My Experience with Alpha Stim

By Abby Maher

The alpha-stim device has been billed as a drug-free treatment option for pain anxiety, depression and insomnia. It functions by passing a low-voltage electrical charge through the body between two electrodes.  For treatments involving anxiety, depression, or insomnia, the electrodes are placed on each ear via clips. The device is worn for 20 minutes and treatments can be done daily or as needed.

According to research, alpha-stim has been found to assist sleep and elevate mood by stimulating associated brain regions and hormone producing portions of the brain. Devices like this have been in use in the United States for 50 years and have been considered safe.

How does it feel?

Placing the electrodes on my ears, I felt a little reservation. The device comes with instructions that says to gradually increase the intensity of the charge until you feel seasick, then turn it down. I didn’t really believe that the two little clips could make me feel seasick until I felt it for myself.

Once I had it at the correct level for me, it felt like a gentile tap on my earlobes. It was easy to ignore and not painful at all.

Does it work?

When I had the clips in place, I felt a little tired and was fairly relaxed. Once I removed them, the feeling continued for a little while. I am not currently suffering from any of the conditions that alpha-stim is designed to treat. However, I can imagine that the calming effect of the alpha-stim would be effective for use in treating those issues.  I think alpha-stim could be a useful part of a treatment regimen and is worth giving a try.

From the Metagenics Labs

Do you have difficulty breathing during sleep? Perhaps you don’t know the extent of the issue—you’re asleep, after all.

But if you experience frequent nocturnal breathing disruptions, you could suffer from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder often goes undiagnosed and affects more than 18 million adults in the United States.1

What is sleep apnea?

There are three forms of sleep apnea. All include telltale signs such as snoring, pauses in breathing, and gasping for air, but their underlying causes vary:2

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of the disorder, occurring when the muscles in the back of the throat relax and block the upper airway.
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain fails to send the signals the respiratory system needs to breathe adequately during sleep.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome (CompSAS) is a combination of OSA and CSA. Those coping with CompSAS tend to have clinical symptoms similar to OSA and breathing patterns similar to CSA. 

For those who have sleep apnea, there are treatments that can ease the severity of these symptoms. Both lifestyle changes and breathing devices like continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machines are often utilized as treatment options.3

What are the signs & symptoms of sleep apnea?

The signs of sleep apnea are closely linked to mood, breathing patterns, and fatigue. Consider making an appointment with a medical professional if you experience any of the following:4

  • Intermittent pauses in breathing
    • Pauses in breathing reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood, which can cause headaches. You may wake up for a few seconds at a time to reopen your upper airway and address this. This pattern can take place anywhere from 5 to 30 or more times per hour all night long—and you may not remember the disruptions when you wake up in the morning.
  • Gasping, snoring, or snorting
    • If you are a noisy sleeper, take note—your upper airway might be obstructed. While snoring doesn’t necessarily mean you have sleep apnea, it is linked to the disorder. You may be experiencing an apnea episode if your snoring includes frequent pausing and loud snorts or gasps. Pay attention to any signs that point to breathing difficulties.
  • Restlessness during sleep
    • Sleep apnea patients typically toss and turn at night. You may find yourself thrashing or kicking, waking up periodically, and moving around quite a bit to cope with each apnea episode. And regardless of whether you are aware of your breathing difficulties, you will likely become restless.
    • These, of course, are just some of the signs of sleep apnea. The sleep disorder features a number of symptoms as well. For instance, many sleep apnea patients grapple with chronic fatigue. Perhaps you’re sleeping a full eight hours per night, yet you still feel exhausted in the morning. Sleep apnea affects the quality of your sleep, and as such, you may not be getting the level of rest you truly need.
    • Mood swings and difficulty concentrating are other symptoms of the sleep disorder—and so is hypertension. If your blood isn’t getting the oxygen it requires, you may experience a temporary spike in blood pressure that could become chronic if the apnea episodes persist.

