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5 Strange Sleeping Disorders and How to Combat Them

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Sleep is crucial to human beings. Making sure you get enough sleep and high-quality sleep at that is vital to your wellbeing. It can improve your mental and physical health, quality of life, and your productivity at work.

There are some sleeping disorders which many people view as a normal sleeping-related problem. Unsurprisingly, the most common is snoring which affects around 90 million American adults and can lead to low-quality sleep for their families.

While snoring is certainly bothersome, there are some sleeping disorders out there that are downright strange! Read on to find out what they are and how best to combat them.

5 Examples of Strange Sleeping Disorders

1. Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome or RLS is a condition that leads to an unbelievable urge to move your legs. This is usually due to an uncomfortable sensation in the muscles, which is only relieved by movement.

Medical professionals are in disagreement about exactly what causes this condition, but those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, anemia and nerve damage are more likely to suffer from it.

For the vast majority of sufferers, RLS occurs in the evening or during the night when they are trying to sleep. People who struggle with this condition can kick around or move hundreds of times in one night. This can cause them to suffer from low-quality sleep not to mention they may frequently disturb their partners.

Even though there is no single known cause for this condition, there are a few ways you can help combat it. First of all, make sure you get regular exercise. Caffeine and alcohol intake should also be limited to reduce the level of stimulants in the bloodstream. In severe cases, you may be able to get medication prescribed by your doctor to help you get some rest. This condition can be especially annoying if you have a partner, as you will disturb them, in this case having a firm and thick mattress can help. Otherwise you may end up sleeping on the sofa, or if you’re lucky a sofa bed in order to move around and not disturb your partner.

2. Narcolepsy

This is a frightening condition that can have dangerous consequences. People who suffer from narcolepsy cannot differentiate between sleeping and waking states.

This causes extreme sleepiness and people who have narcolepsy are incapable of preventing themselves from falling asleep. They can have dream-like hallucinations while they are awake and in addition to this, also experience paralysis as they are falling asleep or waking up.

Narcolepsy is often caused by a deficiency of a brain chemical called “hypocretin”. Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for narcolepsy. However, there are some medications that can help sufferers to manage these troublesome symptoms.

3. Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking is literally the state of walking while sleeping. This odd condition usually occurs during the deepest phase of sleep. It’s most common amongst children but can be an adult disorder too.

Sleepwalking can have comical results, as people report many adventures while their mind is asleep. Some people will run baths, raid the fridge, or even get dressed! Of course, it’s not all fun and games. In serious cases, people can injure themselves on their night time travels.

The exact cause of sleepwalking is unknown, but it seems to run in families. The best way to combat it is to reduce stress, drink less alcohol, avoid recreational drugs or sedatives and stick to a regular sleep schedule.

4. Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding is yet another strange disorder that affects the sleep of millions of people. Most sleep experts believe stress and anxiety are the culprits. Aside from causing damage to the teeth over time, sufferers often wake up with headaches and a sore jaw.

One of the ways to combat this is to not chew gum or anything that is not food since it creates a habit of grinding and chewing. Dentist in La Habra can also provide a mouth guard to protect the teeth However, the most important solution is to reduce stress and anxiety.

5. Sleep Apnea

This is when the throat becomes partially blocked while sleeping. Most people who suffer from this don’t always know until someone points it out to them. Usually, their sleeping partners will attest to very loud snoring and interrupted breathing throughout the night.

Sleep apnea can be dangerous. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke.

The common treatment method for this is a CPAP machine. This keeps the sleeping person’s throat open with a steady stream of air. Less common treatments include gum shields to hold the airway open or surgery to improve breathing by removing the tonsils.

Summary

Sleep is important to our health and well-being by protecting us from a whole host of diseases and conditions. However, there are certain sleeping disorders that can prevent you from getting the vital, high-quality sleep that you need.

