Which Is More Effective: CPAP Or Snoring Mouthpiece?

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Even healthy adults experience some sleeping issues now and then. What worsens these problems is when tech use enters the equation. With a smartphone in hand, you willingly lose precious sleep each day. Aside from technology, sleep disorders are increasingly becoming common too. While we have long known about insomnia, it is sleep apnea that is grabbing our attention these days.

If you don’t know what sleep apnea is, no need to look it up the web anymore. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by one or more breathing pauses or shallow breaths during sleep. Your breathing may stop for several seconds to a few minutes and may occur at an interval of half an hour to an hour apart before the next breathing pause happens. You breathe normally in between but are often accompanied by a loud choking or snoring sound. Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder that will continue to affect your sleep until you seek treatment for it.

Products are available to open the airway. The C-PAP machine is one of the most recognizable treatments, and is covered by most insurances. It is used to prevent both snoring, and sleep apnea.

Other less aggressive options include custom-fitted mouth pieces provided by dentists, that are also covered by insurance. Other options can be bought online for about $100.

“For example this is an appliance that is considered a boil-and-bite. You bite into it similarly to a football appliance and then it is what is used to keep jaw in a stable position,” Dr. Wiggins said. “This particular type of appliance is called a Zyppah and you can get it online, but you [have to] realize that you should not get one unless you have a diagnosis of sleep apnea.”

(Via: http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Sleep-Apnea-treatment-options-422607614.html)

The first thing you need to do is to consult a doctor or get tested in a sleep clinic to get the correct diagnosis. Conventional treatment often includes medications and the use of a CPAP machine. Otherwise known as continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP keeps your airways open using mild air pressure. Hence, your airway won’t collapse when you breathe with the help of the increase in air pressure. It’s the most common sleep apnea treatment and has been around for ages. Unfortunately, it isn’t the most convenient to use even though it’s supposed to be the best, so patients often stop using it weeks after starting treatment.

One way to treat excessive snoring and sleep apnea is to use dental or oral devices. These appliances are useful in correcting mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. The good news is that there are numerous options for these dental devices, and an orthodontist or dentist can recommend one that suits the particular needs of the patient and fit it in the safest way.

One device that can be recommended for the sleep apnea sufferer is the mandibular advancement device. This is one of the most widely used dental appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. It resembles a sports mouth guard in appearance and is useful in forcing the lower jaw down and forward slightly. This offers tremendous help in keeping the airway open, thereby preventing problems in breathing.

A tongue-retraining device can also be recommended to correct sleep apnea. This splint holds the tongue in the right position and works to keep the airway open. Regular dental visits are crucial because the device requires periodic adjustments or replacements.

(Via: http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/11/using-oral-and-dental-devices-to-treat-snoring-and-sleep-apnea.html)

If you ticked CPAP off your sleep apnea treatment options, don’t lose hope yet because there are plenty of anti-snoring mouthpieces you can try. They may not be as effective as CPAP itself but they have been proven to deliver positive results and can be used in conjunction with other sleep apnea management. It works by realigning the jaw by moving the tongue as well as the soft palate that in turn improves air flow. These mouthpieces help in improving sleep pattern and in reducing the snoring frequency and loudness that most patients often complain about.

There is no need to suffer from sleep apnea even further because you can now enjoy deep slumber and feel refreshed the day after with the help of this anti-snoring mouthpiece. No need to even consider surgery just yet because a snoring mouthpiece will do in correcting these structural deficiencies that lead to or worsens sleep apnea. While CPAP is the better option between the two, snoring mouthpieces also have their finer points that you can’t just ignore. If a CPAP isn’t working for you, you can always try a snoring mouthpiece or gadget before deciding to go under the knife.

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Find Out If You Have Sleep Apnea At Home

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The days are longer now that there are distractions at home that keep you away from your sleep. Aside from working the entire day, you still find the time to keep yourself updated on your various social media accounts before calling it a day. At times, you can get too engrossed and forget the hours passing by. It’s no wonder that sleep deprivation is fast becoming a medical issue because more and more people don’t mind losing sleep because of their #FOMO.

