Study Finds That Women Underestimate Their Snoring

Originally at: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution/study-finds-women-underestimate-snoring

Men snore. They don’t deny that at all. They snore loud and mean that it’s hard to get any sleep beside them. The question is, are men the only snorers? Of course not! Women are snorers too. The funny thing is that they can’t seem to admit it.

In what may be the funniest news this week, a new study is finding that women tend to underreport their own snoring. The study looked at 1,913 patients, the average age of 49 years, who were referred to a sleep disorders center at a university hospital.

(Via: https://interestingengineering.com/women-lie-about-their-snoring-new-study-finds)

There really is nothing glamorous about snoring. Just imagine a weird, almost too annoying, sound coming out from a woman’s mouth. It seems unfitting for a woman to snore; almost too unfeminine.  That probably explains why it’s hard for any woman to admit that she snores.

What they found was that not only did women tend to underreport snoring, they also underestimated its loudness. The study found that 88% of the women snored, but only 72% reported that they snore.

In addition, about 49% of the women had severe or very severe snoring but only 40% of the women rated their snoring at this level. In the meantime, 92.6% of men were found to snore while a nearly identical amount (93.1%) reported snoring.

(Via: https://interestingengineering.com/women-lie-about-their-snoring-new-study-finds)

Another interesting finding is that women actually snore just as loud as men. This might be hard to accept by some women out there but unfortunately, there is some truth in it.

In terms of snoring loudness, the study found that both men and women were approximately at the same level. Women exhibited a mean maximal snoring intensity of 50 decibels and men one of 51.7 decibels.

(Via: https://interestingengineering.com/women-lie-about-their-snoring-new-study-finds)

The study required the participants to report and rate their snoring.  Their snoring was also monitored the whole night. The study seems to show a gap between what the women reported and what was actually monitored the whole night.

For the study, participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire that rated the severity of their snoring while a calibrated digital sound survey meter measured their snoring through an entire night. Snoring intensity was classified from mild (40 – 45 decibels) to very severe (60 decibels or more).

(Via: https://interestingengineering.com/women-lie-about-their-snoring-new-study-finds)

Nonetheless, the findings are relevant especially since snoring can often lead to a health condition called obstructive sleep apnea.

The results of the study are important as snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. However, according to the authors, since there is a social stigma associated with snoring among

Listen Now: New Interview on Wake Up Narcolepsy’s Narcolepsy 360 Podcast

Originally at: http://julieflygare.com/listen-now-new-interview-on-wake-up-narcolepsys-narcolepsy-360-podcast/

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Claire Crisp, Executive Director of Wake Up Narcolepsy (WUN), to record an interview for WUN’s Narcolepsy 360 podcast.

This was a meaningful experience and a lot fun to share this conversation with Claire, who is an amazing leader, advocate and friend in the narcolepsy community. We talked about our books, my personal experience with narcolepsy, and what drove me to found Project Sleep. I also shared some behind-the-scenes reflections on Project Sleep’s awareness and advocacy efforts along with some personal advice for others living with narcolepsy. 

Thank you to Claire, Elizabeth & the WUN team for including my story and Project Sleep’s efforts in this great podcast series. Listen now: https://www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org/get-involved/podcast/

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Seattle! Speaking Sleep Advocacy and Narcolepsy Awareness

Originally at: http://julieflygare.com/seattle-speaking-sleep-advocacy-and-narcolepsy-awareness/

Seattle: I’m so excited to visit soon for three speaking engagements!

1.) Speaking Advocacy at the Hypersomnia Education Meeting

I’m extremely honored that the Hypersomnia Foundation has invited me to speak about Project Sleep’s Advocacy at their upcoming Hypersomnia Education Meeting on Saturday, June 29, 2019, taking place from 10am – 3pm at the Seattle Airport Marriott. This event features a lineup of terrific speakers including the always amazing Dr. David Rye!

My Presentation Description: Scientists are making progress, but more research is urgently needed to better understand and treat idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) and other serious  sleep conditions. What can we do as patient advocates to accelerate research? One important approach is through strategic advocacy efforts. In this presentation, Flygare will demystify the advocacy process, highlight recent sleep community successes, and empower attendees with simple steps to take action. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how each of our voices makes a difference in educating decision-makers and advancing research to improve outcomes for those living with sleep conditions including IH.

