rest and recharge for what lies ahead the following day.

Sleep has been a hot topic over the past few years, and with good reason: According to the National Institute of Health, more than one-third of adults don’t get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, and evidence shows that even children and adolescents sleep less than needed. Most people already know that not getting enough sleep has all types of horrible side effects like puffy eyes, memory loss, and overall grogginess, but what if sleep deprivation is also the reason you reach for a slice of pizza instead of a kale salad?

While it’s been previously thought that the body craves unhealthy snacks for a quick burst of energy to stay awake and alert when your body is tired, new research presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco shows that sleep deprivation actually increases the brain’s sensitivity to food smells. A preliminary study conducted by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago explains that participants who slept only four hours showed greater brain activity in response to food smells, like potato chips and doughnuts, compared to when they’d slept a full eight hours.


Your physical and mental health improves with enough sleep daily. Sleep helps your brain work better and aid in the formation of new pathways, so learning and retaining information becomes natural to you. No wonder you feel alert and refreshed after a good night’s sleep but feel drowsy and inattentive when you constantly pull all-nighters. Snoring, meanwhile, can also be a pain. Something like the VitalSleep can help (

Many of your body’s organs and systems also function efficiently with enough sleep. You are less likely to feel a dip in energy throughout the day and will often be more productive too. Hence, it is important for drivers or people operating machinery to get enough sleep or risk getting hurt or injured in the process. It’s easy to see how your health improves when you sleep better and the other way around. Sleeping is nature’s way of telling you to pull all your cares aside for now and let your body rest for a while to ready itself for next day’s battle.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

6 Effective Ways to Stop Snoring

Snoring is not immediately deadly, without a doubt, but it does get annoying when your spouse or any family member snores so loud that you can barely get enough sleep. Fortunately, there are ways in which one can stop snoring. Add a dose of dedication and persistence when learning these techniques, and you might just be able beat this snoring thing forever.

Kill The Cause

One way on how to stop snoring is to avoid the key elements that induce the condition. Prior to hitting the sack, you should avoid eating rich foods or drinking alcoholic beverages. Sleeping pills are also not recommended (and to be frank, they're rarely good for non-snorers, either). If you are required to take any sort of medication, consult your physician to find out if it may be part of the cause for your snoring. In some instances, a drug you are consuming may further worsen your sleeping condition.

So why is this the case? Alcoholic beverages, sleeping pills and other sedatives soothe your throat muscles and in turn narrow the air passages. Meanwhile, big meals and rich foods can restrict your air passages by applying pressure on your diaphragm.


Another way on to solve the snoring issue, at least short term, is to take decongestants or antihistamines. Although efficacy varies from one taker to another, these medications do combat nasal congestion, which is another contributing factor of snoring. Take these drugs only on a short-term basis, however, particularly if your  snoring is attributed by a cold or allergy. Long-term use of these drugs may be life threatening, and certainly this is usually just a band-aid solution, and nothing more.

You can also try gargling with a peppermint solution to minimize the overall lining on your throat and nasal cavity. This is particularly effective if the condition is identified as sporadic and is only promoted during colds or allergies.

What Are You Sleeping On?

Another tip on to stop snoring is to change bed sheets and pillowcases very regularly. You'd be surprised how often people will let their bed sheets and pillowcases "slip", so to speak. This can lead to accumulation of allergens that can irritate the nasal cavity. You can definitely do a lot to alleviate nasal irritation by regularly changing bedding as well as vacuuming floors and curtains.

Nasal Strips In The House

Nasal strips are very effective for snorers and people who have somewhat severe nasal congestion. Try taping your nose with these specialized strips. You can find these products in your local pharmacy, or online, of course. Whereas they are not the most visually appealing solution, they do work, and work quite well for a lot of users.

And The Hardest One...

Yep, you knew we were going to go there. Regular exercise is also an effective treatment on how to stop snoring. Make it a habit to exercise at least 10 minutes a day to stop snoring and achieve optimal health.


6 Effective Ways to Stop Snoring was originally seen on The Snoring Mouthpiece Report Blog