Meanwhile, there are other conditions that leave you sleep-deprived that aren’t actually of your own doing. These are sleep disorders that mess up your sleep-wake cycle that often persists for years if not treated. Other times, it can be a breathing issue that disrupts sleep and even put your health and life at risk such as sleep apnea. You actually need to get tested to find out for sure if you really have sleep apnea although most people now generally assume that you have it if you are a loud snorer.

Chronic cases of sleep apnea can lead to health problems including high blood pressure, heart issues, and even type 2 diabetes.

It can be difficult to diagnose sleep apnea as there is no blood test to identify the condition. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits either due to its relatively subtle symptoms. However, a newly developed diagnostic device aims to change this. A recent clinical trial has found a way to effectively detect sleep apnea across all severity level.

Sleep apnea is characterized by frequent nighttime awakenings. A patient may even experience hundreds of these episodes in a single night. The most common type of sleep apnea is the obstructive variant, which is due to the airway collapsing or becoming blocked during sleep.

Not all snorers have sleep apnea, though. It is why you should get yourself tested right away to confirm such a diagnosis.

However, diagnosing sleep apnea may become a lot easier. A new, disposable patch has proven to effectively detect the condition from the comfort of your own home.

“Our study provided clinical validation of a new wearable device for diagnosing sleep apnea. It was most surprising to us how well this inexpensive miniature device performed in comparison with in-lab sleep studies,” said principal investigator Maria Merchant, CEO of Somnarus Inc.

(Via: http://www.belmarrahealth.com/new-device-detect-sleep-apnea-home/)

You can do this at various clinics that have sprouted all over the country these days. The catch here is that you have to sleep in these sleep labs overnight so the sleep technician can assess you properly. Fortunately, recent innovations have introduced sleep apnea test kits that you can use at home by yourself. You save a lot of money doing this because you no longer have to pay for the center, the test itself, and the technician who will conduct the sleep test.

Sleep centers receive between $500 to $600 for an in-lab test; home sleep tests only bring in around $150 to $230. A 2015 economic analysis of sleep apnea testing showed that providers actually lost money on at-home sleep tests.

And the amount insurance companies will pay for any kind of sleep test — especially in-lab testing — has been going down over time, said Glenn Becker, the CEO and president of the International Institute of Sleep, a Florida-based sleep clinic group.

“Eight years ago, our fee schedule was 45 percent higher. Over the last eight years, they have totally crushed our fee schedule. They’re making it very very hard.”

“I’m not against home sleep testing,” Becker said. “But as far as [home sleep tests] are concerned, I think they should be strictly be used in cases when someone can’t get to a facility or is homebound or in emergency cases.”

(Via: https://www.statnews.com/2017/01/23/sleep-apnea-home-tests/)

Others try to shrug off the issue of sleep apnea rationalizing that it is one of those discomforts in life you just have to deal with. But that way of thinking no longer works now since we know more about its perils. While there is really no single solution that can address it, there are various management options that can at least reduce the symptoms without necessarily going under the knife.

It’s why you need to get tested as soon as you can to be able to start treatment right away. And if you aren’t comfortable with the thought of sleeping in some sterile sleep lab with people watching your every move, try these at-home sleep apnea test kits that does the job without costing as much.

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The Perils Of Sleeping In On Weekends

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You have that love-hate relationship with your alarm clock. You like it because it ensures you wake up on time during work or school days so that you don’t miss out on your various life responsibilities. However, you also come to hate it at times because its alarm signals the end to your deep slumber and you have no choice but to drag your (often) sleepy and tired body out of bed to prepare for work or school. Oh, the daily grind. Regardless of how you feel about it, your alarm clock does its job right most of the time (unless it is low on battery).

It is the reason why you love the weekends. Most people don’t have class or work during Saturdays and Sundays. It means you can temporarily turn off your alarm clock and sleep in until late in the morning because you likely have nowhere important to go. Many of you are probably guilty of doing this. It’s actually your guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to this comforting habit and the experts will make sure you know about it for your own good.