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

Researchers from the Stanford University Center for Narcolepsy revealed that OSA has a genetic component.5 That said, all types of sleep apnea are linked to a number of risk factors. In addition to family history, OSA is associated with the following:4,6

  • Being overweight, which can cause fat deposits to build up around your upper airway and go on to obstruct your breathing. Obese people are four times more likely to develop OSA.
  • Being male. Also, women are more likely to experience the disorder if they are overweight.
  • Being older, as people over 40 are more likely to have OSA.
  • A greater neck circumference, which points to a narrow airway. A person’s risk increases if their neck circumference is ≥17 inches (43 cm) for men, and ≥15 inches (38 cm) for women. (A narrow airway isn’t always associated with a high neck circumference, though—it’s hereditary in itself, and can predispose patients to OSA no matter the circumference of their neck.)
  • Nasal congestion—regardless of whether you have trouble breathing through your nose for anatomical reasons or simply due to allergies.
  • Smoking, which can cause inflammation and increase fluid retention in the upper airway. For this reason, smokers are three times more likely to develop OSA than nonsmokers.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, which can relax the muscles in the throat and subsequently lead to a higher likelihood of developing OSA. 

Middle-aged and older people, just like in OSA, have a higher risk of contracting CSA. Meanwhile, CompSAS is tied to a combination of the above mentioned risk factors.

This blog is for informational purposes only. If you believe you might have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with your healthcare practitioner. Your healthcare practitioner can discuss any sleep-related symptoms you may have and help develop a treatment plan, if applicable.

References

  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Health Library. Sleep Apnea. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/respiratory_disorders/sleep_apnea_85,P01301. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  2. Wang J et al. Complex sleep apnea syndrome. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2013;7:633–641.
  3. USDHHS. NHLBI. Sleep Apnea. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-apnea. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  4. Mayo Clinic. Sleep apnea. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  5. Taheri S et al. The genetics of sleep disorders. Lancet Neurol. 2002;1(4):242-250.
  6. National Sleep Foundation. Sleep Apnea. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/sleep-apnea. Accessed July 23, 2018

*Article provided by Metagenics.com

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Snoremeds

HOW IT WORKS

SnoreMeds has been specifically designed to comfortably support the lower jaw in a forward position. By repositioning the lower jaw by 0.1 inches, it opens up the airway sufficiently to allow the airflow to flow unobstructed during our sleep

WHY SNOREMEDS

  • Safe And Guaranteed To Work
  • Easy To Fit
  • Safe And Simple To Wear
  • Affordable
  • Designed For Men And Women
  • Not For Use With Dentures

SNORING TEST – WILL SNOREMEDS WORK?

Snoring occurs when air cannot move freely through your nose or throat.  A large majority of snoring sufferers are tongue based snorers. Anti-snoring mouthpieces are the recommended choice for this type of snoring. Try the simple test below to establish what type of snorer are you? Sleep: What you need, What we offer

Snoring Test
Breathe in deeply pushing the air to the back of your throat as if you are snoring.

  1. You will probably find there is movement or vibration of tissue that could restrict your airway 
  2. Move your lower jaw forward.
  3. Breathe in deeply again.  If the vibration is reduced, and the air flows freely then a SnoreMeds anti-snoring mouthpiece will stop you from Snoring.

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Benesom® is formulated to promote a restful, relaxed state and relieve occasional sleeplessness by beneficially modulating the metabolism of melatonin and promoting relaxation.*

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Sleep Tight Mouthpiece

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SleepTight Mouthpiece is an FDA cleared mouthpiece which is designed to reduce snoring.

SleepTight Mouthpiece has also been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea.

 

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From the Metagenics Labs

Do you have difficulty breathing during sleep? Perhaps you don’t know the extent of the issue—you’re asleep, after all.

But if you experience frequent nocturnal breathing disruptions, you could suffer from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder often goes undiagnosed and affects more than 18 million adults in the United States.1

What is sleep apnea?

There are three forms of sleep apnea. All include telltale signs such as snoring, pauses in breathing, and gasping for air, but their underlying causes vary:2

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of the disorder, occurring when the muscles in the back of the throat relax and block the upper airway.
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain fails to send the signals the respiratory system needs to breathe adequately during sleep.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome (CompSAS) is a combination of OSA and CSA. Those coping with CompSAS tend to have clinical symptoms similar to OSA and breathing patterns similar to CSA. 

For those who have sleep apnea, there are treatments that can ease the severity of these symptoms. Both lifestyle changes and breathing devices like continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machines are often utilized as treatment options.3

What are the signs & symptoms of sleep apnea?

