Can Vaping Make Sleep Apnea Worse?

Originally at: https://www.sleepdallas.com/blog/sleep-and-vaping/

In an effort to curtail the damaging effects of smoking traditional cigarettes, smokers and non-smokers alike are taking up e-cigarettes, popularly known as vapes. With 8 million Americans regularly vaping, and traditional cigarette use reaching a record low in 2018, a CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study indicates that vaping numbers are on the rise. While many folks turn to e-cigarettes as an alternative to burning tobacco, the number of first-time tobacco users is also increasing and largely consists of young adults

Contrary to the prevalent belief that vaping offers a healthy alternative to smoking, the recent e-cig epidemic introduces a slew of new toxins to inhale, followed by various health problems for consumers. Individuals who use vapes face serious health risks, including lung damage, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and heart attack, due to the contents of the vapor in e-cigarettes. The vapor contains nicotine, as well as toxic chemicals and metals, some of which are too recently introduced to discern the true long-term consequences of inhalation. In addition, vaping inhalation, much like traditional cigarette smoking, impacts your sleep cycle by creating inflammation in the nose and upper airway. 

What is Vaping?

Electronic cigarettes, or vapes, heat a liquid solution made up of nicotine, chemicals, and other additives to produce an aerosol for inhalation. Vaping imitates the behavioral elements of smoking a traditional cigarette which appeals to cigarette smokers seeking a healthier alternative. It also broadly appeals to young adults who crave both the flavoring and nicotine buzz provided by vapes, without the harsh sensation caused by inhaling traditional burning tobacco. 

The liquid present in e-cigarettes, which comes in refillable cartridges or disposable pods, contains nicotine, chemicals, and metals, some of which produce toxic compounds like formaldehyde. Consumers of the e-liquid inhale ultrafine particles, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and toxic flavorings like diacetyl disguised as a convenient, healthy alternative to smoking. While the number of chemicals present in e-cigarette vapor does not rival the 7,000+ chemicals in traditional burning tobacco, research links the toxins present in vape aerosol to lung disease, heart disease, and cancer of the throat and nasal passageways.

Inhaling e-cigarette nicotine, equivalent to that found in traditional cigarettes, can result in all of the same consequences, including addiction and withdrawal. As a highly toxic stimulant, nicotine also causes increased blood pressure and spiked adrenaline levels, headaches, nausea, persistent cough, nasal blockage, heartburn, and diarrhea. While the number of chemicals in e-liquid may not amount to that of traditional cigarettes, they still put consumer health in jeopardy. 

Vaping Effects on Sleep Quality

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The Connection Between Cancer and Sleep Apnea [Podcast 87]

Originally at: https://doctorstevenpark.com/cancer?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cancer

It’s unavoidable that all of us will experience cancer at one time or another. If you have not experienced cancer, it’s likely that you know someone that has suffered or even died from cancer. 

In this episode, Kathy and I discuss the importance of good sleep as it relates to cancer. This is an important topic that everyone needs to hear if you want to significantly lower your risk of cancer.

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Show Notes:

Cancer statistics

OSA and cancer review article

Two cancer and OSA studies: Wisconsin cohort and Spanish Study

Intermittent hypoxia and cancer review article

Cancer VEGF

Hypoxia Induceable factor (HIF)

Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)

IL6 and OSA

Endothelial dysfunction and OSA 

Taiwanese study on cancer and parasomnias, OSA, insomnia

Shift work breast cancer, colon cancer

Estrogens podcast

Vitamin D podcast

Beta blocker and lower cancer

Love Medicine and Miracles book

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers book

Pillar Implants for snoring and OSA

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Dirty Dozen foods on EWG

Relaxing breath video by Dr. Weil

5 steps to lower your risk of cancer:

  • Eat clean healthy organic foods
  • Don’t smoke and minimize toxin exposure
  • Optimal, regular sleep
  • Stress control
  • Optimize upper airway and jaw size, starting from pregnancy and childhood.

