sleepImageAcross the globe more than a million exhausted people with sleep apnea—a sleep and breathing disorder caused when throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep—get into car accidents, causing over a thousand deaths every year.

 Apnea is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, an additional $3.4 billion in medical costs, and $16 billion in auto collision costs. Even though apnea has telltale signs (loud snoring, daytime fatigue), it remains totally undiagnosed in almost 75 percent of the people.

Polysomnography, the only diagnostic sleep study for sleep apnea is not cheap generally. the standard medical sleep study, requires a medical technician to attach 22 wires to a person’s body and monitor them all night long. The average cost is nearly $3,000. This is quite an out of the pocket expense for anyone. Follow-up tests are even more cost bearing and burdensome. The idea of doing clinical sleep studies once a month to monitor progress is a diagnostic crack-pipe fantasy. 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

Freshly Retired Germans Sleep Better

retired german good sleepingFreshly retired Germans tend to sleep better than their working counterparts, concludes a recent research study. However, as old age sets in, getting good-quality sleep becomes increasingly difficult.

Owing to reasons linked to career or family related stress issues almost one third of the adults have, at some point in their lives, suffered from sleep problems.

According to the findings of a recently concluded research study by the scientists of the Basel University and the German Institute for Economic Research, the retirement or a substantial long break from professional strain is as a nocturnal respite for elders. Read the rest of this entry

poor sleep in university studentsSleep is an essential physiological process for humans. University students residing in countries that are quite resource limited in terms of healthcare and social structures often report poor sleep quality due to changing social opportunities and increasing academic demands.

Sleep quality among university students has never been studied in countries like Ethiopia. A recently concluded research study has attempted assessment of seep quality and its demographic and psychological correlates among university students. This study used cross-sectional survey methods and included participant students from two universities in Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry

female with sleep apneaFemales with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) show different psychological and physiological symptoms from males, which may be associated with sex-related variations in neural injury occurring with the disorder. To determine whether male- or female-specific brain injury is present in OSA, we assessed influences of sex on white matter changes in the condition.

80 subjects total, with newly diagnosed, untreated OSA groups of 10 female (age mean ± SE: 52.6 ± 2.4 years, AHI 22.5 ± 4.1 events/h) and 20 male (age 48.9 ± 1.7, AHI 25.5 ± 2.9) patients, and 20 female (age 50.3 ± 1.7) and 30 male (age 49.2 ± 1.4) healthy control subjects. Read the rest of this entry

Summer Silk Bedding and Pillows For Good Sleep

SleepApneaDisorder/Press Release/Charleston, SC /April 10, 2012/, the luxury silk company, has decided to launch more summer silk bedding options. This in response to the National Sleep Foundations 2012 sleep study which revealed some shocking figures when it comes to people and their sleep quality.

“I knew inherently that sleep was a big issue these days, but having 25% of people say they rarely if ever get a good sleep… that was like a call to arms.” says Dan Boyle the founder of A quality sleep is so important to proper daytime function. Many people struggle during the summer to find the right bedsheets which is why is releasing new silk sets built to match the way different people sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation recently wrapped up their 2012 sleep study. According to their survey results, 35% of people rated their sleep as “good” a few nights a week. 25% of people rated their sleep as “good” from never (3%) to only a few times a month (20%). And according to these same people over 87% said their bed sheets and pillows were two of the top three most important factors for a good sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Like A Baby As You Grow Old!

If you are getting older you are more likely to sleep like a baby!

Nearly 100 million Americans are suffering from one or other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, sleep disturbance and daytime fatigue to name just a few. But those who are getting older have good news that their sleep is getting better as they grow old. A good night’s sleep just like a baby sleep gets possible in older age.

A research study performed on more than 150,000 Americans concluded recently and published in the March edition of the Journal SLEEP revealed that sleep seems to improve over a lifetime, with the fewest sleep complaints coming from people in their 80s. Read the rest of this entry

Is Your Child Getting Healthy Sleep?

Sleep is sleep, isn’t it?

But have you ever thought about whether your child is getting healthy sleep?

The sleep quality among infants and children generally vary just as the quality of their diets do.

Healthy sleep is as important as good nutrition and exercise for normal growth and development. Sleep also impacts daytime mood and functioning. If your child has poor grades or other difficulties in school, it’s possible that could be traced back to lack of sleep. Read the rest of this entry

People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day  if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study  concludes.

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women,  ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a  week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65% improvement in  sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day,  compared to those with less physical activity.

The study, out in the December issue of the journal Mental  Health and Physical Activity, lends more evidence to mounting  research showing the importance of exercise to a number of health  factors. Read the rest of this entry

The researchers investigated whether sleep quantity and quality were related to 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure and cardiovascular reactivity  in children.

Researchers studied term-born, healthy 8.0-year olds (SD: 1.4 years) without sleep-disordered breathing (231 and 265 children provided valid data for analyses of ambulatory blood pressure and cardiovascular reactivity, respectively). Sleep was registered with an actigraph for 6 nights on average (SD: 1.2; range: 3 to 13 nights). Ambulatory blood pressure was measured for 24-hours (41% nonschool days) with an oscillometric device.

The children underwent the Trier Social Stress Test for Children, during which blood pressure, electrocardiography, and thoracic impedance were recorded and processed offline to give measures of cardiovascular and autonomic function.

Neither quantity nor quality of sleep was related to 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure or cardiovascular reactivity after accounting for major covariates (sex, age, height, body mass index, and parental education). Although lower sympathetic nervous system activation and higher cardiac activation under stress were found in the group of  children who slept for short duration when they were compared with the average sleep duration group, these associations were not significant after correction for multiple testing and were not seen in linear regression models of the effects of sleep duration.

These findings do not support the mainstream of epidemiological findings, derived from samples more heterogeneous in age, sociodemographic characteristics, and health, suggesting that poor sleep is associated with an unhealthy cardiovascular phenotype.

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