Sleep Medicine

Misdiagnosing Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing

An estimated nine out of 10 children with sleep-disordered breathing are undiagnosed, often because physicians attribute symptoms to behavioral issues rather than to common sleep issues such as sleep apnea, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).


Heavy Use of Electronic Devices May Harm Teens’ Sleep Quality

A Norwegian study of approximately 10,000 16- to 19-year-olds found extensive use of computers, smartphones and other electronic devices was linked to poorer quality of sleep.


Disturbed Sleep and Work Stress: A Bi-directional Link

Previous research has linked poor sleep quality to conditions such as obesity and diabetes, and a new study suggests that disturbed sleep and work stress feed each other. That finding may open doors to multipronged interventions.


Study Reveals Sleep Loss May Lead to Lost Neurons

Lack of sleep could result in irreversible physical damage, including the loss of brain cells. That’s the conclusion of a recent University of Pennsylvania study, “Extended Wakefulness: Compromised Metabolics in and Degeneration of Locus Ceruleus Neurons,” published in the Journal of Neuroscience.


Oral Appliances Can Be as Effective as CPAP Machines in Treating Mild to Moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea

For individuals suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), oral appliances have proven as effective as, and in many cases even more tolerable than, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines.