high tech wearable deviceHigh-tech wearable fitness devices are in great demand now days. These types of devices usually track your movement and sleep, then put it into context for you.

A new device “ FitBit” counts steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled. FitBit amounts to $60-$100. They’re the kind you clip on.

FitBit is quite different from other such devices because there is an altimeter installed inside the device. This little measuring instrument can tell when you’re walking up or down stairs and therefore burning a few more calories. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Medication and Its Long Term Impacts

sleeping pillsSleeping pills are over-prescribed.  There should always be caution with prescribing these medications as some of the long-term effects on memory can be a problem. Instead more sex and cuddles with your partner are a better option for sleep.

Nationally nearly 680,000 sleeping pill prescriptions were doled out in the year to June 30. Before taking sleep medication, there were several things people could do to help with issues around sleep.

Avoiding stimulants like coffee and alcohol before bed, regular exercise and healthy eating are far better options. At the same time a hot bath, more sex and cuddles with your partner are among the highly recommended options. Read the rest of this entry

OSAThe American Sleep Apnea Association reports that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 1 in 4 men and 1 in 9 women in the United States. Eighty percent to 90 percent of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) cases remain undiagnosed.

If left unattended and untreated, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is directly linked with an increased incidence of hypertension, stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and memory loss.

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are also 10 times more likely to die from a motor vehicle accident because of impaired driving performance. Read the rest of this entry

As more Americans come to grips with the serious nature of their sleep problems, the number of medical facilities treating sleep illness is on the rise.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has accredited its 2,500th sleep center, setting an all-time high. That’s twice as many as five years ago and five times greater than a decade ago. The first center was accredited in 1977.

In addition, reflecting steadily increased demand for information and treatment, the Academy launched a website at www.sleepeducation.com, where sleep-starved Americans can search for the nearest AASM accredited member sleep centers.

“In general, far too many people accept sleep deprivation and sleepiness as a way of life. They see treatment of sleep illnesses as optional, like elective surgery. Our goal is to change attitudes and make medical treatment available,” said AASM President Sam Fleishman, MD. Read the rest of this entry

sleep apnea1 Sleep apnea is a common and potentially deadly sleep disorder in which your breathing may stop for 10 seconds or more multiple times per hour.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are two primary forms of sleep apnea:
– Obstructive sleep apnea
– Central sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of an airway obstruction that is typically caused by overly relaxed muscles in the throat. When these muscles relax, tissue in the throat can collapse, narrowing the airway and preventing adequate oxygen intake. Read the rest of this entry

sunita williams actiwatchTo develop measures to improve the quality and duration of sleep in space, scientists are conducting the Sleep — Wake Actigraphy and Light Exposure During Spaceflight — Long investigation or Sleep-Long. This study examines the sleep — wake patterns of the crew members while they are aboard the space station.

The quality and duration of slumber impact human health, attitude, and ability to focus. The Institute of Medicine released a report in 2006 stating that chronic sleep loss could lead to hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke and multiple psychiatric disorders. Crew members spend years training for missions on strenuous schedules and then, when they finally reach the space station, their coordinated timetable does not allow for hitting the snooze button.

The Sleep — Long investigation uses an objective approach to monitoring sleep by having the crew wear an Actiwatch. This device, which resembles a wristwatch, monitors sleep/wake activity using a miniature accelerometer that records crew movement. The Actiwatch also measures the ambient light conditions during the study. There is a subjective element to the investigation, as well, in which the crew maintains a daily sleep log for the duration of one week, every third week while aboard the space station.

Scientists compare sleep-wake activity and light exposure patterns from the data obtained in orbit with the baseline data collected on Earth. Results from the investigation may lead to changes in lighting requirements, sleep shifting schedules and workload plans for future space station occupants.

The study may also help to indicate when additional measures are needed to minimize the risks of sleep deprivation in orbit. Findings from the study will not only benefit the crew of the space station for the immediate future, but also have important implications for future long-duration exploration. Such findings may also provide improved sleep aids for those suffering from insomnia here on Earth, as well as benefit shift workers, such as hospital, law enforcement, and military staff.

Read Complete Article By by Jessica NimonNASA’s Johnson Space Center

manned spaceflightDisorders of sleep and circadian rhythmicity are characteristic of both advancing age and manned spaceflight.Sleep fragmentation, reduced nocturnal sleep tendency and sleep efficiency, reduced daytime alertness, and increased daytime napping are common to both of these conditions.

Recent research on the pathophysiology and treatment of disrupted sleep in older people has led to a better understanding of how the human circadian pacemaker regulates the timing of the daily sleep-wake cycle and how it responds to the periodic changes in the light-dark cycle to which we are ordinarily exposed. Read the rest of this entry

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Excercise For Good Sleep and Health in 2013

excerciseHolidays are usually filled with excitement, fun, food, stress, family and friends, and kindness. This New Year brings good news for everyone with a perfect opportunity to turn things around. It is now time to begin with few basics such as quitting on smoking, 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week (walking is great), eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and achieving a reasonable body weight.

When we talk about goals, it’s very important to set them, but even more important is to sustain them. You don’t want to quit trying after six weeks because the goal was too ambitious. The goal we should all have is to move to a healthier lifestyle. We want to make the changes feel natural so that they’re self-reinforcing. You’ll feel better when you start exercising and eating healthier food, and our hope is that you won’t want to lose that feeling. Read the rest of this entry

Sound Asleep Pillow

sound asleep pillowThe sound asleep pillow is filled with super comfy hollowfibre and its fabric is made from 50% cotton and 50% polyester. You cannot feel the speaker that is within the pillow but there is a connector jack on the side of the pillow so you can connect your MP3 player, smartphone or iPod and listen to you most beloved musical songs of true poets and have yourself a goodnight sleep.

Nothing defines relaxation like getting yourself cosy in bed and listening to your favourite music. The Sound Asleep Pillow is a clever and comfortable invention that plays your favourite tunes through a speaker that’s buried deep inside the pillow. Read the rest of this entry

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