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‘COVID-somnia’ impacting sleep, says AASM

December 28, 2021HME News Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – More than half of Americans (56%) say they have experienced an increase in sleep disturbances since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according a survey commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.   Of the reported sleep disturbances, or “COVID-somnia,” most common was trouble falling or staying asleep (57%). Others included sleeping less (46%), experiencing worse quality sleep (45%) and having more disturbing dreams (36%).  “COVID-somnia...

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), COVID-19, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders


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Study examines high costs of sleep disorders

October 11, 2021HME News Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine – Sleep disorders are associated with significantly higher rates of health care utilization and expenditures, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine on Oct. 1. Using a conservative prevalence estimate found in the study, the authors found the overall incremental health care costs of sleep disorders in the United States represents about $94.9 billion. Adults with sleep disorders were found to have increased utilization of office visits,...

Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders


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Reporter's notebook: CPAP providers embrace group supports

March 21, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

A new group dedicated to sleep disorders could pack a lot of value for patients, say CPAP providers. “There's value in any support group,” said Todd Usher, co-founder of Home Oxygen Company in Modesto, Calif. “They can get ideas, how did you manage this, who is providing the services and equipment that you have? They get to feed off of other folks and how they are managing.” In January, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine announced it had launched the American...

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), CPAP Patients, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders


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NJ train operators screened for sleep disorders

November 10, 2017HME News Staff

HOBOKEN N.J. - NJ Transit has taken 44 train engineers out of service until they meet treatment requirements for sleep apnea, according to NJ.com. NJ Transit screened 373 engineers for sleep disorders. Out of those engineers, 57 were taken out of service until a full sleep study could be conducted: 13 were found not to have a sleep disorder. The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that an engineer operating the train that crashed Sept. 29, 2016, suffered from severe sleep apnea. One...

Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders


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Senators introduce sleep testing bill

September 29, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - A bill that seeks to require the Secretary of Transportation to implement a rule to test and treat commercial transportation workers for sleep apnea was introduced Sept. 28. The bill, S. 1883, is sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and co-sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. In August, the same group of senators sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking why the Federal Railroad Administration...

Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, sleep testing


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Wake up, it's Sleeptember

September 4, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - As part of its new Sleeptember campaign, the American Sleep Apnea Association is looking for its Ice Bucket Challenge.“I would love to tell you what it is, but we don't know yet,” said Adam Amdur, COO. “We invite the community to help us figure it out, whether it be a pajama party or a pillow fight or a hold your breath campaign.”In September, the association did a soft launch of Sleeptember, an annual campaign to raise awareness of sleep disorders, promote behavior...

American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, Sleeptember


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Somnia publishes sleep guide

July 22, 2015HME News Staff

LONE TREE, Colo. - Somnia, a sleep wellness and retail store, has published an e-book for people impacted by sleep disorders. The Sleep Disorder Guide: Symptoms, Treatments & Solutions describes 10 common symptoms of sleep disorders; analysis of what medical professional is best suited to treat various sleep disorders; and why a sleep care professional is a good choice for helping with certain conditions, according to a release. "Everyone deserves a good night's sleep," says Ann Fleming, Somnia's...

Sleep Disorders, Somnia


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Physicians release guidelines for diagnosing sleep disorders

August 5, 2014HME News Staff

PHILADELPHIA - The American College of Physicians, in a clinical practice guideline published Aug. 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recommends a sleep study for patients with unexplained daytime sleepiness. It also recommends polysomnography for diagnostic testing in patients suspected of obstructive sleep apnea. It recommends portable sleep monitors in patients without serious comorbidities as an alternative to polysomnography when polysomnography is not available for diagnostic testing. The...

Clinical Guidelines, Diagnosis, screening, Sleep Disorders


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DeVilbiss offers webinar lineup

June 20, 2013HME News Staff

SOMERSET, Pa. - The DeVilbiss clinical education team has created a lineup of live webinars in which providers can earn continuing education credits (CEUs), according to a press release. The webinars have been pre-approved through the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) so sleep technologists and respiratory therapists can earn the professional credits. The lineup includes sessions on choosing the right oxygen system for...

CPAP, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Home Medical Equipment (HME), Oxygen Concentrator, respiratory products, Sleep Disorders


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Study: Sleep apnea in seniors linked to Alzheimer's

May 21, 2013HME News Staff

NEW YORK - Sleep apnea may somehow cause—or be caused by—Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers at the New York University of Medicine found a correlation between the two conditions, but findings were preliminary, with nothing conclusive, according to an article from HealthDay news service. Lead author Dr. Ricardo Osorio, however, said that there deserves to be further study, since there may be a link between sleep, aging and memory. “It's clear that sleep is important...

Alzheimer's, CPAP, HME, NYU, osa, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders


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