Scientists discovered that 85 percent of people wake up later on the weekends, and they have linked the pattern to terrible moods and chronic fatigue. 

Analysts also revealed that the condition could increase the risk of heart disease, with each additional hour of social jet lag raising the chances by 11 percent. 

“These results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health,” lead author Sierra B. Forbush told EurekAlert. “This suggests that a regular sleep schedule may be an effective, relatively simple, and inexpensive preventative treatment for heart disease as well as many other health problems.”

(Via: http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/health/you-sleep-weekends-new-study-says-beware-heart-disease-risk/zk3alu3RPWAfIVDIOMVVUI/)

Without you knowing, your desire to sleep in on the weekend to catch up on all those lost sleep during the weekday may probably be doing your body (health) more harm than good. Regular sleeping in during the weekend results in social jet lag because you sleep longer during the weekend but have to wake up early again come Monday.

Better think twice about hitting snooze on Saturdays.

“Social jet lag,” which happens when you hit the sack and wake up later on weekends than during the week, is associated with poorer health, worse mood and fatigue, according to a new study published in an online supplement of the journal Sleep.

It’s a serious hit to your well-being: Every hour of deviation from your normal sleep routine could increase your risk of heart disease by 11 percent, scientists found.

The study’s researchers analyzed 984 adults’ responses to questions about sleep habits, diet and environment.

“Results indicate that sleep regularity, beyond sleep duration alone, plays a significant role in our health,” lead author Sierra B. Forbush, an undergraduate research assistant in the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said in a statement.

(Via: https://nypost.com/2017/06/05/sleeping-in-on-weekends-can-seriously-hurt-your-health/)

You are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and still suffer from insomnia, sleepiness, and fatigue instead of feeling refreshed when you oversleep. This sleeping in habit during the weekend actually form as early as puberty because science proves that pubertal teens sleep later at night and are more likely to sleep in also in the morning perhaps because of a biologic response or their raging hormones.

Many people continue to suffer from social jet lag because societal obligations either ask you to wake up early and stay up late. To compensate and make yourself feel better, you sleep in during the weekend to your heart’s content. However, you realize it wasn’t such a good to do so once Monday morning comes and you can barely get out of bed because you indulged your body clock in sleeping in during the weekend even if you sleep early on Sunday night because you are in for a big surprise – sleep onset insomnia. So, try to resist sleeping in on the weekend. What you can do about it is to take naps in the afternoon so you can catch up on lost sleep.

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How Sleep (Or The Lack Of It) Affects Your Mood

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A good night’s sleep can do wonders for a person. You feel fresh, well-rested, and ready to take on the day if you were able to sleep the night before. Now, imagine yourself deprived of that much-needed snooze and be forced to get up early in the morning to go to school or work. It is such a drag, indeed. Numerous studies support the relationship between sleep quality and a person’s mood, as well as other important things. More sleep = less cranky and vice versa. No wonder you were told as a child to sleep early because it not only helped your young body grow tall and strong but brightened your mood too.

As kids, you often don’t have any problems with sleep because your parents are there to force you to sleep on or before your bedtime. But as you grow older, you are required to do more and thus sleep becomes the least of your priority as you try to meet certain deadlines. It becomes even more frantic once you start working and building a family because you multitask and attend to all your chores and responsibilities in a timely fashion. Hence, expect to lose more sleep the more you age but with time management, you can easily turn things around to your favor.

New research this week published for the Sleep Health Foundation by Deloitte Access Economics tells us nearly 40 per cent of Australians are sleep deprived and half that number are so tired they are a risk to themselves and others. Our exhaustion costs the economy billions of dollars a year.

But it’s not just that we are expensive. We are also depressed. We are highly emotional. We make mistakes. We can’t read the signs around us. Our sleeplessness makes us fat. As sleep researcher Siobhan Banks points out, when we are exhausted, “we want to eat doughnuts, not salads”. Or chocolate. If I could do a time and motion study of when we break out the choccy bikkies, I’m guessing 10.45 pm would be peak, when we try to squeeze in one more task before we hit the cot.