The signs of sleep apnea are closely linked to mood, breathing patterns, and fatigue. Consider making an appointment with a medical professional if you experience any of the following:4

  • Intermittent pauses in breathing
    • Pauses in breathing reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood, which can cause headaches. You may wake up for a few seconds at a time to reopen your upper airway and address this. This pattern can take place anywhere from 5 to 30 or more times per hour all night long—and you may not remember the disruptions when you wake up in the morning.
  • Gasping, snoring, or snorting
    • If you are a noisy sleeper, take note—your upper airway might be obstructed. While snoring doesn’t necessarily mean you have sleep apnea, it is linked to the disorder. You may be experiencing an apnea episode if your snoring includes frequent pausing and loud snorts or gasps. Pay attention to any signs that point to breathing difficulties.
  • Restlessness during sleep
    • Sleep apnea patients typically toss and turn at night. You may find yourself thrashing or kicking, waking up periodically, and moving around quite a bit to cope with each apnea episode. And regardless of whether you are aware of your breathing difficulties, you will likely become restless.
    • These, of course, are just some of the signs of sleep apnea. The sleep disorder features a number of symptoms as well. For instance, many sleep apnea patients grapple with chronic fatigue. Perhaps you’re sleeping a full eight hours per night, yet you still feel exhausted in the morning. Sleep apnea affects the quality of your sleep, and as such, you may not be getting the level of rest you truly need.
    • Mood swings and difficulty concentrating are other symptoms of the sleep disorder—and so is hypertension. If your blood isn’t getting the oxygen it requires, you may experience a temporary spike in blood pressure that could become chronic if the apnea episodes persist.

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

Researchers from the Stanford University Center for Narcolepsy revealed that OSA has a genetic component.5 That said, all types of sleep apnea are linked to a number of risk factors. In addition to family history, OSA is associated with the following:4,6

  • Being overweight, which can cause fat deposits to build up around your upper airway and go on to obstruct your breathing. Obese people are four times more likely to develop OSA.
  • Being male. Also, women are more likely to experience the disorder if they are overweight.
  • Being older, as people over 40 are more likely to have OSA.
  • A greater neck circumference, which points to a narrow airway. A person’s risk increases if their neck circumference is ≥17 inches (43 cm) for men, and ≥15 inches (38 cm) for women. (A narrow airway isn’t always associated with a high neck circumference, though—it’s hereditary in itself, and can predispose patients to OSA no matter the circumference of their neck.)
  • Nasal congestion—regardless of whether you have trouble breathing through your nose for anatomical reasons or simply due to allergies.
  • Smoking, which can cause inflammation and increase fluid retention in the upper airway. For this reason, smokers are three times more likely to develop OSA than nonsmokers.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, which can relax the muscles in the throat and subsequently lead to a higher likelihood of developing OSA. 

Middle-aged and older people, just like in OSA, have a higher risk of contracting CSA. Meanwhile, CompSAS is tied to a combination of the above mentioned risk factors.

This blog is for informational purposes only. If you believe you might have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with your healthcare practitioner. Your healthcare practitioner can discuss any sleep-related symptoms you may have and help develop a treatment plan, if applicable.

References

  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Health Library. Sleep Apnea. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/respiratory_disorders/sleep_apnea_85,P01301. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  2. Wang J et al. Complex sleep apnea syndrome. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2013;7:633–641.
  3. USDHHS. NHLBI. Sleep Apnea. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-apnea. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  4. Mayo Clinic. Sleep apnea. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  5. Taheri S et al. The genetics of sleep disorders. Lancet Neurol. 2002;1(4):242-250.
  6. National Sleep Foundation. Sleep Apnea. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/sleep-apnea. Accessed July 23, 2018

*Article provided by Metagenics.com

Dr. Harmony’s Top Five Sleep Products 


 

Snoremeds

HOW IT WORKS

SnoreMeds has been specifically designed to comfortably support the lower jaw in a forward position. By repositioning the lower jaw by 0.1 inches, it opens up the airway sufficiently to allow the airflow to flow unobstructed during our sleep

WHY SNOREMEDS

  • Safe And Guaranteed To Work
  • Easy To Fit
  • Safe And Simple To Wear
  • Affordable
  • Designed For Men And Women
  • Not For Use With Dentures

SNORING TEST – WILL SNOREMEDS WORK?

