My Snoring Solution - Featured on TV Medical Show
I ordered your jaw supporter and my wife loves it. It keeps me
from snoring, and I've recommended it to several of my
"We've been married for 21 years. Several times during the
night my wife would punch me. That was the code for, "Roll
over on your side so you quit snoring." I have used your "My
Snoring Solution" now for 2 nights. My wife reports an amazing
difference in that I am no longer snoring, on my back or my
side, but what has amazed me the most is how much better I
feel after a night's sleep! Thanks for a great night's
San Diego, CA
"In the years before I began using the My Snoring Solution jaw
supporter I would stop breathing dozens (perhaps hundreds) of
times during the night which created a REM (deep) sleep
deprivation. Understand; during REM is the only time when your
heart and major muscle groups relax. REM is vital to healthy
living. I was an OSA poster child, plagued with daytime
fatigue, lack of motivation, poor performance at work,
clinical depression and all of the other life destroying
symptoms of sleep deprivation. Since I began using the My
Snoring Solution jaw supporter I no longer have the life
threatening symptoms of OSA. I sleep normally, all night
long. No more waking up countless times, snorting, snoring and
going to the bathroom. My depression is gone and I have a
renewed energy and mental clarity that reminds me of when I
was 14-years old!"
Perry V. 44-years old
My husband works the 3-11 shift. He arrives home late and
sleeps until around 9 A.M. Before he began using the My
Snoring Solution jaw supporter he snored so loud that I had to
wear earplugs and sleep on the other side of the house. One of
my neighbors suggested the My Snoring Solution jaw
supporter. My husband and I reviewed the website and ordered
one. He wore it the first night it arrived. At 7 A.M. the next
morning we awoke to the amazement that my husband had slept
all night without snoring. Needless to say, I am truly
thankful and can't recommend it strongly enough.
Our 5-year old son was diagnosed as ADHD. We had received
notes from his teacher regarding his inattentiveness on a
regular basis. At night, his snoring was so loud we could hear
him even when we closed his bedroom door, and ours.
We had heard about the My Snoring Solution jaw supporter and its
effects on snoring and when we saw the CNN news article
(below) we decided to order one. It arrived on a Friday and he
began wearing it every night (btw, he loves it!)
Next Friday, when he came home from school he had won the
"Golden Bear Award" for the week. This award goes to the
student who was most well behaved during the week.
Attached to the award was a note from the teacher. This time
she said, "Caleb has shown a 180 degree turnaround in his
attentiveness this week. Did you start him on medication? If
so, what kind?"
Needless to say, we love our My Snoring Solution jaw
supporter! It's amazing.
Bo & Nicky Cable
I was the quintessential snorer! Seriously, I had a reputation
as the loudest in my dorm at college. Nothing much has
changed. In fact, my snoring may be one of the primary causes
of my divorce. Currently, I live with my mom and she could
hear my snoring with my door closed and the TV playing.
When I saw the My Snoring Solution jaw supporter online, I
thought, "I've got nothing to lose" and I ordered one. I began
wearing it (at night) from the first day it arrived. My
snoring ceased immediately. This is the only anti-snoring
product that I can recommend as it is the only one that has
ever worked for me, and I've tried them all!
Dr. Nick Schaeffer
I purchased your snoring solution head gear out of
desperation. I have most of the symptoms listed and I was
supposed to get a CPAP machine but my insurance didn't cover
it, nor did I want to be hooked up to a machine nightly. I
purchased your product and found it surprisingly comfortable!
It also works!! I now sleep through the night, getting up only
once for a bathroom break, not up and down for hours. I don't
snore, I don't spend hours trying to get back to sleep during
the night and I fall asleep within a couple of minutes of
first lying down at night. I have only had it for a week but
my hopes are that it will help with the energy level and
depression also. It isn't even as unattractive as I had
imagined. My only request, from my husband, is can you make it
in black lace?? LOL
Sincerely, Karen S.
"The My Snoring Solution jaw supporter is the greatest thing to happen
for the prevention of snoring and OSA since CPAP. No matter
your age or body weight, you have a good chance that this
product will work for you. It has tremendous promise."
Clinical Trial Sleep Lab Technician
Comfortable and Effective Anti-snoring Product!
How it works - Snoring research
has shown that a jaw supporter, keeping the lower jaw in an
upward position increases the three dimensional space
in the airway, reduces air velocity and soft tissue
vibration. This action can eliminate or substantially reduce
Are You Snoring Yourself To Death?
