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12 Plants for Sound Sleep!

From Jayne Leonard, Natural Living Ideas. One way to ensure a better quality of sleep is to fill your home with beautiful flowers and plants. Not only do they look great and bring vitality and life to your living spaces, but they can have fantastic relaxing and purifying benefits – which in turn can promote a [...]

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Sleep Among the Trees in Suspended Tents!

Tent company, Tentsile recently added three new models to its range of suspended tents.It revealed Trillium, a small, stackable, versatile three-person hammock that can sleep up to three persons, Vista, a two-layer tree tent, and the biggest tent in the range, Trilogy – a massive communal shelter capable of holding six people, with three separate sleeping [...]

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The Smallest Softest Full Face Mask for Your CPAP!

Last month, Respironics came out with Amara View, the smallest and the softest full face mask for CPAP. The first patient we gave it out to just loved it. "If you have nasal congestion and claustrophobia, this is the best interface for you." Here, is a 4-minute video clip about Amara View.

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Seven Strong Reasons to Take One Nap a Day!

"A nap gives you two days in one!" -ChurchillWhile talking to Dan Rather of CBS News in 1993, Bill Clinton said, “If I can take a nap—even fifteen or twenty minutes—in the middle of the day, it is really invigorating to me. On the days when I’m a little short of sleep, I try to [...]

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Worsens Heart Function Even in the Absence of Congestive Heart Failure - a Study

A study published in this month’s Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine indicates that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is associated with cardiac dysfunction even in the absence of Congestive Heart Failure.A total of 79 patients with sleep disordered breathing, but preserved systolic function, and normal pro-brain natriuretic peptide level were enrolled. Sixty-five patients were classified to have [...]

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Want to Improve CPAP Use? Team Up with a Buddy - a Study

Poor adherence to the primary treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea—continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)—therapy is common, with 29% to 93% of patients being non-adherent to therapy when adherence is defined as greater than 4 hours of CPAP use per night.A study of 39 patients by Dr Parthasarathy et al. (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine – [...]

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Anxious @ CPAP? Try These Desensitization Techniques!

CPAP (Continuos Positive Airway Pressure) therapy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be frightening for some. I have seen fear on their faces as soon as I walk in the exam room to discuss the treatment. For those patients, I have successfully used the desensitization technique described by Jack D. Edinger and Rodney A. [...]

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How You can Help Your Husband Get Used to CPAP - a Study

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves sleep and quality of life for both patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and their spouses, but adherence to CPAP therapy can be a challenge.A study by Dr Baron and colleagues at Northwestern University (the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2012) assessed the effect of spousal involvement in CPAP [...]

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Yes, CPAP can Make You a Better Leader!

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a frequent and often under-diagnosed condition associated with upper airway collapse, oxygen drop, and sleep fragmentation leading to sleepiness, hypertension, increased risk of heart disease, and neuro-cognitive disturbance.The gold standard treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).Over the years, I have seen patients with untreated sleep apnea, who [...]

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What Does a Sleep Doc do When He Can't Fall Asleep?

Well, there are times even a sleep doc can’t fall asleep!This happens most commonly prior to a big trip or sometimes after a page from the hospital or a phone call from the sleep lab. I used to get frustrated and worried about the busy day next day, which in turn would make matters worse.Now, [...]

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