Learn more and register here: https://www.hypersomniafoundation.org/event/seattle-meeting-2019/

2.) Narcolepsy Presentation with Northwest Narcolepsy Support Group

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., I will share my inspiring narcolepsy presentation “When Dreams Leave the Night” with the Northwest Narcolepsy Support Group. Please join us for this event, I believe the exact location details are being worked out now, so visit the Northwest Narcolepsy Support Group website to keep up-to-date on the details of this event: www.northwestnarcolepsy.org

Presentation Description: In this presentation, Julie will share her personal journey from facing mysterious symptoms in law school through receiving a narcolepsy diagnosis and becoming an advocate and author.  After her presentation, Julie would be thrilled to hear more about your group’s experiences with narcolepsy, answer any questions, sign books and share awareness materials.

3.) Narcolepsy Presentation for the UW Medicine Sleep Conference 

Last but not least, on Tuesday, July 2nd, I will share my first-hand patient-perspective narcolepsy presentation with the University of Washington Medicine sleep fellows during their Sleep Conference. I love speaking with healthcare professionals and look forward to this awesome opportunity. 

Wow, this should be another whirlwind trip, after my adventures in Texas earlier this month (which I still need to re-cap for you soon).  Please send extra spoons my way and I hope to see some of you in Seattle soon!

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Sleep Talk: Episode 41 – When to Eat

Originally at: https://sleephub.com.au/podcast-41/

Episode 41: When to Eat

When we eat may be just as important as what we eat for managing obesity and health. We talk to Dr Gerda Pot, Nutritionist from the Louis Bolk Instituut and Kings College London about the emerging field of chrono-nutrition.

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 – 02:25 Introduction
  • 02:25 – 20:13 Theme – When to eat
  • 20:13 – 20:57 Clinical Tip
  • 20:57 – 22:23 Pick of the Month
  • 22:23 – 23:51 What’s Coming Up?

Next episode: What to eat

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Guest interviews:

Dr Gerda Pot

Dr Gerda Pot is an experienced Nutritional Scientist and lecturer working at Louis Bolk Institute in The Netherlands, and King’s College London. Dr Pot is skilled in Epidemiology, Lecturing, Scientific Writing, Clinical Research, and Life Sciences and has a Postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from King’s College London.Dr Pot’s recent research has been in the effects of the timing of food intake on health including sleep and obesity.Dr Pot has recently published data from a pilot study of a nutrition and lifestyle intervention in type 2 diabetes showing improved glucose control and reduction in glucose lowering medication. You can find more links to Dr Pot’s research here. Dr Pot also appears regularly in the media promoting healthy eating and outlining the impact of chrono-nutrition, such as in this article for New Scientist, and this piece for Dutch television.

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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

6 Annoying Reasons Why Couples Are Sleeping In Separate Bedrooms

Originally at: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleeptight/6-annoying-reasons-why-couples-are-sleeping-in-separate-bedrooms

Have you heard of sleep divorce? Apparently, it’s the reason why more and more relationships are becoming stronger down under in Australia.

Thousands of Australian couples are sleeping in separate beds, with experts claiming that “sleep divorce” is making relationships and sex lives stronger.

(Via: https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/fifo-shift-work-snoring-and-farting-forcing-couples-into-sleep-divorce-and-slumber-in-separate-bedrooms-ng-b881165321z)

According to research, sleeping in separate bedrooms is benefiting a lot of marriages.

Author and self-confessed “dedicated separate sleeper”, Jennifer Adams, says research showed more than 200,000 Australian couples were no sleeping in separate beds.

Adams, who wrote Sleeping Apart Not Falling Apart, said she and her husband had been happily married for 14 years despite sleeping in different bedrooms.

“Show me the stats of the divorced couples who shared a bed every night,” the 53-year-old told the Daily Mail.

“Sleeping in separate rooms does not mean the end of a relationship, it’s just a way of maintaining a relationship.

