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Thank you for updating your membership in your Talk About Sleep community where you’ll gain further knowledge, support, insights and a sense of community.  The more information we know about our members, the better able we are to provide relevant information and offers.

Be sure to check out the forums/message boards covering a myriad of new sleep topics!  As you know, your membership enables you to fully join the conversation by posting questions or comments.

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Sound waves can improve sleep and memory, study says

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 Originally posted by DIANE SHIPLEY HEALTH & FITNESS LEAVE A COMMENT

Sound wave therapy can improve sleep and memory, according to a new study fromNorthwestern Medicine in the US.

According to Psych Central, Neuroscience graduate student Nelly Papalambros wanted to find out if there was a non-invasive way to improve sleep quality, because of its many effects on health. Poor sleep has been linked to everything from cognitive problems (including memory issues and difficulty concentrating) to heart attack and disease, while insomnia drastically increases the risk of accident and injury.

Papalambros recruited study participants with an increased risk of heart disease, and measured their baseline stats and sleep patterns while they stayed at a sleep research centre overnight. She then tested whether playing a low-grade static noise could improve their quality of sleep. This sound was developed by Giovanni Santostasi and is personalised in order to be more effective.

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How To Get Better Sleep With A Snorer

About a quarter of people who are married or live with someone say that they’ve lost sleep because of their bed partner, according to a 2005 National Sleep Foundation survey.

And one of the biggest culprits — unsurprisingly — is snoring.

“Today” show viewers sent in video snapshots of what keeps them up at night. And while the results, seen in the clip above, are easy to laugh off, snoring can actually be serious.

Snoring “can be a sign of something more serious, called sleep apnea,” said Eric Cohen, M.D., an obstruction of the airways that can cause a snorer to stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night.

“Your body has to work harder, your heart has to work harder,” Cohen said about sleep apnea, which can lead to health concerns like increased risk of depression, diabetes and heart attack.

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Narcolepsy Community Turns a Punch Line into an Opportunity for Awareness

Narcolepsy Network (NN) and the entire narcolepsy community have long worked to dispel myths and misunderstanding about narcolepsy. When Honda Motor Company released a TV commercial using narcolepsy as a punch line, the community quickly and effectively lobbied to have the ad pulled from the airways and the internet. In addition, Honda was persuaded to make several PSAs about narcolepsy and air them on national TV.

NN is pleased that it could work with others in the narcolepsy community to seize the opportunity to increase awareness about narcolepsy with both a major international corporation and among the general public. NN continues to work to fulfill its mission to support people with narcolepsy and increase public awareness of narcolepsy.

The PSA

How it happened

It all began on a Saturday night last June when Narcolepsy Network Board of Trustees member Dr. Mark Patterson received a message from a friend alerting him to the commercial.

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Almost 40% of firefighters suffer from at least one sleep disorder

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Sleep problems could be a major factor in explaining why more than 60 percent of firefighter deaths are caused by heart attacks and traffic accidents, a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found.

Researchers sampled almost 7,000 firefighters across the U.S. and examined how many tested positive for sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, shift-work disorder and restless leg syndrome, the New York Times reports.

They found that 37 percent of firefighters suffered from at least one type of sleep disorder.

“Our findings demonstrate the impact of common sleep disorders on firefighter health and safety, and their connection to the two leading causes of death among firefighters,” said lead author Laura K. Barger. “Unfortunately, more than 80% of firefighters who screened positive for a common sleep disorder were undiagnosed and untreated.”

Barber’s team found that when compared with those who had a good night’s sleep, firefighters who had a sleep disorder were more likely to crash their car or fall asleep at the wheel.

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How snoring can ruin your day

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Picture: Thobeka Zazi Ndabula

QUESTION: I need urgent help. For the past three months I have been constantly exhausted. Most mornings I wake up with great difficulty. I also feel really groggy.

My partner is constantly on my case about me waking her up with my snoring.

She says I stop breathing when I sleep. I feel she is paranoid, but am concerned about my deteriorating function. I feel like a zombie for most of the day now.

ANSWER: The situation sounds very unpleasant. I’m sure it is placing major stress on your relationship. Disturbed sleep is a terrible thing and I do understand your partner’s frustration.

Snoring is often overlooked as a contributor to poor sleep and related health problems. People underestimate the long-term effects, besides losing a relationship partner or the passion in your bedroom.

Another misconception is that only obese people snore. Obesity is often a causative factor, but not always the only culprit.

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Sleep disorders peaking among young teens

Sleep problems and chronic daytime fatigue have nearly doubled among middle school-age children over the past 20 years. Finnish researchers note the proliferation of personal electronic devices and the popularity of energy drinks among the factors behind this trend. The long-term health consequences can be serious.

Kaksi alakoululaista poikaa on kumpartunut pulpettinsa ylle kirjoitustehtävään.
Image: Tuukka Myllymäki / Yle

Around 20% of middle school girls and 10% of boys in the same age group complain of chronic daytime fatigue.

According to surveys by Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the WHO’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children carried out by researchers at the University of Jyväskylä, the trend is likely to peak during this decade.

Previous studies have pointed to a number of lifestyle factors that impact the sleeping habits of the young, including the evening and nighttime use of electronic devices such as smartphones, video gaming devices, computers and electronic tablets.

“Usage of these devices has probably hit its ceiling, because in practice every schoolchild [in Finland] has a smartphone.

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ImThera Medical gets US FDA nod for pivotal study for obstructive sleep apnea device

Originally posted in PHARMABIZ.com San Diego, California
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 14:00 Hrs  [IST]

ImThera Medical, a privately held global medical device company, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has approved an investigational device exemption (IDE) for its THN3 Clinical Study. The THN3 Study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the aura6000 System for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in individuals who are unable to comply or unwilling to try PAP therapy or other OSA treatments. Data from this pivotal clinical study will be used to support a Pre-Market Approval (PMA) application for the aura6000 System.

“This is the most exciting innovation for the treatment of sleep apnea since CPAP,” said Michael Friedman, M.D., Professor of Otolaryngology and director of Chicago Sleep Center at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago IL and a study investigator. “I have had experience implanting the device during the earlier THN2 study.

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