Teeth grinding, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome are just some of the strange sleeping disorders that can interfere with your ability to get some kip. By following our above tips and seeking professional treatment, you can ensure that you (and your loved ones) stand the best chance of getting a good nights’ rest.

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TELUS Health expands digital home health monitoring to virtually support B.C. patients with or at risk of COVID-19

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Home Health Monitoring technology enables health providers to virtually observe British Columbians who are at home while reducing exposure to the virus

Vancouver – Today, TELUS Health announced the expansion of its Home Health Monitoring (HHM) solution so that nurses and other healthcare providers in British Columbia can digitally monitor more patients remotely while they recover from COVID-19 Launched in partnership with the B.C.

Ministry of Health and local health authorities, this digital health dashboard enables healthcare providers to track the symptoms and provide medical help for more patients as they recover outside of hospitals in the comfort of their own homes.

“As we face the immense challenge of COVID-19, TELUS Health is committed to working alongside BC’s healthcare leaders to expand the use of technology solutions like Home Health Monitoring to support more British Columbians while recovering at home,” said Darren Entwistle, president and CEO, TELUS.

“By enabling clinicians to remotely observe the vitals of patients with COVID-19, as well as those who are vulnerable to the virus, and provide necessary interventions early, we can reduce exposure and also help to alleviate the pressure in hospital emergency rooms and clinics.”

Easily accessible through a mobile device, the program sends daily prompts to the patient to report their biometrics such as temperature, physical symptoms and overall health condition. This provides crucial information on the status of a patient’s health to their clinicians who are regularly and remotely monitoring their well-being through a digital dashboard.

HHM allows healthcare providers to view information for multiple patients simultaneously, enabling them to more effectively manage the vitals of a larger number of patients so they can quickly identify those patients in need of urgent care. Depending on the escalation of their symptoms, some patients may be advised to contact their doctor, or visit their nearest hospital emergency room, while others with improving symptoms may be told to continue recovering and isolating at home.

“Home monitoring is a significant part of our response to the ongoing pandemic. We are grateful for the technology and partnership with TELUS Health enabling our efforts,” said Lisa Saffarek, Clinical Director Virtual Care and Home Health Monitoring lead at Island Health. “With the Home Health Monitoring solution, we are able to stay connected with our patients, provide symptom support and ensure our patients who are quarantined or isolated at home are provided with safe and effective care. The monitoring solution has also improved clinical capacity for our Public Health team, the front line of our pandemic response.”

Home Health Monitoring by TELUS Health has been in use in B.C, since 2013 to remotely monitor thousands of patients in the province living with chronic conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and respiratory diseases. The TELUS Home Health Monitoring system is aligned with the Canadian Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 protocols for the monitoring of patients recovering from COVID-19 outside of hospitals.

“The B.C. Ministry of Health has partnered with TELUS since 2013 to implement and evolve a provincial remote patient monitoring service for patients with chronic conditions,” said Corrie Barclay, Assistant Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Management and Information Technology with the B.C. Ministry of Health.

“Our investment has enabled us to act quickly to monitor our patients in isolation while also providing them with peace of mind, knowing that they are being monitored daily by their healthcare teams. As well, our clinicians are given the assurance that we are keeping track of our vulnerable citizens.”

As healthcare professionals risk their lives every day, TELUS Health is working hard to provide the technology solutions needed to keep them safe. Building off of this successful initiative in B.C., discussions with other provincial health ministries are underway to provide HHM technology to even more Canadians during these unprecedented times.

About TELUS Health and Payment Solutions

TELUS Health is a leader in digital health technology solutions such as home health monitoring, electronic medical and health records, virtual care, benefits and pharmacy management as well as personal emergency response services. TELUS Health is leveraging the power of technology to improve access to care and revolutionize the flow of health information to create better outcomes for Canadians while facilitating collaboration, efficiency and productivity for physicians, pharmacists, health authorities, allied healthcare professionals, insurers, employers and citizens.