(Via: https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/fifo-shift-work-snoring-and-farting-forcing-couples-into-sleep-divorce-and-slumber-in-separate-bedrooms-ng-b881165321z)

It seems kind of odd for a couple to sleep in separate bedrooms but that’s just because it’s the norm. However, the norm isn’t exactly the best thing to do especially when it comes to salvaging a relationship. Think about it.

Jennifer shares how sleep divorce can become more socially acceptable.

“Talking about it openly becomes more socially acceptable. You would be surprised at how many happy married couples out there already doing this.”

(Via: https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/fifo-shift-work-snoring-and-farting-forcing-couples-into-sleep-divorce-and-slumber-in-separate-bedrooms-ng-b881165321z)

Sleep divorce might just be the best solution for couples who find it hard to get a good night’s rest beside each other. It’s a more peaceful alternative to fighting the next day because of lack of sleep.

There are six annoying reasons why couples are sleeping in separate bedrooms.

Fly-in-fly-out schedules, shift work, body heat, snoring, farting and blanket theft are all blamed for disrupting sleep, forcing more and more couples to spend bedtime apart.

(Via: https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/fifo-shift-work-snoring-and-farting-forcing-couples-into-sleep-divorce-and-slumber-in-separate-bedrooms-ng-b881165321z)

It’s funny that body heat, snoring, farting, and blanket theft are some of the annoying reasons why couples are sleeping in separate rooms. They may sound pretty petty but not when it comes to sleeping. Nothing is petty when it comes to getting a good night’s rest.

Snoring is definitely not a petty thing especially if it’s getting in the way of sleep.

“If you’re being disturbed by your partner’s snoring, and you’re not getting enough sleep, then you need to do something to restore yourself,” she said.

(Via: https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/fifo-shift-work-snoring-and-farting-forcing-couples-into-sleep-divorce-and-slumber-in-separate-bedrooms-ng-b881165321z)

That is the reason why sleep divorce has become a practical arrangement for couples.

Adams said the arrangement was very practical for busy Australian couples.

(Via: https://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/fifo-shift-work-snoring-and-farting-forcing-couples-into-sleep-divorce-and-slumber-in-separate-bedrooms-ng-b881165321z)

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The 2019 MAD Mouthpiece Award Goes To ZQuiet

Originally at: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet/the-2019-mad-mouthpiece-award-goes-to-zquiet

The winner is …ZQuiet. Yes! ZQuiet wins the award for being the best MAD mouthpiece for 2019. Awarded  by The Snoring Mouthpiece Review, ZQuiet tops a long list of MAD mouthpieces in the market.

As part of its commitment to offering unbiased, rigorous reviews of snoring cessation products such as mouthpieces, pillows, chin straps and software applications, The Snoring Mouthpiece Review has awarded the ZQuiet® its 2019 MAD Mouthpiece of the Year, beating out other rivals in the category.

(Via: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/snoring-mouthpiece-review-awards-zquiet-163000326.html)

MAD stands for Mandibular Advancement Device and it is one of the two categories of snoring mouthpieces. The second category is composed of the TSD or Tongue Stabilizing Devices.

Snoring mouthpieces are typically categorized in one of two ways: 1. MAD or Mandibular Advancement Device, and 2. TSD or Tongue Stabilizing Devices. The MAD category remains the most popular in the realm of anti snoring mouthpieces, with TSD devices quickly gaining ground thanks to the key star in the category, the Good Morning Snore Solution.

The MAD category features literally 15-20 other major mouthpiece manufacturers doing battle for snoring mouthpiece supremacy, so separating individual products can be tough for the inexperienced user.

(Via: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/snoring-mouthpiece-review-awards-zquiet-163000326.html)

What makes ZQuiet the best MAD snoring mouthpiece? According to Steve Walker of The Snoring Mouthpiece Review, the design of ZQuiet is what makes it stand out in the market.

“We truly believe that the ZQuiet, at least when it comes to Mandibular Adjustment Devices, is easily the best and most usable mouthpiece of 2019,” said Steve Walker, spokesman for The Snoring Mouthpiece Review. “Its design remains a really unique selling point, as it allows freedom of movement where many other MAD designs do not.”

