Monday, January 9, 2017

Do you have both COPD AND OSA?

 COPD / OSA survey

Do you have both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) AND obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? We have created a survey to help us better understand what treatments you are currently using, to manage your COPD and OSA. Follow the link below to complete the five minute survey! Once we have collected your responses, we will share the results with you and the community on COPD360social and SleepHealth App Blog.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Do you need a new mask for your CPAP machine?

Start your New Year with a New Mask
 for your CPAP Machine

Do you use a CPAP machine? When was the last time you replaced your mask? Did you know it is recommended that you change your mask at least every 6 months? This is because the silicon can lose its structural integrity which can mean increased mask leak. A good seal makes therapy more effective and you get more benefit from your CPAP machine. 
Due to generous donations to the American Sleep Apnea Association, we have 2 different replacement masks available which we wanted to let you know about:
The ResMed Quattro masks are available in medium and large sizes and include headgear. The Philips Respironics Amara masks ship with 2 headgear sizes (small and large) and 4 cushion sizes (petite, small, medium and large). These both retail for over $175.
For a program donation of $25 you can get one mask, or two for $45, or even 3 for $60. All masks are shipped via USPS first class.
Just complete our simple online order form here. 
A prescription is required.
Make better sleep your New Years Resolution!
The ASAA Team
 Resmed Quattro
 Philips Respironics Amara

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Changing of the Clock is a Good Time to Discuss Sleep Health with Your Kids

 Your Child is Not Health if Their Sleep is Not Healthy

Good sleep promotes good health. Sleep represents a third of every person’s life and it has a tremendous impact on how we live, function and perform during the other two-thirds of our lives. It is indeed as vital as the air we breathe and the food we eat, especially for those with chronic diseases or compromised immune systems. While sleep health is always important, it might not be any more important during our development than during our childhood and teen years.

Key among the many changes in brain function that occur during adolescence is a significant shift in sleep patterns. From a biological perspective, at about the time of the onset of puberty, teens begin to experience a sleep-wake phase delay (later sleep onset and wake times), as a result of well- documented changes in circadian rhythms[i]. This is shown as a natural shift in the fall-asleep time to about two-hours later relative to middle childhood. At the same time, teen sleep needs do not decline significantly from pre-teen levels, and optimal sleep amounts remain in the range of 8 to 10 hours per night. On a practical level, this means that the average teen cannot fall asleep before 11 pm and has significant difficulty in waking before 8 am[ii].

Many studies, professional medical association policy statements and federal reports have documented that the average adolescent in the United States is chronically sleep deprived and pathologically sleepy. As a result, many high school students are at risk for adverse consequences of insufficient sleep including impairments in mood, affect regulation, attention, memory, behavior control, executive function, and impulse control. In particular, many studies have shown an association between decreased sleep duration and lower academic achievement at the middle school, high school and college levels, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness, and decreased motivation to learn[iii] [iv]. Other documented specific health-related effects of sleep loss in adolescents include increased use of stimulants (e.g., caffeine, prescription medications) to counter the effects of chronic sleepiness, which in turn may increase the risk of substance use later in adolescence and emerging adulthood[v]. Adolescents are also at greater risk for fatigue-related crashes, as well as athletic and other injuries, due to insufficient sleep[vi]. Chronic sleep loss increases subsequent risk of both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes[vii]. An association between short sleep duration and obesity in children and adolescents has been demonstrated in numerous studies, underscoring how chronic sleep loss can undermine the health of our nation’s young people[viii]. While a number of factors, including biological changes in sleep, lifestyle choices, athletic, extra-curricular, and academic demands impact sleep in students, the evidence strongly supports early school start times (i.e., before 8:00 am) as a key factor in contributing to sleep loss in middle and high school students[ix] [x] [xi] [xii] [xiii].

Furthermore, a substantial body of research now demonstrates that delaying school start times is an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss and has a wide range of potential benefits for students in regards to physical and mental health, safety, academic achievement, and athletic performance. Studies comparing high schools with start times as little as 30 minutes earlier to those with later start times demonstrate adverse consequences such as shorter sleep duration, increased sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, behavior problems, depression, and more school absences[xiv] [xv] [xvi]. Additionally, a substantial body of literature has confirmed that delaying high school start times results in increased sleep, decreased tardiness rates and absenteeism, improved performance on standardized tests, reduced self-reported depression, and fewer automobile collisions[xvii] [xviii]. The sleep health of adolescents has been recognized as an important issue by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the inclusion of a specific objective regarding improving the duration of teen sleep in Healthy People 2020; the nation’s health agenda[xix].

Parents, school staff and community leaders should promote sleep health along with exercise and nutrition as the fundamental building blocks of child development and a healthy lifestyle for all young people.

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