Expert Interview about CPAP Machines

Join online Dr Steven Park interviewing Dr Ira Shapira, the founder of

When: 23 October 2012 , 8 pm EST.

Where: Register Online

Topic: Reasons why people hate the CPAP machine and what to do about it.

By registering you will be able to post your questions about the CPAP machine and during the teleseminar questions will be addressed.

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War Trauma Linked to Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea was more prevalent amongst post-Gulf War immigrants than in the pre-Gulf war immgrants . Other major chronic health issues such as cardiovascular disease would also become  part of their lives’ eventually.

“I was surprised, but we had a specific theory we wanted to test. Changes in the stress system would contribute to sleep apnea. What happens? Maybe it’s the stress that leads to this fractured sleep,” said Bengt Arnetz, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., School of Medicine professor of occupational and environmental health, deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at Wayne State, and the study’s principal investigator and first author. “No one had explored this possible link before, although basic research suggests it as plausible.”

More exposure to violence would cause more depression and PTSD .

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A study was conducted to determine whether obstructive sleep apnea mediates the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychosomatic and somatic disorders and its implications for self-rated health (SRH) among Iraqi immigrants in the United States. For details go

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One Hour of Extra Sleep Changes Kids’ Lives

More sleep means increased ability to focus, better behavior, emotional stability and less irritability for kids who also would be able to cope better during stressful times.   A study was conducted by Dr Reut Gruber, Psychologist at McGill University, on healthy kids aged between 7 and 11 years old.  The kids were either allocated one more hour of sleep or deprived of one hour from their snooze time.  Teachers were asked to report on 10 item questionnaire assessing the children’s attention, impulsivity, irritability and emotional reactivity at the end of the study period.

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More sleep gives children better handle on coping with stressful situations and better concentration skills.  “We know that sleep deprivation can affect memory, creativity, verbal creativity and even things like judgment and motivation and being (engaged) in the classroom,” explains Dr. Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. “When you’re sleepy, (being engaged) isn’t going to happen.”

Read more at CNN Health


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CPAP May Also Help Hypertension

221 recently diagnosed  sleep apnea patients who also had hypertension or diabetes  were prescribed the  CPAP therapy for the treatment of their sleep apnea.  The results of the study were published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Three to six months after the therapy began significant decrease in the systolic and diastolic readings of blood pressure were observed.  Based on these findings the researchers think their finding could be stretched out to other areas of chronic cases:

“All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions,” principal investigator Dr. Bharati Prasad said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “It’s important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea.”

However further studies need to be performed to be able to prove any associations between CPAP therapy and other conditions.

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Teens and Sleep

245 healthy young students participated in a week long study where duration of sleep and resistance to insulin were tracked.  They wore an actigraph in order to record their sleep time which averaged 6.4 hours during school days, less than over the weekend. This study is the only one that was conducted on healthy adolescents,  independent of obesity,  but where a link between shorter sleep time and higher resistance to insulin was studied.

“High levels of insulin resistance can lead to the development of diabetes,” said lead author Karen Matthews, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry. “We found that if teens that normally get six hours of sleep per night get one extra hour of sleep, they would improve insulin resistance by 9 percent.”

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Bedtime for Children with Sleep Disorders

Bedtime struggles could be  related to sleep disorders in children !  About 20% of children suffer from some sort of sleep disorder .  Children could suffer from sleep apnea or behavioral insomnia and that could be a cause for bedtime difficulties.

There are several types of behavioral insomnia of childhood, in which the child refuses or resists going to bed, falls asleep later than normal or is awake for prolonged periods of time during the night, prompting parental mediation.

A pediatrician should be consulted for the difficulties of sleep behavior to diagnose the root cause  whether it is physiological like tonsillectomy or other sleep comorbidities.

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Sleep Apnea Therapy Not to Be Interrupted

Researchers suggest that you continue and maintain any sleep apnea therapies you follow even after you have had bariatric surgery or weight loss.

The majority of patients under observation for study still needed their CPAP machines despite having lost weight :

“Our research confirmed that weight loss is associated with reduction in OSA, but it’s a complex relationship. The effects vary greatly between individuals. It seems that the largest improvement in OSA, is associated with mild to moderate, rather than extreme weight loss.”

About 60 obese patients were randomized betwee 2006-2009 at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  The patients had body mass index of between 33 and 55.

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Sleep Health and Safety 2013

The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health and Safety 2013 will take place march 1=2 at the Gaylord National Harbor DC in Maryland. Health Care professional and Public Health & Safety track will be presented.

This track will cover significant developments in the areas of sleep health and safety including national epidemiology data collections efforts, fatigue research and programs in transportation and other safety-sensitive occupations, drowsy driving policy and prevention efforts. Leaders in state and federal government, school and public health, occupational medicine, transportation, industry, and academia will discuss the state-of-the-art in protecting Americans from the consequences of fatigue and untreated sleep disorders.

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Sleep Apnea Focus of Study

Michigan Tech and Portage Health Sleep Disorders Center will be working together on a study on sleep disorders .  The study will be focusing on sleep apnea and strategies for therapeutic solutions for sleep apnea patients.

“We think there might be a relation between sleep apnea and glaucoma, due to the lack of oxygen,” said Smoot, director of the Sleep Disorders Center. “There are also studies that draw connections with asthma, diabetes, and increasing chances for strokes and heart attacks. And we know that alcohol use negatively impacts sleep apnea.”

Dr Carl Smoot and Jason Carter are heading the study at a location accredited by the American  Academy of Sleep Medicine .  The patients participating will be wier or monitored .  The American Heart Association is also interested in the study.

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New Tool For Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Four University of Auckland students have invented an affordable tool to diagnose sleep disorders without the need for expensive lab tests.  The tool is a belt which is to be worn around the chest to monitor breathing patterns during sleep ! No wiring or sensors are needed to be attached to the body ,  The sensors are located in the buckle.

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