One of the key drawbacks for many MAD users is that this style of mouthpiece tends to lock the jaw in position – a problem that can create many issues. As an example, some MAD mouthpieces do not allow you to breathe through your mouth, which is a problem for many snorers. Additionally, by freezing the jaw in place, many people can become subject to problems with the jaw that can lead to serious difficulties such as TMJ disorders – the ZQuiet avoids this issue with the use of its revolutionary “Living Hinge Technology”.

(Via: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/snoring-mouthpiece-review-awards-zquiet-163000326.html)

ZQuiet boasts of the Living Hinge Technology which allows the mouth to move freely while you are sleeping. It does not restrict breathing and it is very comfortable to wear. Unlike the other MAD mouthpieces, there’s hardly any adjustment period for wearing a ZQuiet mouthpiece. Another good thing about the ZQuiet mouthpiece is that there’s no need to …

Jacksonville is America’s Top Snoring City According To Study

Originally at: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/zquiet/jacksonville-americas-top-snoring-city

Can you believe this? Jacksonville has more snorers than any other cities in the U.S. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this.

When it comes to snoring, no other U.S. city tops Jacksonville.

That’s according to a recent study by Withings, which makes products that measure health, such as activity-tracking watches, scales and health monitors.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

One thing is for sure. Jacksonville is one noisy city. You might be wondering how the study was able to come up with such conclusion. Here’s how it was done.

Using data from health tracking devices, Withings found the users tracked in Jacksonville snore over five times a night with snore durations reaching one hour, 12 minutes.

By comparison, the national average for snoring was 2.65 times a night.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

Here’s what they found.

Withings also found the Jacksonville people tracked in the study stayed up later than most of the nation, putting the city in the top five for night owls.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

While Jacksonville tops the snoring category, it’s not exactly the city where you will find the late sleepers. Although it’s in the top 5 late night cities, it’s number 5.

Top Late-Night Cities: Cities with the Latest Average Bedtimes
1.) Philadelphia – 12:40 a.m.
2.) New York City – 12:36 a.m.
3.) Los Angeles – 12:30 a.m.
4.) Miami – 12:28 a.m.
5.) Jacksonville – 12:24 a.m.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

The study also shows that the person’s BMI or the body mass index has a lot to do with snoring.

Withings’ data showed a significant correlation between a person’s body mass index (BMI) and snoring in both men and women. The higher the BMI, the more likely a person is to be a heavy snorer.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

According to the study, men are more likely to snore heavily than women.

Withings found men were two times more likely to be heavy snorers than women.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

Snoring should not be taken lightly. There’s a good reason why.  Read on and find out.

Snoring and nighttime breathing disturbances can impact the quality of sleep and can be a sign of sleep apnea, according to Withings.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

Other health issues could arise from snoring if it’s not treated immediately.

The health technology company said snoring has also been associated with other chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, obesity and depression.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

All these findings were based on millions of Americans who use various products from Withings.

The study was based on anonymous data from a pool of 2.4 million American users, 1.4 million of

How to Sleep Better Without Medications [Podcast 65]

Originally at: https://doctorstevenpark.com/medications

In our last podcast, Kathy and I talked about how many commonly prescribed prescription medications can either make you gain weight or ruin your sleep. I this episode, we will discuss 7 steps you can take to prevent ever having to need them, or begin to wean off these medications. 

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Show Notes:

  1. Prioritize sleep like your most important appointment 
  2. Optimal breathing while awake and while sleeping
  3. Sleep hygiene 

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome 

Obstructive sleep apnea 

  1. Eat a healthy, organic toxin-free diet

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  1. Eliminate environmental toxins or allergies

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  1. Light toxicity
  2. Phone and email restrictions
  3. Vitamins and supplements

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Sleep Well in a Heat Wave

Originally at: https://www.sleepdallas.com/blog/sleep-well-heat-wave/

Summertime – it’s here! Bring on the longer days filled with sunshine, busy schedules, staying up late to socialize, vacations and other adventures. Unfortunately, the season of jam-packed schedules and distractions can make it harder to stick to a consistent sleep schedule and hotter temperatures can make sleep elusive and less refreshing. Don’t despair, though! With a few mindful changes, you can find yourself back on track and waking up with the energy you need to take on the season. Follow these tips to help ensure a good night’s sleep during the hottest of summer nights.

