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  • Get fit this summer to improve your sleep

    Jun 25 2014...
    Your summer fitness plan will help to do more than flatten your belly. By losing at least 5 percent of your weight, you’ll sleep longer and more soundly, a new study shows.

    For example, for someone who weighs 200 pounds, losing just 10 pounds will pay off in your sleep quality. Another benefit of weight loss is feeling happy and more awake during the daytime. Past research shows high-quality sleep has major mood benefits. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep loss has a steep cost for your health

    Jun 23 2014...
    Failing to get enough sleep does much more than slow you down or make you grumpy. It is destructive to your overall health. USA Today spoke with sleep experts and discovered that if you don't snooze, you lose.

    American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler told USA Today that poor health is the price you pay for ongoing sleep loss. AASM Past President Dr. Safwan Badr added that sleep is one of the three pillars of health. It is as important as nutrition and exercise. READ MORE>>
  • Most U.S. teens are still losing sleep

    Jun 16 2014...
    New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what most high school teachers already know: U.S. teens aren’t getting enough sleep.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens get a little more than nine hours of nightly sleep for optimal health and daytime alertness. But CDC data show that only 31.7 percent of high school students report sleeping at least eight hours on a typical school night. Clearly, American teens are failing to make the grade when it comes to their sleep. READ MORE>>
  • AASM warns against drowsy driving

    Jun 12 2014...
    A highway collision that left comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition and killed his mentor is shedding light on the tragic consequences of drowsy driving. Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes and 1,550 deaths on American roads each year.

    “Drowsy driving is a threat to personal health and public safety – it’s just as dangerous as drunk driving,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). READ MORE>>
  • Marijuana use can affect sleep quality

    Jun 11 2014...
    A new study suggests that marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality.

    Results show that any history of cannabis use was associated with an increased likelihood of reporting difficulty falling asleep and struggling to maintain sleep. Participants also reported experiencing non-restorative sleep and feeling daytime sleepiness. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep Well, Be Well: A national health priority

    May 16 2014...
    The “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is a reminder that sleep is one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Why is healthy sleep important? It promotes physical health and mental well-being. It also boosts performance and reduces safety risks. Yet millions of Americans are failing to get the sleep that their body needs. Learn the healthy sleep basics. Then make healthy sleep one of your top priorities. READ MORE>>
  • Poor sleep could affect survival time for women with breast cancer

    May 02 2014...
    A new study shows that sleep efficiency (SE) is predictive of survival time for women with breast cancer. Sleep efficiency is the number of minutes of sleep divided by the number of minutes in bed.

    New research involved 97 women with advanced breast cancer. The women had an average age of 55 years. READ MORE>>
  • Former Super Bowl champ throws a block at sleep apnea

    Apr 17 2014...
    Former Super Bowl champion and college football analyst Aaron Taylor fights sleep apnea. Taylor wants people to know they don’t have to suffer. He is successfully treating his sleep apnea and he’s seen a significant improvement in his health and quality of life.
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  • Stroke, cancer and death: the long-term risks of sleep apnea

    Apr 16 2014...
    Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea makes you four times more likely to die when the sleep disorder is left untreated in the long term. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death.

    The findings were based on a 20-year follow-up of an ongoing health study. Researchers observed cancer rates were 2.5 times higher in people who had sleep apnea at the study’s onset in 1990. These patients also were four times as likely to have a stroke. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep apnea, shift work a danger on the roads and rails

    Apr 09 2014...
    The engineer reported feeling “dazed and “almost like mesmorized” right before his train hit a sharp curve and careened off the tracks in December. Months later, an NTSB investigation suggests sleep disorders and poor quality sleep played a large role in the deadly New York commuter train accident that killed four people and injured more than 70.

    In the aftermath of the derailment, the engineer visited a board certified sleep physician, who diagnosed him with severe sleep apnea. When the disorder is untreated, it can cause fatigue, slow reaction times, reduced alertness and impaired thinking.

    At 5-foot-10 and 261 lbs (a severely obese), the conductor’s sleep disorder should have been detected long before he went to work that morning. If the disorder had been diagnosed and treated sooner, it’s possible that the deadly accident could have been prevented.

    More than 100,000 accidents every year involve a drowsy or impaired driver. A vast majority of these accidents occur every day on our roadways and don’t receive as much attention as the New York train derailment. However, many are just as deadly and just as preventable. READ MORE>>