5 years ago I almost died from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA.) My
nights were filled with multiple bathroom trips, kicking and
punching while sleeping and deprivation of restful sleep. As I
awoke one morning, eyes blood shot and completely exhausted
from literally fighting for my life all night, it was then,
lying on my back in bed I decided to go and get a CPAP. It was
either get help or die.
Later in the day, I drove across town to the medical supply
store where I learned I had to have a prescription in order to
buy a CPAP machine. The technician explained that I could
obtain a prescription after I participated in a sleep study
(polysomnography.) I called the doctor's office from my cell
phone and learned the shocking news: It would take about 3
months to get into a sleep clinic for a polysomnography. I told
the person on the phone, "I'll be dead in 3 months."
I thanked her and ended the call.
On the drive home I kept saying over and over to myself,
"If I could just keep my mouth closed while I'm sleeping,
I wouldn't be able to have the episode.” I felt that OSA was a
mechanical failure of the jaw and it seemed to reason that if I
could keep my jaw up while I was sleeping, then my tongue
couldn't fall back far enough to close off my air.
I arrived home late in the afternoon where I took a bath towel
and ripped a 2" strip down one side. I took the strip,
placed it under my chin and wrapped each end over the top of my
head and tied a knot. Now my jaw was "supported," so
to speak. I could still talk or take a drink of water, but the
jaw would not be able to fall excessively backwards when I
entered REM (deep) sleep. Then, I laid down on my bed and went
Twelve hours later I woke up, lying there staring into my
glowing wrist watch and doing the math 3 times: I'd actually
been asleep for 12 hours without waking up. As I sat up on the
edge of my bed, I could feel renewed strength and vitality. I
don’t have the words to tell you what that moment felt like, I
just remember thinking, "There are a lot of other people
who need to know about this." And the My Snoring Solution
jaw supporter was born.
During the past 5 years the My Snoring Solution jaw supporter
has in my opinion evolved into a comfortable and effective jaw
supporter. Before, my snoring echoed throughout the house. Now,
when I sleep my kids have to turn the light on to see if I'm in
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Defined
When the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the
throat, the airway narrows forcing air through the small
opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as
snoring. Like allergies, you probably weren't born with a
snore. Rather, you acquired it over time.
Many people begin sleeping with their mouth open at about 5
years of age. Gradually, muscle tissues in the mouth and throat
can be stretched beyond their intended range. When this
happens, snoring and the health risks associated with OSA
increase. An effective jaw supporter holds the lower jaw upward
and helps re-train tissue in the mouth and throat. Whether
immediate, or gradual a reduction in snoring and OSA often
OSA episodes occur when the tongue or soft tissues of the throat
or soft palate collapse onto the back wall of the upper airway,
forming a blockage that prevents air from entering the
lungs. The negative pressure of inhaling pulls harder on your
tongue, sealing the airway tightly.
To resume breathing, the person must awaken (although one rarely
remembers the awakening) and create tension in the tongue and
throat tissue. This process opens the airway and causes a
distinctive snorting sound. Within a short period of time this
process often repeats itself. Several hundred OSA episodes
during an 8-hour sleep time are not uncommon. Consequently, the
repetition of OSA episodes can cause chronic fatigue and other
major health problems.
During the REM stage is when your major muscle groups (heart,
etc.) relax. Without adequate REM sleep, your chances of heart
failure are much greater than average. According to the
National Sleep foundation 70% of all congestive heart failure
and 60% of all strokes are directly related to some form of sleep
disorder, primarily OSA.
Proper REM sleep eliminates many OSA symptoms during sleep time
including: Limb jerking, punching, kicking, loud snorting,
cessation of breathing, excessive daytime irritability, daytime
fatigue, memory problems, poor concentration skills, heartburn,
acid reflux, multiple trips to urinate during sleep time,
depression, ADHD symptoms, loss of motivation and loss of motor
How a Jaw Supporter Can Help Prevent Snoring and OSA
Snoring research has shown that a jaw supporter (worn during
sleep time) that keeps the lower jaw in an upward
position increases the three dimensional space in the airway
tube which reduces air velocity and soft tissue vibration. By
increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway and preventing
soft tissue vibrations, snoring can be eliminated or substantially
reduced. The My Snoring Solution jaw supporter comfortably
keeps the lower jaw in an upward/forward position and increases
three-dimensional space in the airway.
