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New Proof Narcolepsy is Autoimmune

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found autoreactive cells in people who suffer from narcolepsy. This is an important breakthrough that proves narcolepsy is indeed an autoimmune disease. For years doctors have suspected that narcolepsy had some connection between the area that controls wakefulness and the autoimmune system. They have found cytotoxic CD8 T-cells in the blood of narcoleptics. At this point, they know that the immune cells of the patient's body sees normal cells in the body as invaders and attacks them. This results in them having narcolepsy. Researchers have found a combination of genetics, autoimmune cells, and some type of trigger (like a virus) that then leads to this disease.

Update: Further Progress to Helping Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease

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Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) has many lung disorders that fall under that term. One of them Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), is the most common of these disorders. Asbestosis is diffuse pulmonary fibrosis resulting in a slowly progressing disease that can take from 15 to 40 years after exposure to be encountered physical symptoms. And while in most developing countries it has been banned, the exposure-related diagnoses are still being cared for.

Duration of Sleep Apnea Linked to Increased Mortality

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Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. This study reviewed the effects of oral appliance therapy on a broad spectrum of cardiovascular outcomes. The literature search was performed up to December 2016. The resulting data showed significant reductions in daytime systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared to baseline with no significant reductions in heart rate. The study identified both continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and oral airway treatment (OAT). may lead to a reduction in long-term cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. The study is necessary to better address their question (de Vries et al, 2017).

The Biggest Misconception Regarding Your Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

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A recent survey conducted by Jazz Pharmaceuticals revealed that 1/3 of patients with a sleep apnea diagnosis also suffered from a medical condition known as Excessive Daytime Sleepiness which caused them to miss out on activities and negatively impacted their quality of life on multiple levels. A common misconception regarding a sleep apnea diagnosis is that a CPAP machine is the final solution, but research shows otherwise.

Revolutionize Your Bedtime With These Easy-peasy Better Sleep Tips

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There is a bad bedtime habit that 90% of Americans are guilty of practicing according to the Sleep Foundation. The term “glamping” was coined to describe the common habit people practice when they binge on social media late at night. Sleep expert and co-founder of sustainable sleep bedding company Cloudten, Zack Holland, joins us today with some easy-peasy better sleep tips.

Why Sleep Cycle Disruptions May Be A Warning Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease

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New research shows that the disruption of our sleep cycles, known as circadian rhythm cycles, can warn us of impending dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. One of the key characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease is the inability to sleep consistently at night while struggling to remain awake during the day.

How Sleep Apnea Increases Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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We have always known that cognitive decline was associated with sleep and oxygen deficiency. New research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London shows a direct link between interrupted sleep from conditions like sleep apnea and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Hacks and Exercises to Help You Stop Snoring Without Resorting to a CPAP

Hacks to Stop Your Snoring

Is your doctor suggesting that you may need to start using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device for a better night’s sleep? But you don’t want to. Here are some hacks and exercises to help you stop snoring that you will want to try before resorting to CPAP.

Why This Sleep Study Tip Helps High Achievers to Fall Asleep Faster

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The high achiever tosses and turns in bed as they face the enormity of tasks they face the next day. They wonder how they are going to get it all done and then yet another task pops into their mind. Now they’re sure they are going to forget something. Does this scenario sound familiar? New research shows that this tip will help anyone, especially high achievers, to fall asleep faster every night.

Better Sleep: Open Windows And Doors Lowers Carbon Dioxide Levels, Provides Ventilation

Sleep researchers in the Netherlands have found that a combination of poor ventilation and a build-up of carbon dioxide during an individual’s sleep period can contribute to restlessness and to not getting the rejuvenation one usually gets after sleeping. The rise in amounts of carbon dioxide, they say, stems from one’s normal respiration. They also found that something as simple as opening a window or door can ameliorate the build-up, improving the ventilation in the room where one is resting and thus producing a more sound and restful sleep.

The Best Ways to Improve Your Sleep Beyond Reducing Your Coffee

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It's more than likely that you’re not getting as much sleep as you should be. According to a 2011 survey by the Sleep Council, nearly half of us get six or less hours of sleep per night. Considering the recommended length of time to spend under the covers is seven to nine hours, six or less is extremely far from optimal.

Here’s Why Vegans May Sleep Better Than You Do

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Do vegans sleep better? The answer may lie in some new research on diet and insomnia. Researchers have found that our diet directly affects how well we sleep. This may uncover why people who eat high carbohydrate diets, like vegans do, may sleep better. So, if sleep has been hard to come by, your diet choices are well worth taking a good honest look at.

Get the Benefits of Turmeric with this Delicious Turmeric Latte Recipe

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You have likely heard the buzz about turmeric. This cousin of ginger, common in Indian cooking may be the most effective nutritional supplement you can add to your diet. Keep reading for my recipe for a delicious turmeric latte that you will want to drink every day.

Turn Off Smartphone and All Switches at Night To Have an Uninterrupted Sleep

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In order to improve her sleep one young lady decided to turn off her smartphone when not using. Later she decided during nights to switch off all electric devices except the refrigerator for a better nightly sleep, fearing about the adverse health effects of smart meters and cell phones. Here is how she improved her sleep.