Snoring occurs when air cannot move freely through your nose or throat.  A large majority of snoring sufferers are tongue based snorers. Anti-snoring mouthpieces are the recommended choice for this type of snoring. Try the simple test below to establish what type of snorer are you? Sleep: What you need, What we offer

Snoring Test
Breathe in deeply pushing the air to the back of your throat as if you are snoring.

  1. You will probably find there is movement or vibration of tissue that could restrict your airway 
  2. Move your lower jaw forward.
  3. Breathe in deeply again.  If the vibration is reduced, and the air flows freely then a SnoreMeds anti-snoring mouthpiece will stop you from Snoring.

Benesom®

Relief for Occasional Sleeplessness*

Benesom® is formulated to promote a restful, relaxed state and relieve occasional sleeplessness by beneficially modulating the metabolism of melatonin and promoting relaxation.*

Serving size: 2 Tablets

Servings Per Container: 30

Get 10% off Now!!!

 

Sleep Tight Mouthpiece

The Sleep Tight Mouth Piece 

SleepTight Mouthpiece is an FDA cleared mouthpiece which is designed to reduce snoring.

SleepTight Mouthpiece has also been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea.

 

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What Do I Need to Know About Sleep Apnea?

Do you have difficulty breathing during sleep? Perhaps you don’t know the extent of the issue—you’re asleep, after all.

But if you experience frequent nocturnal breathing disruptions, you could suffer from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder often goes undiagnosed and affects more than 18 million adults in the United States.1

What is sleep apnea?

There are three forms of sleep apnea. All include telltale signs such as snoring, pauses in breathing, and gasping for air, but their underlying causes vary:2

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of the disorder, occurring when the muscles in the back of the throat relax and block the upper airway.
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain fails to send the signals the respiratory system needs to breathe adequately during sleep.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome (CompSAS) is a combination of OSA and CSA. Those coping with CompSAS tend to have clinical symptoms similar to OSA and breathing patterns similar to CSA. 

For those who have sleep apnea, there are treatments that can ease the severity of these symptoms. Both lifestyle changes and breathing devices like continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machines are often utilized as treatment options.3

What are the signs & symptoms of sleep apnea?

The signs of sleep apnea are closely linked to mood, breathing patterns, and fatigue. Consider making an appointment with a medical professional if you experience any of the following:4

  • Intermittent pauses in breathing
    • Pauses in breathing reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood, which can cause headaches. You may wake up for a few seconds at a time to reopen your upper airway and address this. This pattern can take place anywhere from 5 to 30 or more times per hour all night long—and you may not remember the disruptions when you wake up in the morning.
  • Gasping, snoring, or snorting
    • If you are a noisy sleeper, take note—your upper airway might be obstructed. While snoring doesn’t necessarily mean you have sleep apnea, it is linked to the disorder. You may be experiencing an apnea episode if your snoring includes frequent pausing and loud snorts or gasps. Pay attention to any signs that point to breathing difficulties.
  • Restlessness during sleep
    • Sleep apnea patients typically toss and turn at night. You may find yourself thrashing or kicking, waking up periodically, and moving around quite a bit to cope with each apnea episode. And regardless of whether you are aware of your breathing difficulties, you will likely become restless.
    • These, of course, are just some of the signs of sleep apnea. The sleep disorder features a number of symptoms as well. For instance, many sleep apnea patients grapple with chronic fatigue. Perhaps you’re sleeping a full eight hours per night, yet you still feel exhausted in the morning. Sleep apnea affects the quality of your sleep, and as such, you may not be getting the level of rest you truly need.
    • Mood swings and difficulty concentrating are other symptoms of the sleep disorder—and so is hypertension. If your blood isn’t getting the oxygen it requires, you may experience a temporary spike in blood pressure that could become chronic if the apnea episodes persist.