A jaw supporter is based on the same principle as CPR. The
airway must be open to allow air to pass through the throat. A
constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring and/or OSA. A
jaw supporter can hold the lower jaw in a position so that it
does not fall backwards/down during the night and cause the
airway to collapse. Maintaining a clear airway improves
breathing and reduces snoring.
The My Snoring Solution jaw supporter may help provide healthy
REM sleep and normal jaw positioning, reducing the OSA
associated health risks without the need for surgery,
medications, cumbersome devices or therapy. Current CPAP users
may discover wearing a jaw supporter improves the comfort and
effectiveness of their CPAP. Additionally, some CPAP users
report that they are able to stop using CPAP while wearing a
Clinical Trial Test Results For The My Snoring Solution Brand Jaw Supporter
The initial small scale sleep study consisted of ten patients who were
tested and diagnosed with OSA. See "TABLE 1 - Baseline
Approximately 2 years later the same ten patients participated
in an additional sleep study. See "TABLE 2" [below.]
During the second study the participants slept through the
night using the mysnoringsolutions.com Jaw Supporter. The study
information is posted specifically for the purpose of comparing
the number of snores and OSA episodes of the participants
during the two studies. Some patients experienced:
- A substantial reduction in the number of OSA episodes
- A substantial reduction in the number of snores
- Lower blood pressure readings in the morning
Most experienced: An increase in their oxygen saturation level.
Table 1 - Baseline Study No Jaw Supporter or Other Sleep Aid
||BLOOD PRESSURE AM
||BLOOD PRESSURE PM
Table 2 - Study Using The "My Snoring Solution" brand Jaw Supporter
||BLOOD PRESSURE AM
||BLOOD PRESSURE PM
Ahmed Kutty, MD
Doctor Of Pulmonary Medicine
St. Mary Hospital
Lack of Sleep and Attention Deficit Disorder ADD Symptoms Seen In Patients with Sleep Apnea
WPXI-PITTSBURGH -- Can trouble sleeping affect an asthmatic's
condition? Can it cause someone to develop the symptoms of
attention deficit disorder?
New research says both are true.
Researchers at the big lung and critical care medicine
meeting say that lack of sleep can play a role in both the day
and night symptoms of asthma, and that sleep problems ranging
from simple insomnia to sleep apnea can cause someone to have
attention deficit disorder. "You seem short of breath and
it gets worse and worse and then suddenly you can't
breathe. It's like somebody strangling you." Mary Kane has
But her problems may not be limited to just breathing.
New research presented at the American College of Chest
Physician's Annual Meeting shows asthmatics on the whole suffer
significant sleep quality disturbances, and in turn, end up
being sleepy during the daytime.
"So we have 487 patients, which I believe makes it
the, of not one of the largest trials to look at sleep and
asthma. And we found that their sleep is pretty bad. A full 30
percent of them categorize their sleep as poor or bad,"
says Dr. John Mastronarde, study researcher at Ohio State
50 percent of the patients studied reported waking up every
night more than three times a week. The sleep disturbances
translated into daytime sleepiness.
"We know from previous data in the literature that
that has a significant consequences for public health, folks
who are sleepy in the day have a high risk for car accidents,
poor performance at work, etc," Mastronarde states.
There is also a chicken-egg scenario, in that the
researchers found that not only does asthma create bad sleep,
but that bad sleep in and of itself can worsen an asthmatic's
"We saw if your sleep is worse and then it gets better
we saw that your overall quality of asthma got better as
well," says Mastronarde.
Other research presented shows those with sleep apnea, a
condition where a person stops breathing hundreds of times a
night, can develop have a worsening of attention deficit
Of the patients studied with moderate to severe attention
problems, 60 percent had their ADHD resolved after being placed
on CPAP. The researchers believe that it doesn't just apply to
sleep apnea, that any sleep problem can create ADHD-type
Dr. Clifford Risk, the author of the study from the
Marlboro Center for Sleep Disorders, says, "If they have
ADHD the doctor should be asking them how their sleep is, do
you snore or have sleep apnea and/or do you have insomnia at
ADD symptoms were seen in patients with sleep apnea who had
no prior history or evidence of ADD, meaning, the daytime
sleepiness can actually cause add type symptoms.
