Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tongue Exercises to Improve Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The tongue is a muscle and like all muscles, relaxes while a person sleeps. The tongue plays an important role in breathing and even while relaxed should not pose as a problem as long as its size is normal. However, when a large tongue relaxes during sleep, it has the tendency to collapse and fall back down to one’s throat. This occurrence can lead to episodes of obstructive apnoea which can prove to be dangerous to a person’s health and subsequently, life

There are actually tongue exercises one can do to lessen the negative effect of obstructive sleep apnoea. A study done by the American Journal of Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine indicated that OSA patients who did throat and tongue exercises showed a decrease in neck circumference, slept better as they snored less and attained a 39% reduction of their sleep disorder.… Read More...

Eliminate the Side Effects of CPAP Therapy

A lot of innovations have been applied to the continuous positive airway (CPAP) machine for us to enjoy a lighter and quitter machine fitted with helpful options to lessen dry mouth, dry skin, and nasal congestion. A timer to slow down the build-up of pressure to let users adapt and help them fall asleep more quickly is another great feature. The availability of various mask styles also allowed users to find the one that suits them.

How CPAP works

However, even with the new technology, people still have CPAP therapy side effects. These problems can be prevented if the CPAP user learns about the problems that may occur.… Read More...

How Much Sleep Do Babies and Kids Need?

Babies, young children and even teens need more sleep than adults in order to support their physical and mental development. Every parent knows that growing children need a good night sleep but most do not know how much sleep their children require, and the effects of lack of sleep.

It is sometimes hard to know if your children are getting enough sleep because even when drowsy with sleep, they don’t necessarily slow down. Children do have the tendency to resist bedtime and at times even become very active as the evening goes on.

Sleep loss in children could also be due to underlying psychiatric conditions such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).… Read More...

Other Types of Parasomnias

There are other types of parasomnias that have been categorized.

RBD or REM sleep behavior disorder is a parasomnia where a person acts out his dreams as he sleeps. The dreams are quite vivid and usually action-packed, some to the point of violent. Actions may include flailing, swearing, punching, grabbing, kicking, leaping and jumping. As this type of sleep disorder is often ignored, the situation usually escalates to the point that results in injury to the person with RBD or his bed partner. RBD is not to be confused with sleep terrors and sleepwalking. In this case, the person is easy to wake up and can recall details of his dream.… Read More...

What are Parasomnias?

Parasomnias is another group of sleep disorders that involves or pertains to involuntary and unwanted experiences or events that happen while one is falling asleep, or during sleep or upon waking up. These may involve emotions, movements, dream perceptions and behaviors that are abnormal. The intriguing aspect of parasomnias is that the person remains asleep while the occurrences are happening and has no recollection of said occurrences upon waking up. People with parasomnia naturally have trouble sleeping through the night.

Different Types of Parasomnias

The different types of this sleep disorder includes confusional arousal, sleep walking, sleep terrors, sleep eating disorder, REM sleep behavior disorder, sleep paralysis, nightmares, bedwetting, sleep hallucinations, exploding head syndrome and sleep talking.… Read More...