(Via: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/sleep-health-why-it-impacts-our-mood-20170810-gxt6oq.html)

Younger people tend to take their health lightly because they feel that they are too young to get sick or die. But as time goes on, we are confronted with the reality that it’s not at all true as many younger people also succumb to sickness especially with our modern lifestyle that is hooked on technology and junk foods. That in itself is a major issue as we all know that foods rich in salt, grease, and preservatives make you feel bloated and cranky and does very little to improve your health and well-being.

We are one groggy, cranky, sleep-deprived population.

Depending on our age, we are supposed to get between seven and 10 hours of sleep each night.

But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of us get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night. In addition, 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and restless leg syndrome, which can ruin a good night’s shuteye.

And we’re not alone. In bedrooms around the globe, men, women and children are tossing and turning. According to World Sleep Day statistics, sleep deprivation is threatening the health of up to 45% of the world’s population.

(Via: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/dangers-of-sleep-deprivation/index.html)

You lose so much more aside from just sleep when you frequently pull off all-nighters. Your immune system weakens and you become more susceptible to diseases aside from becoming extremely grumpy too. Sleep allows you to focus on your tasks and helps with your memory. Remember that if you are sleepless, you won’t be able to concentrate on what you need to do and you end up making careless mistakes that could’ve been avoided if you can think clearly and not feeling drowsy during waking hours. That’s how crucial sleep is to humans. The next time you feel tempted to stay up all night, think about its impact on your health, beauty, and well-being too.

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Is Your Partner’s Sleep Music Not Music To Your Ears?

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It is our tendency to show our agitation towards snoring persons. From the next time please leave them alone or advice them to change their sleeping posture because they are not intentionally doing this. There is an interesting fact about snoring, we all will snore once we get old and our capacities to inhale air through our mouth reduce. It may not happen to all of us if we take care of it a bit early.

What is snoring?

It does have an official definition but in simple words, it is nothing but noisy breathing while asleep because of the soft palate’s vibration or epiglottis. The air we breathe in creates vibration in our various small structures in throat and mouth.

The reason of snoring may differ in people, it may cause because of any congenital anomalies of throat or mouth, obesity, high physical exertion and absence of good ventilation.

Let us discuss the snoring remedies based on each problem.

Congenital Anomalies

Congenital anomalies are the disorders, which affect us from the birth. It may be characterized by enlarged uvula, tonsils, deviated nasal septum or abnormal or obstructed nostrils. In childhood, most of the people may not experience the snoring problem. When the person reaches the milestone of puberty, the organs may complete its growth and may cause slight airway obstruction while sleeping. This can be treated by adopting a suitable sleeping technique. Your doctor or a physiotherapist can help you with this. Please check whether you experience breathing difficulty or sudden cessation of breath for few seconds or minutes. You must consult a doctor, as your malformed organ or structure might be causing problem.

Obesity

Obesity or over weight may cause snoring, when your body needs more oxygen you may intake more air through yawning. When you are sleeping the only way to get extra oxygen is through in taking more air, which may result in vibration of your nasal and oral structures causing sound. The snoring remedies available are to lose weight and having a light dinner will help you get rid of snoring.

Exertion

Whenever we are working, our body supplies energy to body cells through glycolysis. Glycolysis is the process which our body brakes glycogen in our cell to produce glucose. Whenever we are taking rest, especially on sleeping, as our energy is not being utilized, insulin hormone converts the available sugars in our blood to glycogen in order to store in our cells. For this process of compensation, our body requires more oxygen and results in high air intake and snoring. The available snoring remedies are taking right amount of calorie rich food and relaxation in open air before sleeping will help us to get rid of snoring.