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with a Chinstrap
Recently, anesthesiologists* in Japan released clinical trial information that demonstrates how a chinstrap alone improved obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) symptoms as well as or better than the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP.) After obtaining permission from Kochi Municipal Hospital, the anesthesiologists conducted a limited pilot study that included 30 patients.
In the study, the use of CPAP shows substantial improvement in the patient’s OSA. However, the chinstrap appeared even more effective than CPAP. Additionally, the chinstrap improved the AHI better than CPAP and did not provoke the onset of sleep apnea episodes.
The anesthesiologists went on to report, “Maneuvers such as chin lift and jaw thrust improve airway patency and ventilation in anesthetized, spontaneously breathing children as well as in adults. In conclusion, lateral positioning combined with common airway maneuvers significantly improved airway patency.”
OSA symptoms are often responsible for daytime sleepiness, motor vehicle crashes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Treatments include weight loss, limiting alcohol consumption, CPAP, dental appliances and surgical interventions.
*Young-Chang P. Arai, MD, Kayo Fukunaga, MD, Seiji Hirota, MD, and Shoji Fujimoto, MD - Department of Anesthesiology, Kochi Municipal Hospital; and Department of Anesthesiology, Kochi Medical School, Kochi, Japan
Are Kids Snoring Their Way To ADHD? -Researchers Conclude
Sleepiness And Sleep Apnea May Be Exhibited As Symptoms Of
CNN Headline News -CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- New research
suggests children who snore face nearly double the risk of
being inattentive and hyperactive, providing fresh evidence of
an intriguing link between sleep problems and attention deficit
CNN Headline News recently reported on a study that new
research suggests children who snore face nearly double the
risk of being inattentive and hyperactive, providing fresh
evidence of an intriguing link between sleep problems and
attention deficit disorders.
Children's behavioral problems may be linked to their sleep
habits, according to a new study. Children who snore often are
nearly twice as likely as other children to have attention and
hyperactivity problems, found a new study by the University of
Michigan Health System. The results, published in the March
issue of the journal Pediatrics, provide some of the most solid
evidence ever of a link between sleep problems and
behavior. The link is strongest in boys under 8. Snorers in
this group were more than three times more likely than
non-snorers to be.
The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research
estimates that 38,000 cardiovascular deaths, due to sleep
apnea, occur each year in the US. Over the long term, serious
sleep apnea conditions have been linked to a greater risk of
hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. However, sleep apnea
was not well understood or recognized by the medical community
until recently. And only a fraction of sufferers have been
diagnosed and treated.
Can Snoring Kill? Dental Surgeons Say They've Found Why Snoring
Snoring Can Indicate Serious Upper Airway Disorders. Blocked
Airways Increase Blood Pressure, Damaging Arteries and Leading
WASHINGTON (Reuters) Dental surgeons discover why snoring can
kill: It can actually cause damage to the arteries.
Although considered harmless, snoring can actually indicate
a serious medical condition called sleep apnea. Marked by
irregular breathing, sleep apnea often causes sufferers to stop
breathing completely for up to several seconds and has even
been linked to stroke and heart disease in some patients.
"When persons with sleep apnea fall asleep, their
tongue falls back into their throat, blocking their
airway," Dr. Arthur Friedlander, an oral surgeon who
worked on the study conducted at University of California's
School of Dentistry, said in a statement.
"As they struggle for breath, their blood pressure
soars...This rise in blood pressure damages the inner walls of
the carotid arteries lining the sides of the neck," he
added. "Cholesterol and calcium stick to the injury sites
and amass into calcified plaques, which block blood flow to the
brain. The result is often a massive stroke."
According to Dr. Friedlander, these deposits of calcium
deposits are merely the tip of the iceberg. "The X-ray
can't show the true size of the plaque, which is also made up of
fat, platelets, and other soft tissue." When a person is
suffering from sleep apnea, air cannot flow in or out of the
nose or mouth. Oxygen is not taken in so carbon dioxide builds
to dangerous levels in the blood.
"It's like pressing a pillow over someone's face,
Lack of Sleep Linked To Weight Problems
American Diabetes Association Clinical Trials Suggest Lack of
Sleep Linked To Overweight and Obesity
In addition to the known health problems caused by lack of
sleep, research suggests that too little sleep causes hormone
changes that might lead to obesity. 924 people, 18 to 91 years
of age were divided into four groups: normal weight,
overweight, obese, and extremely obese. The researchers
compared body mass to total sleep time and concluded that the
less people slept, the heavier they tended to be (except in the
extremely obese group.)