TELUS Payment Solutions complements our health solutions by delivering secure, industry-compliant payment and lending solutions that connect lenders, payors, insurers, extended health care providers and financial institutions to their customers across Canada.

For more information please visit:
www.telushealth.com and www.telus.com/payment-solutions.

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City of Surrey online videos boost mental and physical health for all ages

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The popular at-home classes and activities have been viewed over 15,000 times

While recreation centres and libraries across Surrey are closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, city staff have found a way to connect with residents online to ensure physical and mental health exercises are available for families at home during the pandemic.

“We have called on our residents to physically distance to limit the spread of COVID-19, and I want to personally recognize our community for rising to this challenge,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “While we all follow the measures put in place, it is important that we continue to connect with each other. The videos we have launched ensure Surrey families have access to physical and mental exercises at home, and I’m pleased they have been so well received over the past 4 weeks.”

Led by certified instructors, the free fitness classes offer a range of exercises that do not require professional equipment, including yoga and body sculpt. For seniors, light stretching and low impact classes are available.

Surrey Libraries is offering virtual story times and singalongs for children to enjoy from home, featuring familiar librarians across the City. The popular Treehouse Storytime at Redwood Forrest is also available online, so families can connect with nature and enjoy craft making, puppets and songs. Parks staff take children on an educational walk through the forest, offering virtual ways to connect with nature from home.

“It is more important than ever that we continue to take care of our physical and mental well-being,” added Mayor McCallum. “In the coming weeks we will continue to add more videos for residents, and I invite you to check back often to make full use of the recreational, cultural and library services available.”

City of Surrey online classes can be found here.

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Emergency Response Centre opens at North Surrey Recreation Centre to support those experiencing homelessness

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To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, BC Housing, City of Surrey and Fraser Health have established a temporary Emergency Response Centre at Surrey’s previously decommissioned North Surrey Recreation Centre (NSRC).

The NSRC Emergency Response Centre will provide up to 110 safe spaces in the recreation centre, separated amongst the facility’s two rinks. The Centre will be referral-only which will prioritize the support of people living on the streets, in shelters, or for people coming out of acute care who do not have a safe place to self-isolate if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

“By utilizing the decommissioned North Surrey Recreation Centre, we are providing our most vulnerable population with the most essential protective measure against COVID-19, which is the ability to physical distance,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We will continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus within our community, and today’s establishment of the NSRC Emergency Response Centre is a crucial shift in our efforts. We thank BC Housing and Fraser Health for their collaboration and contributions in making this vital project possible.”

“It’s important for people who are street-entrenched or living in shelters to have a safe place to self-isolate and to physically distance. Combatting COVID-19 requires each person and community to work together and we’re proud to partner with BC Housing and the City of Surrey to ensure this vulnerable population has access to the support and care they need,” said Fraser Health president and CEO Dr. Victoria Lee

Referrals will be managed by Fraser Health to ensure those most at risk with the highest care needs are prioritized. This proactive approach will also help reduce capacity in nearby shelters in order to support physical distancing efforts.

BC Housing has appointed Surrey Urban Mission Society (SUMS) to operate and manage the centre, which will be staffed 24/7. Fraser Health staff will be onsite daily, supporting SUMS and providing ongoing health guidance.

BC Housing, with the support of City of Surrey, is continuing to explore opportunities to partner with local hotels to support frontline staff who are unable to go home during the COVID-19 outbreak, or for those who are unable to self-isolate due to living on the streets or in shelters.

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TELUS Health enables 26,000 Canadian family doctors to conduct virtual visits with their patients to reduce exposure risk

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Canada’s leading health IT company adds patient videoconferencing to its electronic medical records in British Columbia

Vancouver- Today, TELUS Health announced it is enabling 26,000 Canadian family doctors to conduct virtual visits with their patients by seamlessly integrating this functionality into its electronic medical records (EMRs) offering. TELUS Health has accelerated the development of this virtual video functionality in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, now that physicians in British Columbia and across the country can use virtual care fee codes.