Ventilation

Absence of ventilation results in reduced oxygen level in the bedroom. In order to retain normal function our body tend to intake more oxygen and results in snoring. There are two snoring remedies available. One is to open your all windows and second is to sleep in the fetal position or slightly elevated position.

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Modern Solutions For Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is an age-old problem that persists despite our modern advancements. For instance, a restful sleep eludes snorers because of the deadly breathing pauses and loud snoring that characterizes this condition. Many people lived with it for years without seeking treatment because they thought it was a normal discomfort some people are supposed to experience while sleeping that others do not. But along with the advancements in technology, we also realized that sleep apnea is a deadly disorder that needs to be treated like any other malady.

Conventional treatment for sleep apnea includes CPAP, anti-snoring mouthpieces like the SnoreRX and even surgery to correct anatomical deficiencies. Fortunately, there are more treatment options now than there was before and there are higher chances of really eradicating the symptoms and live snore-free for good. Some of these treatments may be invasive and not recommended for all people but it is worth a shot if you qualify and can afford it because of how effective it is so far.

Instead, Turner underwent a relatively new procedure: implanting a pacemaker-like device called Inspire for obstructive sleep apnea. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2014, the device is a remote-controlled chest implant plus two thin wires that runs under the skin monitoring a patient’s breath, delivering a mild electric current at night.

A clinical trial of Inspire therapy found a 78 percent reduction in the number of sleep apnea events per hour for patients.

“This is definitely an interesting solution for a good number of people,” said Capasso.

Inspire is an invasive procedure, so it is not recommended as a first-line treatment and not everyone is a candidate.

The price tag for the Inspire device is $20,000, with surgery costing extra. Insurance companies are reviewing requests on a case-by-case basis.

(Via: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/new-technology-may-help-ease-sleep-apnea-n760391)

Aside from the major side effect of waking up with a sore tongue, this device ensures you sleep well each night and less likely to be bothered by sleep apnea anymore. Get yourself tested first to make sure you qualify in using it because not everyone is a good candidate.

Sleek design and an engaging smartphone app revolutionize the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) experience for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers.

The ResMed pocket-sized AirMini CPAP device weighs just 300 grams, but functions as a fully integrated system, offering proprietary AutoSet functionality, as well as the innovative HumidX and HumidX Plus built-in waterless heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs). Both HMEs capture the patient’s exhaled breath in the mask tube and redeliver it to them, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of humidification without the hassle of carrying around distilled water.

(Via: https://www.hospimedica.com/critical-care/articles/294769255/smallest-cpap-redefines-sleep-apnea-therapy.html)

We all know that CPAP is the ideal treatment for sleep apnea but many people don’t like using it because it is not the most convenient thing to use especially that you have to sleep with it smack right on your face. The solution may be in the form of this mini CPAP device. It has all the features of the regular CPAP but way smaller in size and portable too, so you can also bring it with you when you travel. You no longer have to dread sleep because this mini CPAP device got everything covered. For maximum comfort, you can adjust its setting through the accompanying app that works on most smartphones or smart gadgets.

Beyond lifestyle changes and CPAP, specialists have a range of other approaches to treat sleep apnea. Choosing the right therapy depends upon determining the source of the problem and on patient preference. We start with a careful and thorough evaluation, including physical examination, a detailed medical history, an overnight sleep study and an endoscopy to look at the airways and arrive at the correct diagnosis.

For patients with large tonsils or an elongated soft palate, treatment can include removing the tonsils and shortening the palate. Another approach, especially when patients have excess or enlarged tissue at the back of the tongue, is transoral robotic surgery to remove the excess tissue, or radio frequency ablation which shrinks the tongue or soft palate.

In other cases, the very structure of the upper or lower jaw is the culprit. To eliminate the condition, oral surgeons can actually advance the upper and lower jaws to open up the airway.  These procedures have a high success rate, sometimes accompanied by an unintended consequence: a better-looking jaw line!

