Monday, 30 May 2016

Solving Sleep Problems With Athletes

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When you’re an athlete, being in your best form isn’t just an afterthought; it’s a way of life. For major athletes it’s also a livelihood in more ways than one. If you aren’t getting a proper sleep you’re not going to be performing at your best. Subpar performances can lose you points and, even worse, your career.

You’ve got to take care of yourself and getting a good night’s sleep is one of those pieces of your battle plan that you really can’t ignore. If you’re a professional athlete the chances are you will have a team of subject matter experts who micromanage everything from what shoes you wear to what you had for breakfast. While there are many variables you can control in order to perform your best, sometimes there are parts you can’t control; like your sleep:

Sleep disorders are so painfully common among the general population, but there’s one demographic that suffers significantly more than the rest of us: athletes. A new study from Finland has some good news for this group, though. Researchers say that for the first time ever, they’ve shown just how treatable sleep disorders among athletes really are.

For the study, now published online in the Journal of Sports Sciences , researchers from the University of Eastern Finland had 107 professional athletes take a survey about their general sleep patterns. The survey revealed that one in four of the athletes involved in the study suffered from significant sleep problems, including trouble falling asleep, snoring, and issues with breathing, such as sleep apnea. Most of the athletes surveyed admitted to sleeping too few hours and one in six used sleeping pills.

Athletes who suffered from notable sleeping disorders were referred to a sleep specialist for an examination and an individualized treatment plan. Although many of the athlete’s sleep troubles were classified as “significant” the study showed that general sleep-related guidance and personalized treatment plans greatly improved their sleep, follow-up visits one, three, four, and 12 months later found.


If you suffer from a sleep disorder, such as snoring, there are solutions available to you. One of the most common solutions for those who suffer from snoring or issues with breathing during the night are mandibular advancement devices (MADs). MADs are simple mouth pieces that you can wear during the night that will perform in a few ways. A good example of a MAD is the Snore RX. (read our review: Some of these devices will push your lower jaw forward, opening up your airways as you sleep at night. This works to clear your airways and reduce, or eliminate, your snoring. Snoring is generally caused by your muscles in your mouth and jaw vibrating while relaxed and breathing.

Some mouthpieces also have a function that holds your tongue up so that it doesn’t fall into the back of your throat, further blocking your airway and causing poor sleep. Depending on what your sport is, chances are you wear a mouth guard on a regular basis.

Don’t delay! If you want to get the best sleep you can and your issues are snoring, it’s time for you to do some research.


Solving Sleep Problems With Athletes was initially published to TSMR Blog


Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Future of Anti-Snoring

Interesting new snoring treatmentWhile there are many people who snore, you’d probably be hard-pressed to find someone who actually enjoys the fact that they snore. Snoring is not only detrimental to a person’s sleep; it can be disastrous to a relationship. Disturbed sleep can lead to unhappy mornings. This can impact the effectiveness of relationships on all levels: professional and personal.

For those who are looking to stop snoring, the options up until now have been primarily device-based. Basically, you have snoring mouthpieces  like either the ZQuiet or Good Morning Snore Solution, or you've got CPAP.

If you've ever used a CPAP, you probably know that this is not only extremely uncomfortable, it's also seriously non-portable. If you travel, then, you're simply out of luck.  While these issues may address the snoring and other medical concerns, chances are your sleep isn’t going to improve that much.

In comes technology to save the day! Science has been at work to help addressing snoring concerns in a non-invasive, friendly way:

Brought into the country by Luminisce Holistic Innovations, a boutique skin and laser clinic located in Bonifacio Global City, this innovative treatment is non-invasive and patient-friendly, reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring by means of a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue.

Unlike traditional treatments, the Fotona NightLase treatment from Luminisce does not require surgery, injections, or devices to be worn during sleep and does not involve chemical treatments. On the average, the procedure will only require 15 minutes – after which a 50 percent reduction in snoring is achieved after a single session.

According to London-trained doctor Kristina Cuevas-Reyes of Luminisce Skin & Laser Clinic, three 15-minute sessions done in the course of two months can provide optimum results – as seen not only in improved quality of sleep for the patient but more importantly, a better and healthier relationship.


If you’ve been looking for new options to address your snoring because maybe that snoring mouthpiece just isn’t cutting it anymore, you should look into this. While it’s going to take a trip to the Philippines to get this treatment, there’s nothing wrong with turning a medical appointment into a vacation. Don't get us wrong: this is a major expense, but because it doesn't involve actual surgery, instead replacing it with a simple laser-job (much like what plastic surgeons do in the USA) that "shapes the neck".

The more modern science improves, the more your options are out there. You’ve just got to look for them! For those who can't afford it, however, you may want to read these reviews:

The Future of Anti-Snoring is republished from