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

Researchers from the Stanford University Center for Narcolepsy revealed that OSA has a genetic component.5 That said, all types of sleep apnea are linked to a number of risk factors. In addition to family history, OSA is associated with the following:4,6

  • Being overweight, which can cause fat deposits to build up around your upper airway and go on to obstruct your breathing. Obese people are four times more likely to develop OSA.
  • Being male. Also, women are more likely to experience the disorder if they are overweight.
  • Being older, as people over 40 are more likely to have OSA.
  • A greater neck circumference, which points to a narrow airway. A person’s risk increases if their neck circumference is ≥17 inches (43 cm) for men, and ≥15 inches (38 cm) for women. (A narrow airway isn’t always associated with a high neck circumference, though—it’s hereditary in itself, and can predispose patients to OSA no matter the circumference of their neck.)
  • Nasal congestion—regardless of whether you have trouble breathing through your nose for anatomical reasons or simply due to allergies.
  • Smoking, which can cause inflammation and increase fluid retention in the upper airway. For this reason, smokers are three times more likely to develop OSA than nonsmokers.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, which can relax the muscles in the throat and subsequently lead to a higher likelihood of developing OSA. 

Middle-aged and older people, just like in OSA, have a higher risk of contracting CSA. Meanwhile, CompSAS is tied to a combination of the abovementioned risk factors.

This blog is for informational purposes only. If you believe you might have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with your healthcare practitioner. Your healthcare practitioner can discuss any sleep-related symptoms you may have and help develop a treatment plan, if applicable.

 

References

  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Health Library. Sleep Apnea. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/respiratory_disorders/sleep_apnea_85,P01301. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  2. Wang J et al. Complex sleep apnea syndrome. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2013;7:633–641.
  3. USDHHS. NHLBI. Sleep Apnea. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-apnea. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  4. Mayo Clinic. Sleep apnea. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631. Accessed July 23, 2018.
  5. Taheri S et al. The genetics of sleep disorders. Lancet Neurol. 2002;1(4):242-250.
  6. National Sleep Foundation. Sleep Apnea. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/sleep-apnea. Accessed July 23, 2018.

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Wired? Tired? Which Stress Type Am I?

Stress is a six-letter word, and we all have some of it in our lives. However, the way you respond to stress is uniquely yours. Whether the stress you are facing is the good kind, such as planning for a wedding, or the not-so-good kind such as confronting a difficult coworker situation, knowing how you respond to stress (your “stress type”) can help you better support yourself through challenging situations.

Fight or flight? Which one is right?

When it comes to stress, perception is everything. That is why your body usually reacts to stress with an instinctive “fight or flight” response—even if there is no actual threat. Levels of the common stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, can surge dramatically with tension and affect sleep, mood, performance, and the ability to think clearly—particularly if stress is ongoing.1 By knowing your stress type, you can better determine which methods, such as nutrition and exercise or meditation and mindfulness, can help you tackle the emotional pressure you feel.

Types of stress response

Which type of stress response rings true with you?

  • Wired, tired, and stressed
    • Is your life so hectic that you forget to take care of yourself? Do you feel burned-out, flushed, and overheated when stressed? Is sleep difficult for you, and do you feel like you cannot calm down? If you answered yes to one or more of these, then you’re more likely to be the stressed and wired type.
  • Woeful in a worried world
    • Sleep is on your wish list, but you’re not getting much of it. And your mind won’t shut off as you worry about all things great and small, not to mention that your muscles seem tighter than a trampoline and you’re just plain angry. It sounds like you might be the stressed and worried type.
  • The heat is on
    • If “never-ending stress” is the major part of your life’s menu, when you can’t seem to cope and you are dog-tired with nothing left to give, it could be that you’re the stressed and hot type.
  • Stressed and mentally exhausted
    • In this type, ongoing stress has your mind in a holding pattern. In fact, you can’t “brain” at all because your mental state has been stretched so thin that you can see through it. This level of mental fatigue is a key indicator that you’re the stressed and mentally exhausted type.
  • Stressed and tired
    • You can’t seem to muster up any energy and wonder why you’ve gained weight. Your face is pale and your body feels puffy. And no matter how much you sleep, you still feel weak and tired. If you think you’re stressed and tired, you probably guessed right.
  • The great destressors
    • Your unique stress style also has its own distinct preferences for addressing it. Stress relief is typically a combined effort of positive lifestyle changes such as adding exercise to your routine and improving your diet, as well as possibly engaging with your healthcare practitioner to find other strategies for your specific stress type.

If stress is “stressing you out” and adversely affecting your life, talk with your healthcare practitioner about ways to address it.

 

Reference:

  1. Understanding the stress response. Harvard Health Publishing. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response. Accessed October 12, 2018.

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