(Via: http://wtop.com/medstar-washington/2017/04/putting-sleep-apnea-bed/)

Everyone is unique and they react differently to these treatments. It is always a great idea to see your doctor first before deciding which treatment you want so that proper assessment can be made. While many conventional sleep apnea treatments haven’t fully delivered relief from the disorder yet, newer technologies are being developed that shows more promise. You can always try a different technology if the current one fails to provide comfort and relief.

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Why Your Heart Needs Sleep?

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No matter how healthy you are, you still need to sleep and recharge at the end of the day. Your body has its way of telling you it needs to rest for a while to prepare for the next day. And much more than that, your body needs sleep more than anything else or risk functioning like a zombie the following day. No matter what your preoccupations in life are, you should not push yourself to the limit by continually depriving it of its much-needed rest.

FYI, sleep maintains your physical health and healthy brain function. Learning (new information) is so much easier if you have slept well the night before. You’d be surprised at how badly your body suffers if you make it a habit of losing sleep whatever your reasons may be. Your heart is one of the major body organs that needs that eight hours of sleep the doctors recommend. Chronic sleep deprivation can leave you with stiff arteries that will make it harder for your heart to pump blood back to your body. Sounds scary but it is true.

Not getting enough sleep can double the chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, particularly in people with risk factors like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, US researchers said Wednesday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association were based on 1,344 adults who were randomly selected for a sleep study in Pennsylvania.

No matter what you do during the day, don’t sacrifice your sleep all the time just to get everything finished before hitting the sack. Your cardiovascular health greatly suffers even if you are a healthy person yourself. The sad thing, though, is that one in three American adults lack sleep or suffer from sleep-related disorders nowadays. Many should visit sleep clinics, but rarely do. Not good numbers at all.

Experts recommend that adults get at least seven to eight hours of a sleep per night.

“If you have several heart disease risk factors, taking care of your sleep and consulting with a clinician if you have insufficient sleep is important if you want to lower your risk of death from heart disease or stroke,” said lead author Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, an assistant professor at Penn State College of Medicine.

(Via: http://technology.inquirer.net/63094/lack-sleep-boosts-chance-death-heart-failure)

A healthy heart needs plenty of sleep. It’s what the experts are saying over and over again but many people are just too stubborn to give it the time of day. Shortchanging sleep is no longer new and many Americans are guilty of doing it for several decades now. Sleep is the last thing on people’s mind because of the many distractions in life and they are unknowingly harming their health.

The risk for death associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cerebrovascular disease (CBV) is significantly increased in adults who get fewer than 6 hours of sleep a night, a new study with objective sleep data indicates.

Short sleep “multiplies the risk of poor outcomes in people with CVD or stroke,” Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD, from the Sleep Research & Treatment Center, Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, told Medscape Medical News. 

“We need to look beyond sleep apnea when it comes to CVD morbidity and mortality,” Dr Fernandez-Mendoza said. “Most of these patients without sleep apnea but with CVD or stroke may complain of poor sleep or chronic insomnia, and we know now that when such objective short sleep is present their long-term prognosis is much worse.”

(Via: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/881103)

Habitual short sleepers are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. However, it is a vicious cycle many people can’t easily get out of mainly because of our modern lifestyle and the many distractions in our environment you can’t just easily ignore either. What you need to remember, though, is that you don’t develop a cardiovascular condition overnight. It is losing sleep repeatedly that gets you in trouble. Habitual short sleepers should be made aware of this so they know what they are getting themselves into by pushing their bedtime even further and how much their hearts suffer in silence.

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Blame Technology As To Why You Can’t Sleep At Night

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Most of you probably can’t live without technology. It is quite impossible to picture out your life without your handy tech gadgets by your side. After all, they sure make your life easier and you can avoid doing manual labor especially all those mundane yet tiring household chores. Of course, it has its downsides too. First off, you need to shell out money in buying and maintaining these gadgets and appliances. Repairs can be costly too. Running it takes some getting used to as well. Then, expect to see a rise in your electric bill as these appliances eat up way more electricity than you are used to.

