sleep betterThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40.6 million American workers – 30% of the civilian workforce – sleep fewer than six hours per night, well below the recommended seven to nine hours. And that chronic exhaustion is costing the economy $63.2 billion in lost productivity, according to a Harvard Medical School study.

The employers have overlooked the effect this sleep deprivation can have on employee health and performance, even in the face of a growing body of research that links poor or inadequate sleep not only to low productivity but also to higher rates of depression, obesity, heart disease and cancer.

That’s starting to change, as The Wall Street Journal reports that the companies – including Goldman Sachs Group Inc Procter & Gamble Co. , and hedge-fund firm D.E. Shaw & Co. – are investing in sleep-hygiene workshops, online coaching for insomniacs, nap pods, and even special office lighting that helps regulate the body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Read the rest of this entry

Insufficient Sleep Causes Obesity

insufficient sleepA recently concluded research revealed that sufficient sleep is critical for controlling obesity. The research participants who slept just five hours a night over a workweek gained nearly two pounds of weight. Findings of this research study have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“I don’t think extra sleep by itself is going to lead to weight loss,” said Kenneth Wright, director of University of Colorado-Boulder’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, which led the study. Read the rest of this entry

sleepingSleep apnea have been estimated to affect adversely more than six percent of the working population across the globe. Ironically almost 80 percent of these people don’t even know that they are suffering from such a deadly sleep disorder.

A recently concluded research study involving  more than 4200 workers at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands revealed startling finding. Philips and a research team from the Netherlands University of Twente worked together to identify just how often workers are victimized by the commonest form of sleep apnea, an intermittent blockage in the upper airways while sleeping that’s called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS).

According to the US National Institutes of Health the surprisingly serious condition often slips by without being diagnosed because, you are sleeping. However, if you live with anybody else, you should pay attention if they complain that you snore. When you try to breathe through the blockage, it can cause extremely loud and disruptive snoring as your body struggles to catch its breath. And that’s the first sign of a problem. Read the rest of this entry

Insomnia May Lead To Heart Disease

insomniaA recently concluded research study revealed that insomnia may be related to at least one form of heart disease.

Research findings published in the latest issue of the European Heart Journal established that people who suffered with multiple insomnia symptoms were three times more likely to develop heart failure. Heart failure is caused by a weakened heart muscle which can no longer pump blood sufficiently through the body.

Three key symptoms of insomnia were focused by the researchers. According to lead researcher, Dr Lars Laugsand, from the Department of Public Health, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, Norway, a substantial increase in heart failure involved the presence of all three indicators.  Read the rest of this entry

sleep apnea2According to an estimate almost two-thirds of people with a potentially deadly sleep disorder have not been diagnosed – and are therefore not getting treatment.

Undiagnosed sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Sleep disorders, including OSA and sleep deprivation, are a global epidemic, affecting almost 45 per cent of the world’s population.

Commemorating the World Sleep Day 2013, Philips Resprionics is raising the stakes on OSA and pledging to test one million at-risk people over the next five years.

Philips is a leader in sleep health and committed making a good night’s sleep a healthy priority through the development of OSA treatment solutions that offer freedom and independence for millions of people suffering from chronic conditions.

It is now time to know that if you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), take this Sleep Quiz .

Snoring Children May Have Sleep Apnea Too

snoring in childrenSnoring is very common among the children. Nearly 10 per cent children snore most nights. Snoring is a noise that occurs during sleep when the child is breathing in and there is some blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth.

The opening and closing of the air passage causes a vibration of the tissues in the throat. The loudness is affected by how much air is passing through and how fast the throat tissue is vibrating.

Children aged three years or older tend to snore during the deeper stages of sleep. Primary snoring is defined as snoring that is not associated with more serious problems such as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), frequent arousals from sleep, or inability of the lungs to breathe in sufficient oxygen. Read the rest of this entry

Daylight Savings Time:Tips To Sleep Better

daylight saving timeIt’s once again time to “spring forward” and change the clocks as Daylight Savings Time takes place.While the lost hour of sleep may cause some people to feel sluggish on Sunday and Monday, most will quickly adjust. Unfortunately, for a significant number of Americans, losing just one hour of sleep and having to wake up when the timing of your biological clock has not yet adjusted can affect performance and safety.Sleep problems are widespread and on the rise, yet many people dismiss the issue and don’t realize the consequences that can result. Even one hour of lost sleep can take a toll on one’s health and many individuals experience grogginess, difficulty focusing, irritability and more seriously, drowsy driving. Statistically in the days following Daylight Savings there are more car accidents due to the lack of alertness. Read the rest of this entry

Mothers Are Sleep Deprived Than Fathers

father-mother-and-boy-sleepingA recently concluded survey results established the facts that the mothers are officially sleep deprived compared to fathers. They take longer to get off to sleep, are more likely to wake in the night and suffer more sleep disturbance from their children.

It is well recognized that women are poorer sleepers compared to the men, but findings from The Great British Sleep Survey show mothers fare worse than anyone.

Overall, mothers spend 10 minutes longer on average trying to get to sleep, and almost another 10 minutes extra awake during the night than fathers.The survey of over 21,000 UK adults found men better sleepers than women.  Read the rest of this entry

Dream Water To Sleep Better and Naturally

dream waterSleep is so important that even if you lose one hour in sleeplessness it can wreak havoc on your health.

Lack of sleep could lead to multiple health problems including sleep disorders, weight gain, inflammatory diseases, inattention while driving, just plain crankiness.

Dream Products has created a natural sleep aid meant to help people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep: Dream Water. It’s a zero-calorie, 2.5-ounce shot of drug-free sleep aid.

The company is promoting the “Dream Water” as a natural treatment. The main ingredients include GABA (gamma-amino buteric acid), an amino acid that helps you relax; melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleep; and 5-HTP, an amino acid to improve sleep quality, meaning it helps you stay asleep.

The amino acid 5-HTP is similar to what is in turkey, to which people attribute sleep-inducing characteristics.

Dream Water flavors have clever names like Snoozeberry, which is pomegranate and blueberry; NighTea Night, citrus flavors; and Paradise PM, tropical flavors.

Shots come in a four-pack for about $14, a 12-pack and a 24-pack, and are available at most drug stores and online. The website is promoting a free Snoozeberry sample now. Find out more at www.drinkdreamwater.com.

Physical Activity Ensures Better Sleep

excercise1A recent poll from the National Sleep Foundation reveals that there is a significant association between exercise and better sleep. In this poll, self-described exercisers report better sleep compared to non-exercisers, by a rate of 67% vs. 39%.

Exercisers also report less sleep problems like waking up in the middle of the night, and difficulty falling asleep in contrast to the 50% of non-exercisers who report these sleep problems.

Lack of sleep can lead to problems such as impaired judgment, over-eating, fatigue, and decreased productivity. Individuals categorized as non-exercisers also had a higher risk of sleep apnea, a medical condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep. This condition increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.   Read the rest of this entry

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