In addition to diet and exercise, quantity of sleep may be a
key part of any weight-loss program. Overweight people are
encouraged to examine their sleep quantity to improve
weight-loss progress and results.
Why Sleep Is Good for You and Skimping On It Isn't
Does it really matter if you get enough sleep?
Absolutely. Thanks to sleep studies conducted over the past
several decades, it is now known that sleep has distinctive
stages that cycle throughout the night. Your brain stays active
throughout sleep, but different things happen during each stage.
For instance, certain stages of sleep are indeed vital for us
to feel well rested and energetic the next day, and other
stages help us learn or make memories.
Not only does the quantity of your sleep matter, but the
quality of your sleep (restful sleep) is essential to good
health. When sleep is interrupted or cut short, one might not
get enough of certain stages of sleep. In other words, how well
rested you are and how well you function the next day depends
on your total sleep time and how much of the various stages of
sleep you receive each night.
A number of vital tasks carried out during sleep time help
maintain good health and enable people to function at their
best. On the other hand, not getting enough restful sleep can be
dangerousfor example, you are more likely to be in a car crash
if you drive when you are drowsy.
How Much Sleep Is Enough?
Sleep needs vary from person to person, and they change
throughout the lifecycle. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep
each night. Newborns, on the other hand, sleep between 16 and
18 hours a day, and children in preschool sleep between 10 and
12 hours a day. Schoolaged children and teens need at least 9
hours of sleep a night. Teen girls between 14-17 years of age
may need as much as 12-14 hours.
Could You Have a Sleep Disorder?
Are you spending enough time in bed, only to awake feeling
exhausted and sleepy during the day? If so, you may be one of
the estimated 40 million Americans with a sleep
disorder. Relationships, along with school and job performance,
often suffer because of persistent daytime fatigue that
develops as a result of continuously disrupted sleep.
The most common sleep disorders are OSA, insomnia, restless
legs syndrome and narcolepsy. Although sleep disorders can
significantly affect your health, safety, and wellbeing, they
can almost always be treated.
With the increased awareness in the doctor and patient
communities, a growing number of new OSA patients are expected
to be identified in the next few years.
Researchers and clinicians have recognized OSA as one of
the most common sleep disorders and with perhaps the greatest
medical and social impact on society in terms of morbidity and
mortality. The syndrome strikes all sexes and all races, ages,
socioeconomic strata, and ethnic groups, though it is less
common in women prior to menopause, and may be more common in
blacks than in whites.
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these signs of a
- You consistently take more than 30 minutes each night to
- You consistently awaken several time each night and then
have trouble falling back to sleep, or you awaken too early
in the morning.
- You often feel sleepy during the day, you take frequent
naps, or you fall asleep at inappropriate times during the
- Your bed partner says that when you sleep, you snore
loudly, snort, gasp, make choking sounds, kick, and punch or
stop breathing for short periods.
- You have creeping, tingling, or crawling feelings in your
legs or arms that are relieved by moving or massaging them,
especially in the evening and when trying to fall
- Your bed partner notices that your legs or arms jerk during
Children can have some of these same signs when they have a
sleep disorder, but they often do not show signs of excessive
daytime sleepiness. Instead they may seem overactive and have
difficulty focusing or doing their best in school, which can be
easily confused for ADHD.
Importance of Restful Sleep
In humans, it has been demonstrated that the metabolic
activity of the brain decreases significantly after 24 hours of
sustained wakefulness. Sleep deprivation results in a decrease
in body temperature, a decrease in immune system function as
measured by white blood cell count (the soldiers of the body),
and a decrease in the release of growth hormone. Sleep
deprivation can also cause increased heart rate variability.
For our nervous systems to work properly, sleep is needed. Sleep
deprivation makes a person drowsy and unable to concentrate the next
day. It also leads to impairment of memory and physical performance
and reduced ability to carry out mathematical calculations. If
sleep deprivation continues, hallucinations and mood swings may
Release of growth hormone in children and young adults takes
place during deep sleep. Most cells of the body show increased
production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep
sleep. Sleep helps humans maintain optimal emotional and social
functioning while we are awake by giving rest during sleep to
the parts of the brain that control emotions and social
Love Handles and Fat Gain In Men
Men who suffer with OSA often gain weight in the abdomen due
to the process of age. As men age, they typically get less and
less sleep. With less deep sleep or slow wave sleep there is
less bodily production of the growth hormone. That deficiency
is associated with increased fat tissue and abdominal obesity,
reduced muscle mass and strength, and reduced exercise
Sleepless Nights Can Cause Worse Problems Than Grumpiness
Most people take about 15 minutes to fall asleep, says
researcher Thomas Roth, M.D.