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A Moment I’ll Cherish Forever: Meeting my Representative Adam Schiff

Originally at: http://julieflygare.com/a-moment-ill-cherish-forever-meeting-my-representative-congressman-adam-schiff/

On Tuesday, Feb. 10th, I had the opportunity to meet my Representative, Congressman Adam Schiff and thank him in-person for championing the sleep community priorities in Congress for the past three years. I was in Washington, DC for Project Sleep and the Sleep Research Society’s February Hill Day on Monday, Feb. 9th. See our event recap and photo album!

But let me back up. In 2017, I had no idea that upon sharing my story and my passion for Project Sleep with my Representative’s health staffer, that his office would end up championing our cause on Capitol Hill.

But that’s exactly what happened: Congressman Schiff stepped forward to lead multiple important “Dear Colleague” letters — that other Representatives (on both sides of the aisle) have signed onto in support of advancing sleep & sleep disorders research via NIH, DoD, and the VA and sleep awareness via CDC. Read more about our efforts here.

YOU have helped make these efforts a success by reaching out to your Representatives to ask them to sign onto these letters. So collectively, all of our efforts combined are making a difference. And how do we know our efforts are making a real difference? Multiple amazing researchers have shared with me they believe our advocacy is helping them secure important research grants. Wow! 


Get involved! You play an important role in our next steps, starting with an advocacy webinar on Tuesday, March 3 at 2pm ET! RSVP here, even if you can’t make it live on March 3rd, RSVP anyway to receive the webinar recording. We will help everyone who signs up to take action!

Sleep touches every one. It is not a partisan issue. Our only opposition is lack of awareness. Sleep is an underdog cause in our society, which is why I love this challenge and why having policy makers like my Representative Adam Schiff on our side, it means the world to me.

As I left the office, Congressman Schiff thanked me for my advocacy. It was a moment I’ll never forget and I wish YOU had been with me to receive this thanks in-person too. Raising our voices matters!

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The Estrogen Goldilocks Principle: Confusion and Controversy [Podcast 86]

Originally at: https://doctorstevenpark.com/estrogen?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=estrogen

Estrogen imbalance is a problem not only for women. Men and children can be affected as well, leading to various health conditions including thyroid problems, early puberty in girls, the feminization of boys, poor sleep, weight gain, and higher cancer risk.

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Show Notes:

Post-menopausal women and progesterone study

Dr. John Lee

Dr. Christianne Northrup Wisdom of Menopause book

Sleep Interrupted

Thyroid health podcast

The Top 7 Toxins to Avoid for Better Sleep and Health podcast

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers book by Dr. Robert Sapolsky

Possible autism due to too much estrogen during pregnancy

Sicker Fatter Poorer book podcast

Estrogen enhances growth of cancer cells

Estrogen, obesity, and cancer

Increased estrogen in obese men

Estrogen and breast cancer risk 

Vitamin D Chart

Checklist:

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#SleepIn2020 Deadline TODAY for T-Shirts

Originally at: http://julieflygare.com/sleepin2020-is-coming-deadline-today-for-t-shirts/

Project Sleep’s SIXTH annual “Sleep In” will take place on March 13-15, 2020, but today, Feb. 18th is the deadline to order your official shirts. Please support our shirt fundraiser here. 

 

 

 

Get shirts for the whole fam!

Honestly, I get compliments and questions about my Sleep In t-shirts every time I wear one. It’s a “stylish conversation starter.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Stepzzz:

Once you’ve ordered your shirts before the deadline (2/18 at midnight ET), head over to the Sleep In registration page to sign up to participate. It’s FREE, all we ask is that you care about sleep health and sleep disorders awareness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite weekend of the year.

Over the course of the #SleepIn2020 weekend (March 13-15, 2020), we will be in bed flooding social media and connecting virtually to help our society make peace with sleep.  There will be online events including a DJ set via Twitch with the amazing DJ Fe, prizes, bedtime stories, and lots of rest!

