Sleep Apnea and Drowsy Driving Risks

drowsy drivingSleep Apnea and Driving

  • Sleeping less than six hours a night and/or snoring triples your risk of falling asleep at the wheel and untreated sleep apnea increases that risk seven times, says the National Sleep Foundation
  • Driving drowsy slows reaction time and impairs ability to make sound decisions
  • Driver fatigue causes 100,000 crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Impaired sleep impacts driving performance much the same way as alcohol; combined, exhaustion and alcohol yield dangerous results on the road Read the rest of this entry

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Sleep Problems and Work Performance

  • sleep and work performance43% of Americans between 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights
  • 60% of Americans say they experience a sleep problem every night or almost every night, such as waking in the night, waking up too early, or feeling un-refreshed when they get up in the morning
  • 61% of Americans say they use a computer at least a few nights a week within an hour of going to bed
  • Americans drink, on average, three 12-ounce caffeinated beverages on a weekday
  • 74% of workers over 30 who report not getting adequate sleep say that sleepiness affects their work
  • 9% of Americans say they are likely to fall asleep at an inappropriate moment, such as during a meeting or while driving Read the rest of this entry

Poor Sleep Leads To Migraines

chronic-migraine-headachesExperts are of the opinion that spending hours hunched over a computer screen, not sleeping enough or even overdoing it at the gym could be blamed for migraines.

According to health specialists the pressures of modern life can be as disabling as dietary triggers like takeaways, red wine, cheese and chocolate.

There are cases when some of the sufferers were falling victim to attacks because they were desperately trying not to eat certain foods but neglecting their posture and becoming over-dependent on painkillers. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Deprivation Makes People Feel Less Grateful

be gratefulA recently concluded research revealed that sleep deprivation makes people feel less grateful in their daily lives. The problem gets aggravated with one of the partners not getting enough sleep because of the sleep problems faced by other partner and this increases overall chances of feeling grateful than usual toward them the next day.The sleep disorders may cause serious relationship problems among the partners.

At the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Amie Gordon, the researcher and a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley  said ,”It really takes two well-rested partners for people to feel the most grateful,” Gordon said”. Read the rest of this entry

Lack of Sleep Affects Work

sleep at workThe quality and duration of sleep you are getting every night could be impacting your work, your company and of course your boss as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 40 million workers in the United States alone are not getting enough sleep, and that could be costing the companies they work for.

Harvard scientists are looking into billions of dollars in lost productivity because people are not operating at their peak. Many of the companies just had their busiest month to date for people coming in, for sleep related issues. Read the rest of this entry

Nightcap Before Bed is Not A Good Idea

Alcohol-and-SleepA recently concluded review of research studies conducted during past revealed that a nightcap before bed probably isn’t a good idea.

Scientists at the London Sleep Centre observed that alcohol may help you drift off, but it can also disrupt your sleep cycle.

Alcohol forced shortening of the time it takes to fall asleep and can quickly send you off into deep sleep, but it also reduces the most satisfying type of sleep, REM sleep, which is where dreams occur.

People easily fall in the trap and can become dependent on alcohol for sleep, researchers say, and alcohol can turn non-snorers into snorers, and snorers into people with sleep apnea.

Dr. Irshaad Ebrahim, medical director at the London Sleep Centre and coauthor of the review, and his team looked at more than 100 studies on sleep, analyzing 20 in detail as to how alcohol alters sleep.

The findings will be published in the April 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

If you’re using alcohol as a sleep aid, better opt for alternatives, such as getting regular exercise, avoiding caffeine in the evening, and establishing regular waking and sleeping times. Also keep your bedroom at a cool temperature and reserve your bed for sleeping and sex only.

Advanced Sleep Institute Opens in Carbondale

sleep centerSleep disorders affect millions of Americans each year, and for the cause of addressing the issue Dr. Fakhre Alam decided to open a laboratory, research and treatment facility, the “Advanced Sleep Institute” in Carbondale in October. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffered from sleep-related difficulties in 2011, according to self-reporting statistics compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, and it can affect memory, concentration and mood.

Dr. Alam chose Carbondale because the city lacked a sleep disorder center. He also thought it would be convenient for his and others’ patients in Carbondale who suffer from sleep disorders.

Advanced Sleep Institute features four observation rooms with full-size beds, fans, private bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and other amenities. Subjects are monitored using sensors attached to their bodies while technicians observe them with cameras capable of zooming in close enough to read the face of a wristwatch. Read the rest of this entry

Advance Sleep Tracker Covers All Sleep Indicators

lullaby sleep tracking systemSleep tracking is an innovative concept and now days there are different types of sleep tracking devices available. Gadgets shaped like headsets, bracelets, and thumb drives (like the ZeoBasis, or Fitbit) even under-mattress sensor pads that will track a whole constellation of sleep indicators—body temperature, movement, electrical activity in your brain are at offer in the open markets.

Recently an advancement has been achieved by the prototype tracker built at the University of Washington which goes one step further. Read the rest of this entry

childhood-obesityObesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s triple the rate from just one generation ago.

A New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study found 40 percent of Vineland children between ages 6 and 11 are overweight, compared to 21 percent nationally.

Almost 90 percent of children aren’t eating enough vegetables. Majority of the children aren’t physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. This unhealthy reality has long-term consequences, too.

As weight increases so do the risks for coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon), hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems and gynecological problems. Read the rest of this entry

advancementsThe treatments for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have undergone major advancements through past decade.

Nasal continuous positive airway pressure, initially described in 1981, remains the cornerstone of therapy even today.

Advances in mask interfaces, the use of humidification, the downloading of usage information, the development of pressure delivery modifications, and reductions in the size and noise of the machines have improved the devices over the past decade.

Nevertheless, the basic premise of positive pressure delivery to splint the airway remains the primary driver of efficacy.  Read the rest of this entry

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