Keep the thermostat in the 60s. Do not be tempted to move your thermostat to the 70s to save money during sleep. Good sleep will make you more productive, so don’t trip over dollars to pick up nickels. If you don’t have air conditioning, make sure to use a fan to keep the air circulating.

Take advantage of the cooler mornings to get outside and reset your circadian rhythms. The sunshine can help reduce troubles falling asleep and help  eliminate the urge to stay up late. This will increase your sleep drive in the evenings when you need melatonin release and proper preparation for sleep.

Reduce light indoors. As daylight hangs around longer, bringing rays into your living quarters deep into the evening, you need to consider darkening the inside environment of your home by dimming the inside lights about an hour before your desired sleep time. Blackout curtains are a good option if you’re willing to make the investment, but a sleep mask works to block out light as well. This will help mimic those times hundreds of years ago when we would sleep as soon as darkness prevailed.

Avoid screen time before bed. Much like you need to dim the lights in a room before bed, it’s important to avoid light exposure from electronic screens. Electronic devices emit blue light, which can trick your body into thinking it’s daytime. Switch them out for a relaxing wind-down ritual like reading a book or having a cup of tea.

Use breathable bedding. Bedding plays a crucial role in helping your body cool down enough to sleep. During the summer in particular it can be helpful to use a lighter blanket than during other times of the year. The type of material your sheets are made of can make a difference too–look for sheets derived from natural fibers, made from lightweight cotton or bamboo or those with moisture-wicking properties or microfiber.

Keep a consistent bedtime routine. Although it can be tempting during the summer to change your routine for vacations or

4 Surprising Reasons Why You Snore

Originally at: https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution/4-surprising-reasons-why-you-snore

Do you ever wonder why you snore? Are you one of those folks who think sheer exhaustion is the reason for snoring? Well, if you are; think again. Sheer exhaustion is not the cause of your snoring.

There are 4 surprising reasons why you snore. One of these surprising reasons is your weight.

No one likes to talk about their waistline, but it is something to remember when trying to cut down on snoring. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Being overweight leads to poor muscle tone and increases the tissue around the neck and throat.” With regular physical activity and a balanced diet, these muscles will become stronger and snoring may begin to decrease.

(Via: https://valleycentral.com/sponsored/spotlight/4-factors-that-contribute-to-snoring-and-simple-steps-for-a-good-nights-sleep)

Another probable cause of your snoring is your alcohol intake. Maybe it’s time to cut down on it.

Having a little too much to drink before bedtime can bring on snoring. Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles, therefore lowering defense against airway obstruction. If you are planning on drinking, consider having your glass of wine a few hours before bed or avoid consuming alcohol altogether.

(Via: https://valleycentral.com/sponsored/spotlight/4-factors-that-contribute-to-snoring-and-simple-steps-for-a-good-nights-sleep)

Your sleeping position could also be the reason why you snore. Apparently, sleeping on your back can make you snore more.

Everyone has their preferred way of drifting off to dreamland, but these sleep patterns can cause snoring too. The Mayo Clinic states that sleeping on your back narrows the airways, causing snoring. An easy fix is to change your sleep style. Sleeping on your side or on your stomach may reduce the likelihood of snoring.

(Via: https://valleycentral.com/sponsored/spotlight/4-factors-that-contribute-to-snoring-and-simple-steps-for-a-good-nights-sleep)

Another cause of your snoring is that you could be suffering from a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Unfortunately, snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. This is something that you should look into especially if your snoring is really loud and you wake up grasping for air.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing or gasp for air in the middle if the night. Loud snoring, feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, and gasping for air are some of the main symptoms. Doctors can conduct sleep tests to determine how severe the apnea is. If left untreated, sleep apnea can take a toll on the heart, lungs, and leave patients feeling tired with no desire to exercise. Treatment usually consists of sleeping with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or an oral appliance to keep your airway passages open.

(Via: https://valleycentral.com/sponsored/spotlight/4-factors-that-contribute-to-snoring-and-simple-steps-for-a-good-nights-sleep)

These are the four surprising reasons why you snore and if you notice, sheer exhaustion is not one them. Keep in mind that …