Important Sleep In 2020 links:

I can’t wait to Sleep In with you soon!

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A Tongue Pacemaker for Sleep Apnea: High Tech Hope or Hype?

Originally at: https://doctorstevenpark.com/a-tongue-pacemaker-for-sleep-apnea-high-tech-hope-or-hype?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-tongue-pacemaker-for-sleep-apnea-high-tech-hope-or-hype

Every few years, a revolutionary way of treating OSA comes out. Nineteen eighty (1981) was a pivotal year in sleep medicine when Dr. Colin Sullivan reported reversing a vacuum cleaner motor to provide positive pressure through a makeshift mask to treat severe obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Shiro Fujita also described a palatal operation to treat obstructive sleep apnea in 1981. Later on, oral appliances were also introduced. Over the years, advances were made with positive air pressure as well as with multi-level soft tissue and jaw procedures.

In 2014, the Inspire hypoglossal nerve stimulation procedure received FDA approval for patients in the United States. In their pivotal trial with results published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, they reported a 68% drop in the average apnea hypopnea index (AHI), 70% drop in the oxygen desaturation index (ODI), and with an overall “response” rate of 66% (more than 50% drop in the AHI and less than 20).

Having been involved years prior with similar technology through another company called Apnex, I was pleased to see that this technology had progressed to the point of being available to the general public. Due to the volatile nature of medical high-tech start-up companies, I was cautiously waiting to see how they would do and see what the results would show in the real world on a long term basis. In 2018, a  group of surgeons performing this procedure published their 5 year outcomes. One hundred and twenty six patients were followed for 5 years, and 97 were included in the study, with 71 available sleep studies. Comparing from baseline to 12, 36 and 60 months, improvements across all measurements remained stable. The pre-treatment AHI was 32, dropping to 15, 11 and 12, at 12, 36 and 60 months, respectively. The functional outcome of sleep questionnaire (FOSQ, a validated sleep quality of life tool) increased significantly from 14 to 17, 17 and 18. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale dropped from 11.6 to 7 at all follow-up periods. Now, this procedure is being performed at over 300 centers in the United States and more and more insurance carriers are covering it, usually after a preauthorization process.

Technically, the pacemaker is implanted under the skin beneath the right collarbone, as opposed to a heart pacemaker, which is implanted on the left side. It’s a similar sized container. A small incision is made under the right chin, and the nerve that supplies the tongue (hypoglossal nerve) is exposed. This technique is very similar to a common procedure we perform in our field to remove the submandibular gland for stones, infections, or cancer. …

Sleep Talk: Episode 51 – Sleep in Teenagers

Originally at: https://sleephub.com.au/podcast-51/

Episode 51: Sleep in Teenagers

Why do teenagers have trouble with sleep? What can be done about it? To help answer these questions we talk with Assoc Prof Margot Davey, Director of the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre at Monash Children’s Hospital.

Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk – Talking all things sleep.

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Audio Timeline / Chapters:

  • 00:00 – 01:50 Introduction
  • 01:50 – 21:10 Theme – Sleep in Teenagers
  • 21:10 – 23:13 Clinical Tip
  • 23:13 – 26:57 Pick of the Month
  • 26:57 – 28:34 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: Medication in Pregnancy

Links mentioned in the podcast: 

Presenters:

Guest interviews:

Margot DaveyAssoc Prof Margot Daveyis Director of the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital.  Margot is also an adjunct senior lecturer in the Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University.  Her clinical practice is paediatric sleep medicine, and she works in public and private settings (Epworth Sleep Centre). Since 2006, Margot has been a chief investigator on numerous successful National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants and an associate investigator on others. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications.

 

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira JungeDr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998. In addition to her expertise in sleep disorders, her other areas of interest and expertise include smoking cessation, psychological adjustment to chronic illness, and grief and loss issues.

 

Dr David CunningtonDr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is certified as both an International Sleep Medicine Specialist and International Behavioural Sleep Medicine Specialist. David’s clinical practice …