Aside from these headaches that we have somehow already managed to overcome these past few decades, modern technology now threatens your health. Even medical experts consider these tech gadgets to be health risks because of the radiation they emit, the addiction that they have become, and how it messes up a person’s sleeping pattern over time. Bedtimes are pushed further as people today can’t seem to put their smartphones down. From social media to games, you can’t help but tinker with it until the wee hours of the morning.

A study on child development reveals that the use of mobile phones among children and adolescents’ impacts their sleep, mood and mental health. This special section of Child Development, edited by Dr. Zheng Yan and Dr. Lennart Hardell, adds important information to the research in this area. Dr. Zheng Yan explained said that there are nearly three billion children and adolescents in the world and most of them were, are, or will be various types of mobile technology users, interacting with and being influenced by mobile technology in numerous ways.

The findings revealed that risks of using mobile phones and its radiation impacts brain development. Mobile technology affects cognitive control and attention in contexts such as parenting and early brain development. Risks of sexting increases risky behaviour through peer pressure and social media interaction. Mobile technology also affects sleep, mood and mental health.

The findings suggested that mobile technology may pose potential dangers and areas where development may be supported. An important example is the work summarised by Dr. Lennart Hardell concerning radiation and brain development. Yan further explained that today’s mobile technologies have become a very unique and powerful influence on child and adolescent development.

(Via: http://www.financialexpress.com/health-3/mobile-usage-affects-sleep-mood-and-mental-health-of-teens/692515/)

These modern contrivances emit harmful blue light because of its short wavelengths. It’s not that big of an issue during the day but it is when night time falls because of its impact on the body’s melatonin levels, the hormone that signals “sleeping cues” so you can rest and relax after a long day’s work. It also throws your body clock or circadian rhythm off; making your sleep suffers and affects daytime performance too.

Sleep is an important part of development, especially during the teenage years.  In modern societies, smartphone use has become commonplace.  Many people read books, news, or emails on their smartphone prior to retiring for the night.  However, this may not be a wise idea.  The blue LED light emitted from smartphone screens mimics the morning sunlight, confusing your body’s natural circadian rhythm, possibly making it harder to fall asleep and get the quality sleep that you need.

A new study by Yoko Nose and colleagues in Child’s Nervous System examined the physiological effects of late-night smartphone use on a group of 36 boarding school students in Japan.  Being in a boarding school, the students’ schedules involving mealtime, lights-out, and wake-up times were regimented.  As they were not allowed to have computers or televisions in their dorm rooms, the smartphone was their only form of blue LED light emitting technology.  The coed-students, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years, were divided into two groups matched for age, gender and exercise habits.  One group was allowed greater than 120 minutes of smartphone use each night, and the other group was limited to less than 60 minutes of smartphone use nightly.  Prior to beginning the study, the students underwent a baseline evaluation following an overnight fast, including body temperature, anthropometric measurements, and electrocardiogram. After awakening each morning during the eight-day study, the students’ vital signs and temperatures were reassessed.

(Via: https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/effects-evening-smartphone-use-sleep-autonomic-nervous-system/)

This bright blue light that is as bright as sunlight itself confuses the brain and makes it think it is still day when it’s actually time to retire to bed. It disrupts your sleeping cycle leaving you unable to sleep until the early morning hours and consequently feel a drop in energy during the day. It all fits together, unfortunately. It’s true that your smart device has made you more connected to the world at large through the World Wide Web and opened up a lot of new opportunities as well but its serious health drawbacks are also valid reasons to make you question your priorities. Should you really devote all your free time fiddling with your gadgets rather than leading a healthy and active life without sacrificing sleep in the process?

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Should You Be Worried About Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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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.”

(Via: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/sleep-apnea-symptoms-treatment.html)

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.

(Via: http://www.self.com/story/9-signs-you-might-have-sleep-apnea)

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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Does Your Mattress Matter To Your Sleep?

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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 www.MattressFirm.com/TechReveal2017.

(Via: http://furninfo.com/Furniture-Industry-News/7749)

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.

(Via: http://www.t3.com/features/eve-mattress-review)

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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