Sleep Study

A Sleep Study – Connection Between Less Sleep and Weight Gain

Dr. Sperry and colleagues reviewed 23 studies of 56,259 adults and reported (August edition of SLEEP) that there indeed exists a significant, inverse relationship between sleep duration and waist circumference.

The Problem

In the United States in 2001, only 38% of adults reported getting eight hour of sleep per night, and, by 2009, that percentage had dropped to 28%. Several studies have demonstrated that insufficient sleep is associated with increased risk for poor physical health (including hypertension, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia) and mental health (including depressed mood, anxiety, and cognitive deficits). In parallel with the decrease in sleep, the prevalence of obesity has increased. In 2009–2010, 78 million US adults age 20 y and older were obese.

Sleep Study Conclusion

Cross-sectional studies done in various countries, demonstrate a significant negative relation between sleep duration and waist circumference, indicating shorter sleep durations may contribute to central obesity. This study gives us one more reason for us to commit ourselves to getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Please do everything you can to make sure you get a sound sleep of 7-8 hours every night.

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Sleep Health Tips

Simple Tips to Improve Sleep Health

How well and how much we sleep has great influence on the quality of our life. The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person but on average adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.

We each have a natural rhythm that guides our need for sleep called the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep. It is guided by environmental factors such as sunlight and temperature. Sleeping in sync with this rhythm is important for healthy sleep.

Listed below are tips for better sleep health.

Tip #1

Having a regular sleeping routine where you go to bed and wake the same time each night and day can help improve sleep. Consuming alcohol may seem like it helps increase sleepiness, but it actually disrupts your sleep pattern.

Tip #2

If you are sedentary it may cause you to not feel sleepy or cause excessive sleepiness. Regular exercise during the day can improve your sleeping habits.

Tip #3

Keeping a sleep journal will help you determine how best to help yourself. You’ll want to keep track of when you sleep and how rested you feel or don’t. It’s also good to keep track of when you use alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. You’ll want to note the medications you use, when and how you exercise, any lifestyle changes, and recent stressors.

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Lack of Sleep

Study Shows Lack of Sleep Can Shrink Your Brain

European researchers have identified an association between lack of sleep patterns like insomnia and the size of brain. They examined some 147 adults between the ages of 20 and 84 via two series of MRI scans.

The investigation indicated that 35% of those who experienced the criteria for poor sleep health had a more rapid decline in brain volume during the study than those who slept well.

Findings from Experts:

1. “Poor sleep can affect our immune systems, our cardiovascular health, weight and, of course, memories. But we still don’t know why,” said a neurologist and sleep specialist with Integrated Sleep Services in Alexandria, Virginia Dr. Neal Maru.

2.”Studies have shown poor sleep can cause protein buildup in the brain that attacks brain cells. So we’re still trying to put the puzzle together,” Dr. Maru explained.

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Lack of Sleep May Shrink Brain: Study




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CPAP TotalCare Launches Web-Based eHealth CPAP Therapy Program for CPAP Users, Therapy Providers & Clinicians

Broomfield, CO – CPAP TotalCare Inc. announced today the US beta launch of its CPAP TotalCare web-based CPAP Therapy program that makes therapy easier, more effective, and more efficient. This new eHealth web application and therapy program provides CPAP users a way to stay connected with their healthcare providers as well as efficiently self-monitor their CPAP and health data and manage their equipment and supplies. It allows CPAP therapy providers and clinicians to deliver the highest standard of care to a large patient population in an efficient and economical manner.

CPAP Therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the treatment of choice for a chronic, widespread, and serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  The objective of CPAP TotalCare is to improve patient satisfaction and adherence to CPAP therapy while, at the same time, reducing overhead and increasing revenue for CPAP equipment providers and clinicians.

“CPAP therapy providers have been looking for an affordable and efficient way to stay in touch with, and manage, their CPAP patients.” said Doug Hudiburg, Founder and CEO of CPAP TotalCare.  “Because of the inherent difficulty of staying in close contact with a growing pool of patients, therapy providers, patients, and their physicians often lose touch – which leave the patient isolated and unsupported – something none of the stakeholders want.”

CPAP TotalCare is building the world’s most effective CPAP Therapy management program. The company is intensely focused on providing CPAP users with the tools, resources, and support they need in order to get the best possible result from their experience with CPAP Therapy. For Clinicians and therapy providers, the solution addresses the fundamental problems and inefficiencies related to managing CPAP Therapy.


CPAP TotalCare makes CPAP therapy best practices scalable and profitable through…

  • Standardized, evidence-based patient management protocols and business processes
  • Low-cost interactive follow-up & patient support – with email, text messaging, and secure private messaging
  • Self-service supply ordering and patient payment collections – retail/self-pay or 3rd party payer
  • Efficient patient management technology – automating many tasks and greatly streamlining others with standardized workflows
  • Therapy and health metrics tracking – support for all major CPAP machine and CPAP mask types, wearables, and health peripherals including Withings, FitBit, and Jawbone devices.
  • Document storage & sharing, equipment & supply maintenance schedule, video reference materials, and much more.

According to the company, the intent of this beta phase of the software is to work very closely with therapy providers, patients, and clinicians to test, improve, and refine the CPAP TotalCare program through user feedback.   “We’ve taken the application just far enough to have the basics in place, the best stuff is yet to come because it will be driven by user needs” Hudiburg said.

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