Confession time: My husband has actually uttered the words
"I'd rather take a nap than have sex." Is our
marriage on the rocks? No, like 75 percent of adults, our
problem is sleep -- he has insomnia; I snore.
We seem to be too busy to get enough sleep. On average,
Americans sleep roughly 7 hours a night, 1 to 2 fewer hours per
night than they did 40 years ago. And when we do hit the sack,
sleep doesn't necessarily follow. No wonder my husband and I
sometimes feel like zombies. Worse, there could be serious
health repercussions due to our lack of shut-eye.
Do you have a sleep disorder?
How much sleep each person needs varies, though the
differences may not be as great as you think, says Eve Van
Cauter, Ph.D, professor of medicine at the University of
Chicago. Studies have shown that sleep capacity - how long
you'll sleep if you go to bed and get up whenever you want is
about 8 hours and 45 minutes for healthy young males (the group
that's been researched most). In three separate studies, that
amount varied less than 30 minutes from person to
person. "A lot of people who believe they need only 4 hours
of sleep are unconsciously depriving themselves," Van
Most people need 7 to 8 hours a night, according to
Lawrence Epstein, M.D., regional medical director for Sleep
Health Centers in Boston, Massachusetts, and former president of
the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
"The idea shouldn't be to get into bed, fall asleep
instantly, sleep a set number of hours, and wake up never
having had your sleep disturbed," he explains. "The
target should be to get an adequate amount of sleep to feel
rested during the day."
How do you know you're not getting enough z's? "If
you're falling asleep in 1 or 2 minutes, you're probably sleep
deprived," says Thomas Roth, M.D., director of the Sleep
Disorders and Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit,
On average, it takes most people about 15 minutes to fall
asleep, though Roth notes that "it takes some people more
time, some people less." Another way to tell if you're not
sleeping enough is to monitor daytime sleepiness. Chronic
daytime sleepiness is not normal, says Michael Twery, Ph.D.,
acting director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders
Research. "People can live for decades and never
appreciate that they have a sleep disorder and how it's
affecting their lives."
The downside of running on empty
Scientists are finding more evidence that sleep deprivation
can affect appetite, weight gain, diabetes risk, the strength
of your immune system, and even your chance of developing
In 2004, University of Chicago researchers restricted a
group of men to only 4 hours of sleep per night. After just 2
nights, the men had an 18 percent decrease in leptin, a hormone
that tells your brain when you are full, and a 28 percent
increase in ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger. These
results were reinforced last October by a study of almost
10,000 adults that found that people who slept fewer than 7
hours a night were more likely to be obese than those who got 7
hours of shut-eye. "
Chronic sleep deprivation causes changes in metabolism that
produce a state that stimulates hunger," Epstein
explains. Sleep deprivation can also affect how your body
handles insulin; insulin resistance puts you at risk for weight
gain and diabetes.
In a study that's still under way, Van Cauter and her
colleagues are looking at chronic sleep loss in a group of
normal-weight men and women under age 30. Over 6 months, those
who slept fewer than 6.5 hours a night were more
insulin-resistant than normal sleepers who logged 7.5 to 8
hours per night.
The short sleepers, the study shows so far, need to produce
30 to 40 percent more insulin to dispose of the same amount of
glucose. Still other studies suggest that over time, sleep loss
may play a role in the development of depression.
"Positive moods are lower in people with sleep
loss," Van Cauter says, "and mood isn't stable over
the 24-hour cycle. People have lower moods in the morning. They
also have higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. All
those changes are typical of clinical depression."
Whether its depression, diabetes, or a bigger dress size,
the threat posed by sleep deprivation is real. Sleep disorders
can be treated, but often patients fail to recognize the
problem -- leading to more sleepless nights.