Offered as a free service for the first four months, this new feature allows physicians to virtually support their own roster of patients while maintaining continuity of care and fully up-to-date health records.

“Continuity of care is so important, especially during this health crisis,” says Dr. Baldev Sanghera, B.C. Family physician. “With this new technology, I have a secure way to see my patients virtually and make sure they’re getting the best care possible, all while keeping both of us safe in our own homes.”

The new virtual care feature empowers physicians to book appointments, conduct video consultations and update patient records all within their EMR. Available from desktop, smartphone or tablet, the fully integrated virtual visit feature is mobile and eliminates the need to switch between multiple digital tools for seamless workflow, easing the burden on physicians and allowing them to focus more of their time on patient care.

The intuitive video call interface can then be placed side-by-side with the physician’s other EMR features, allowing them to take notes and review patient records at the same time. Meanwhile, patients can open the appointment link from their web browser, whether on their desktop computer or mobile device, and have the video appointment with their primary care physician. The feature offers both full audio and video capabilities, as well as a chat function through which written messages can be exchanged.

“In the face of this pandemic, we are working extremely hard to give Canadian clinicians the right digital tools to effectively help their patients and support their continuity of care,” says Dr. Diane McIntosh, Chief Neuroscience Officer, TELUS Health.

“We’ve made it a priority to make EMR-integrated virtual care available much sooner, allowing our physicians to securely connect with their patients and conduct virtual consultations via video on the same platform they already use to update digital records and information.”

About TELUS Health and Payment Solutions

TELUS Health is a leader in digital health technology solutions such as home health monitoring, electronic medical and health records, virtual care, benefits and pharmacy management as well as personal emergency response services.

TELUS Health is leveraging the power of technology to improve access to care and revolutionize the flow of health information to create better outcomes for Canadians while facilitating collaboration, efficiency and productivity for physicians, pharmacists, health authorities, allied healthcare professionals, insurers, employers and citizens.

TELUS Payment Solutions complements our health solutions by delivering secure, industry-compliant payment and lending solutions that connect lenders, payors, insurers, extended health care providers and financial institutions to their customers across Canada.

For more information please visit: www.telushealth.com | www.telus.com/payment-solutions.

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3D printing to support frontline workers during Covid-19

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Justin Ruscheinski is 3D printing to help those who work in healthcare and on the frontlines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many nurses have said that since they are working long overtime shifts during the pandemic, their ears have turned raw and painful from having the elastic strings of their face masks looped around their ears all day and night.

To solve this problem, Justin is using his 3D printer at home to make ear savers for surgical face masks that can wrap around and act as a banded support behind the head, to alleviate pain to the ears by not needing to have the elastic strings looped around the ears, as how it’s normally worn. The newly added ear saver, which is made of plastic, is attached to the face mask by locking the strings of the mask onto the clip.

When asked what motivated him to take on this project, Justin said “I’m just a happy guy with a 3D printer looking to support the frontline workers in any way I can. I want to support them on all the amazing things they’re doing.”

So far, he has made over 200 ear savers and receives requests daily for them. He has been donating them to nurses in Surrey and other cities in the lower mainland. And has set up an email (justin@3dprintingwithjustin.com) for healthcare workers to send in requests on how many they need. Ear savers can either be delivered or picked up.

Currently, Justin has one 3D printer and it takes a couple of hours to a few days to make a bunch of ear savers. And he might start printing a few different models for testing. To be able to make more ear savers, he has ordered another 3D printer which is expected to be delivered by April 11th, and that will allow him to push out 20 pieces every 11 hours if he runs at full force. In addition to that, he wishes to order more printers to help healthcare workers.

To help offset costs of 3D printers, material, and production, he has set up a GoFundMe page for those who would like to support his initiative and would like to gladly thank those who do. (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-to-support-our-front-line-workers)

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