Shocking Sleep Help
Reported September 19, 2011
NEW YORK (Ivanhoe Newswire) --Obstructive sleep apnea robs millions of
Americans of sleep each night. Patients with the disorder can stop breathing
during sleep. It’s a serious condition that can lead to diabetes, high blood
pressure and heart disease. Many patients cannot tolerate the traditional
therapies used. Now, see the new way to treat sleep apnea and give patients
For years, a lot of joe…cup after cup…was the only way Richard Krohn could
get through his days.
I was having trouble sleeping, waking up in the middle of the night and
feeling tired when I did get up," Richard Krohn, a sleep apnea patient told
Richard has obstructive sleep apnea or OSA– it’s a common disorder that can
cause patients to stop breathing five, 10, or even hundreds of times a
night. Now, neurologists and sleep experts are using a new therapy called
inspire upper airway stimulation to help patients get some z's.
OSA is caused by a blockage of the airway by the tongue. The new inspire
treatment prevents the tongue from blocking the airway and helps restore a
natural breathing cycle.
"The therapy is actually off during the day, the patient turns on the device
when they get ready to go to sleep," Jason Cornelius, M.D., neurologist at
North Memorial Medical Center told Ivanhoe.
A small device similar to a pacemaker is implanted in the chest. The device
has a wire that connects to a nerve that controls one of the major tongue
muscles. A sensor near the ribs detects each breathing cycle. During each
breath, the device delivers a mild stimulation that prevents the tongue from
blocking the airway
"There’s all the hidden benefits beyond just daytime sleepiness and getting
a good night's rest, in terms of mood, improving mood and outlook and
concentration, protecting your heart preventing diabetes,” Dr. Cornelius
The device has changed Richard’s life. More sleep at night and less coffee
required in the morning.
"I know that I get a better night sleep now, because when I wake up I feel
rested,” Krohn concluded.
A little stimulation for a good nights sleep.
The inspire upper airway stimulation therapy is currently available only
through a medical clinical trial called the star trial for more information