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Month: May 2018

The Sleeplessness Epidemic

With the countless distractions we now face on a daily basis, it is easy to understand why people give up sleep first in order to do more in life. 24 hours each day simply is not just enough anymore for us to pursue what we like to do most. Both young and old are affected, it does not discriminate. Dark under-eye bags are no longer uncommon and people often complain they lack sleep but does not seem to be doing anything about it. It is high time we think of sleep as no longer a luxury but as a necessity that it really is. We sleep for a lot of reasons and that is what nature designed it to be. It is not up to us to decide whether we need it or not because your body will ask for it every day without fail.

It is the only respite you can offer your tired body after a long day at work or at school. At times, there is not much you can do to save yourself and your sanity from the hassles and struggles of daily life apart from allowing yourself to temporarily say goodbye to the world when you close your eyes in slumber. Yet what most of us do? We consciously and willingly give up sleep because …

AADSM to Launch “Mastery Program” in Dental Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) will launch a “Mastery Program” in September of this year. According to the AADSM, it will be a “comprehensive educational program will ensure that dentists have the necessary training and skills to provide oral appliance therapy (OAT) to patients with sleep-related breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring.”

AADSM president Harold A. Smith, DDS, says in a release, “With more and more Americans being diagnosed with sleep apnea, there’s a growing need for dentists who are highly skilled in dental sleep medicine. By creating a standard education program, we can ensure that dentists have the necessary training and education requirements to prove that they are experts in this field and capable of providing optimal patient care.”

The Mastery Program will consist of 65 total hours of learning split into three different sessions (Mastery I, Mastery II, and Mastery III). Each session will consist of 2.5 days of in-person courses and will provide 20 ADA CERP [American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program] hours. Mastery I will provide an additional 5 continuing education hours due to the prerequisites that attendees must complete ahead of time. In addition to the in-person courses, dentists will also be required to complete clinical work between courses.

After completing Mastery I, attendees will be eligible to

Moving From 3 Naps to 2

Making changes to your baby’s nap schedule is a tricky process, and the trickiest one of them all is the switch from three naps a day to two.

In today’s video, I’ll help you decide whether or not your little one’s ready to make the transition, and if so, how to go about it in order to minimize the fallout and keep baby on a happy, healthy sleep schedule.

Rather read than watch? Click here.

Professional Athletes Foundation – Proper Sleep is More Than a Curfew

Much like the growing awareness surrounding brain trauma and its effects, the problem of poor sleep is gaining traction in the public eye. The NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation, The Living Heart Foundation and Pro Player Health Alliance [PPHA]) work together with former NFL players to make the problems associated with poor sleep known to the public…

Read more about what the Professional Athletes Foundation says David Gergen, Pro Player Health Alliance and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy members are bringing to help the former NFL players across the country have a better night’s sleep.

The full article can be found on the Professional Athletes Foundation website by clicking here.

from Sleep Scholar http://www.sleepscholar.com/professional-athletes-foundation-proper-sleep-is-more-than-a-curfew/…

How a Benefit Manager’s New Program Is Improving CPAP Therapy Adherence and Lowering Costs

A data-driven model is used by CareCentrix’s iComply, which was developed by a team of respiratory therapists and sleep medicine physicians who applied the principals of behavior modification to patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Improving therapy adherence is an ongoing challenge for clinicians treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). So it’s noteworthy that a new program by benefits manager CareCentrix that allows respiratory therapists to support patients who are starting to use positive airway pressure (PAP) devices such as CPAP to treat OSA shows improved adherence as well as reduced patient and payer costs.

“The iComply program was inspired by the recognition that patients with OSA often struggle at the start of therapy,” says Michael Cantor, MD, JD, chief medical officer at CareCentrix and the person leading the program. “It can be difficult to acclimatize to therapy, especially to find a comfortable mask. Studies in the medical literature show that only about 50% of patients starting PAP therapy are adherent at 90 days.”

Using a data-driven adherence model—meaning the intervention is based on evaluation of data obtained directly from the PAP device in addition to self-reported information—the program separates itself from others that rely solely on self-reported information or other indirect measures of adherence. Cantor adds, “We recognize that some patients need more than 90 days

7 Proven Techniques To Help You Treat Tinnitus and Sleep Better!

You’ve heard me talk about the impact of noise—for better and worse—on sleep. But recently I received several questions during my FaceBook Live Wake up Wednesdays (7:30 am PST if you have not seen it yet) about tinnitus and sleep. Looking back, I have never written about it, so I decided to dive in and learn more.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus involves the perception of “phantom” sounds that aren’t coming from an external source. Often described as “ringing in the ears,” people with tinnitus can actually experience a wide variety of sounds, including:

  • Buzzing
  • Humming
  • Pulsing
  • “White noise” sounds, akin to static
  • Booming
  • Drilling
  • Whistling
  • Whirring
  • Hissing
  • Snippets of music

Whatever the specific sounds, these noises are only perceptible to the individual. Tinnitus noise can vary widely in volume. About 1 in every 4 people with tinnitus describe their sounds as loud.

Many of us experience tinnitus every once in a while. If you’re exposed to extremely loud noise, or leave a noisy environment for a quiet one, you may notice a temporary buzzing or ringing in your ear. Maybe you’ve been near loud construction—like a jackhammer, or stepped out of a loud action movie or music concert to a quiet lobby or street. (Be aware: even a single exposure to very loud noise can do damage to your

Sleep Apnea In Children

Adults often assume that all children are healthy because they are still young, right? Well, you got wrong because kids can get sick too. It does not mean that their bodies are still young they’re also in great shape all the time. Kids can get sick too and they may also be guilty of some very unhealthy practices like most adults do. Blame it on the changing times and role models that do not really emulate healthy living, kids these days are more prone to different diseases because of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. And if you think that sleep is the least of their worries, then you are also mistaken because kids also experience various sleep issues like everyone else.

The truth is that kids need to sleep the most, unlike most adults who can survive despite their changing sleeping patterns. They need it to fuel their growing bodies since they undergo rapid growth and development until they reach maturity. It is such a shame, though, for kids that have sleep apnea because their growth may be stunted and they will be left behind by their peers. It is their parent’s responsibility to get their children checked by sleep specialists because sleep apnea in children exists and they need treatment despite their age. Gone were the days when people still …

How long does Caffeine Keep You Awake; Circadian Rhythms and Breast Cancer; And, Snorers Suffer Nerve And Muscle Damage

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope that you are waking up and enjoying a beautiful spring day wherever you are. We are going to get into a lot of interesting topics today, so settle and and let’s get started.

Snorers Suffer from Nerve and Muscle Damage in Palate

As soon as I saw the title of this article I thought to myself, Yup, that makes sense, and of course there is actual data to confirm this, let me explain. Looking at snoring, purely from an anatomical standpoint, we see that as a person sucks in air, it causes a vibration and a snore. This vibration can tear, stretch, and inflame these tissue and nerves, and it can lead to problems swallowing, more snoring (because the tissue becomes looser) and in some cases Sleep Apnea! A study at the University of Sweden, confirmed that early intervention for snoring may have beneficial effects for healing this tissue and prevent sleep apnea. If you want to learn more about your (or your bed partner’s snoring) check out my snoring quiz. Did you know that there are 3 different types of snorers? Take the quiz and learn what solutions are proven and work for each snoring type!

If Your Circadian Rhythm Is Off It Could Lead To Breast Cancer

Researchers at Texas A&M University