Firefighters May Have Undiagnosed Sleep Disorders

firefighters sleep problemsA recently concluded research study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has revealed that many firefighters may have undiagnosed sleep disorders.

Researchers examined nearly 7,000 firefighters from 66 fire departments across the United States. Of those, 37% suffered from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, shift-work disorder and restless leg syndrome.

“These firefighters have also been found prone to car accidents or to have fallen asleep while driving”, the study findings have recorded. Chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety also have large probability among these firefighters, according to the research revelations. Read the rest of this entry

Over the shelf sleep drugsAlmost everyone suffers from trouble sleeping at one time or another. Insomnia – the inability to sleep – isn’t a single disorder itself, but rather a general symptom like fever or pain.

People with insomnia may be plagued by trouble falling asleep, unwelcome awakenings during the night, and fitful sleep. They may experience daytime drowsiness, yet still be unable to nap, and are often anxious and irritable or forgetful and unable to concentrate.

Nearly half of insomnia stems from underlying psychological or emotional issues. Stressful events, mild depression, or an anxiety disorder can keep people awake at night. When the underlying cause is properly treated, insomnia usually improves. If not, additional strategies to help promote sleep may be needed. Read the rest of this entry

crying babyMothers of newborns face a common dilemma with crying babies waking up at night. Waking up in the middle of the night is the most common concern that parents of infants report to pediatricians.

According to the findings of a study published in Developmental Psychology, a majority of infants are best left to self-soothe and fall back to sleep on their own.

By six months of age, most babies sleep through the night, awakening their mothers only about once per week. However, not all children follow this pattern of development.

Researchers measured patterns of nighttime sleep awakenings in infants ages six to 36 months. It revealed two groups: sleepers and transitional sleepers. If you measure them while they are sleeping, all babies—like all adults—move through a sleep cycle every 1 1/2 to 2 hours where they wake up and then return to sleep.Some of them do cry and call out when they awaken, and that is called ‘not sleeping through the night. Read the rest of this entry

sleep apnea experinecSleepApneaDisorder/CHICAGO/[Press Release]/ Physical wellbeing is not the only thing impaired by disrupted sleep patterns. While we’ve all experienced a sluggish day after a poor night’s sleep, adults with untreated obstructive sleep apnea can jeopardize much more than a productive day at the office. Drowsy, fatigued drivers have reduced reaction times and decision-making skills, posing a significant risk to themselves and others on the road. Dr. Brian Rotskoff of Clarity Allergy Center tests for and treats adult sleep apnea and childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at his three Chicagoland offices.

Dr. Rotskoff specializes in nasal allergies, immunotherapy, asthma, as well as sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. “Sleep apnea is a breathing issue, first and foremost,” explains Dr. Rotskoff. “It is often characterized by snoring and restless sleep patterns, but what really happens during sleep apnea is breathing resistance or pauses in breathing. That resistance shouldn’t be ignored.” Dr. Rotskoff provides comprehensive screening for children and adults with OSA in Chicago, nocturnal sleep studies, and treatment using the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. 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

sleep center1WellStar Health System is celebrating helping people sleep better with the 20th anniversary of WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program.

The Sleep Medicine Program was launch in March of 1993 with a two-beded sleep center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Today, WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program has 20 beds at four locations in metro Atlanta and has performed nearly 30,000 sleep studies.

About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems. The WellStar Sleep Medicine Program treats sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea.

Sleep centers are located at WellStar Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill Hospitals and the WellStar Acworth Health Park. The Sleep Medicine program now offers home sleep testing and plans to open two additional sleep centers at South Cherokee Medical Center in Woodstock and at the new East Cobb Health Park, slated to open September 2014. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit wellstar.org.

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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
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