Restful Sleep Directly Related to Good Health
Clinical trials show that not getting enough sleep or
getting poor quality sleep on a regular basis increases the
risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart
failure, stroke and other medical conditions. The National
Sleep Foundation reports that 70% of all congestive heart
failure and 60% of all strokes is directly related to a sleep
"Virtually all heart attacks come down to a failure to
deliver oxygen to the hardworking heart muscle,1" Philip
Stavish, M.D. OSA causes a drop in blood oxygen saturation
(SaO2) and an increase in the blood's carbon dioxide
(CO2). When the SaO2 drops, the heart will start pumping more
blood. With each beat, the SaO2 continues to drop and the heart
beats faster and faster. As the CO2 increases the brain will try
to drive the person to breathe. The effort and action of the
abdomen and chest will increase. Eventually that action can
become severe enough to cause an arousal, (but the arousal does
not fully awaken the person) causing the person to "catch
their breath," clearing the upper airway blockage and
allowing the person to breathe. Then it happens all over
It is also important to remember that when the immune
system is compromised by a lack of oxygen, we are more
susceptible to opportunistic bacteria, viral, and parasitic
infections and colds, as well as flu. Oxygen deprivation can
also lead to life-threatening disease, such as cancer. Cancer
and most other infections or disease cannot live in an
oxygen-rich environment. "Cancer has only one prime
cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of
the body's cells by an anaerobic (i.e., oxygen deficient) cell
During sleep time, your body produces valuable hormones. Deep
sleep triggers release of growth hormones which fuels growth
in children and helps build muscle mass and repair cells and
tissues in children and adults. Like growth hormones, cytokine increases during sleep and works to fight various infections.
This might explain why a good nights sleep helps keep you from
getting sick and shortens recover time when you do get sick.
Hormones released during sleep also affect how the body uses energy.
Studies find that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to be
overweight or obese, to develop diabetes, and to prefer eating foods
that are high in calories and carbohydrates.
Human sleep can be described as a succession of five recurring
stages: four non-REM stages and the REM stage. A sixth stage,
waking, is often included. Waking, in this context, is
actually the phase during which a person falls asleep.
In this stage the body prepares for sleep. All people fall
asleep with tense muscles and their eyes moving erratically. As
a person becomes sleepier, the body begins to slow down,
muscles relax and eye movement slows to a roll.
Stage 1 sleep, or drowsiness, is often described as first in
the sequence. The eyes are closed during Stage 1 sleep, but if
aroused from it, a person may feel as if he or she has not
slept. Stage 1 may last for five to 10 minutes.
Stage 2 is a period of light sleep during which the heart
rate slows and body temperature decreases. At this point, the
body prepares to enter deep sleep.
Stages 3 AND 4
These are deep sleep stages, with Stage 4 being more intense
than Stage 3. Stages 1-4 are non-REM sleep stages and lasts
from 90 to 120 minutes, each stage lasting anywhere from 5 to
15 minutes. Stages 2 and 3 repeat backwards before REM sleep is
attained. A normal sleep cycle has this pattern: waking, stage
1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, REM. Typically, REM sleep occurs approximately
90 minutes after sleep onset.
Stage 5 - REM Sleep
REM sleep is distinguishable from NREM sleep by changes in
physiological states, including its characteristic rapid eye
movements. Intense dreaming occurs during REM sleep as a result
of heightened cerebral activity, but paralysis occurs
simultaneously in the major voluntary muscle groups. It is
generally thought that REM-associated muscle paralysis is meant
to keep the body from acting out the dreams that occur during
this intensely cerebral stage. The first period of REM
typically lasts 10 minutes, with each recurring REM stage
lengthening, and the final one lasting an hour.
We need restful sleep to think clearly, react quickly, and create
memories. In fact, the pathways in the brain that help us learn
and remember are very active when we sleep. Studies show that people
who are taught mentally challenging tasks do better after a good
night's sleep. Other research suggests that sleep is needed for
creative problem solving.
Sleep also affects mood. Insufficient sleep can make you
irritable and is linked to poor behavior and trouble with
relationships, especially among children and teens. People who
chronically lack sleep are also more likely to become
OSA is among the most common and most dangerous types of sleep
disorders. An estimated 16% of the global population has
the condition. OSA sufferers never get a "good nights
sleep" because repeated arousals deprive patients of
REM (deep sleep stage) leading to chronic daytime exhaustion
and long-term cardiovascular stress. People who are obese
are likely to have OSA due to the excess weight around the
throat and neck. Those with receding chin lines are also at
higher risk for developing obstructive sleep disorder.