Monthly Archives: March 2014

Recent study shows specialized care improves sleep apnea care

Stroke and Sleep Apnea PhotoDoes specialized care make a difference for sleep apnea patients?

YES, says a recent study published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Results showed that patients who received care from board certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited centers are two-times more likely to be more adherent to Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy than those who received care from non-accredited physicians and non-accredited centers.

The study involved 502 patients with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) at four sleep centers. Participants received an objective diagnostic evaluation using overnight polysomnography and completed validated questionnaires.  Objective PAP therapy adherence was measured 3 months after therapy initiation.


According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. M. Safwan Badr, “Board certified sleep medicine physicians and the team of health care professionals at accredited sleep centers have the specialized training and expertise to provide high quality, patient-centered care for people with a sleep illness.”



Doctors of the study are hoping to push healthcare policy decision to direct care pathways involving accredited facilities and board-certified physicians.

“Whether you’re using an accredited or non-accredited center it is important to be aware of the quality of care you’re receiving,” commented People for Quality Care , Director of Advocacy, Kelly Turner.

For more information on the study – click here

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Do You Have Sleep Apnea: Video

Sleep Apnea Assoc Video Pic

This video, created by the American Association of Sleep Apnea, follows a man’s personal story as he struggled through the realization that sleep deprivation was causing significant problems in his life.

His wife stopped sleeping in their bed because he snored too loudly; he lost interest in attending social events because he was fatigued; and he realized his lack of focus at work was creating havoc for his career.

When he finally chose to see the doctor and was diagnosed, he was relieved when his symptoms had a name and various treatment solutions.

Watch the video here. Learn more at


Defy Sleepiness During Daylight Savings Time

Photo Credit: robstephaustrailia - Flickr Creative Commons

Photo Credit: robstephaustrailia – Flickr Creative Commons

This Sunday morning at 2 a.m., time will spring forward one hour. We’ll have less light in the morning and more in the evening.

How do you defy sleepiness during daylight savings time? Most people endure on with their daily routines, but in a more fatigued and sleep deprived state. Did you know that some studies show that the prevalence of car accidents and workplace injuries increases in the days following daylight savings?

Here are some simple tips to avoid the fatigue and combat it before it becomes a bigger issue.

Adjust Your Bed and Waking Time the Week Prior – Consider hitting the sack 15-30 minutes earlier and waking up earlier for a few days before the change. This will start the adjustment of your circadian rhythm earlier so the final change feels less drastic to your body.

Avoid Excessive Caffeine and Alcohol Consumption – The dehydration and other bodily adjustments caused by excess alcohol and caffeine will only make it harder on your system to cope with your new sleep times. Take the weekend off from these beverages in order to help your body transition well.

Exercise – Exercising releases a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which helps improve our mood and aids quality sleep. If you’re not used to exercising, consider a brisk walk in the morning to improve your happiness during this transition. If you have a routine workout and have been taking a break from it, it’s time to get started again.

Skip the Nap – No matter how busy you are on Saturday morning the day before, don’t take a nap in the afternoon. Encourage your sleepiness at nighttime and get to bed earlier instead.

Take Advantage of the New Sunlight – The sunshine also helps to release serotonin! Take advantage of the longer days and get outside to improve your mood and sleep at night.

Set the Clock Back on Saturday Night – Get your brain in gear to the new time earlier to allow for better adjustment by Monday.