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  • Insomnia increases risk of death from accidental injuries

    Nov 06 2014...
    New research links insomnia to a higher risk of deadly accidents such as falls and car crashes.

    The study involved more than 54,000 men and women. They completed a health survey that included questions about their sleep. The study tracked them for an average of about 13 years. READ MORE>>
  • Drowsy driving kills thousands each year on U.S. roads

    Nov 03 2014...
    A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that drowsy driving may cause 6,400 fatal crashes on U.S. roads each year. The public release of the report coincides with Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Nov. 2 – 9, 2014.

    Results show that 21 percent of deadly crashes involved a drowsy driver. The results suggest that drowsy driving is involved in 328,000 crashes each year. About 109,000 of these crashes result in injuries. READ MORE>>
  • Fall back to an earlier bedtime as daylight saving time ends

    Oct 31 2014...
    The end of daylight saving time on the first Sunday in November is the perfect time to make healthy sleep a priority. The time change arrives when it is already getting dark earlier in the evening. Setting the clock back an hour provides the ideal opportunity for sleep-deprived adults to adopt an earlier bedtime.

    Are you getting at least seven hours of nightly sleep? If not, then you can benefit from an earlier bedtime. Here are some tips to take advantage of the fall time change. READ MORE>>
  • Haunted Health: Sleep apnea infographic

    Oct 31 2014...
    Is obstructive sleep apnea haunting your house? This Haunted Health infographic from the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project will help you identify the scary signs of OSA. Take action before your health becomes a horror story. Instead of screaming, pledge to “Stop the Snore” and talk to a doctor about sleep apnea. READ MORE>>
  • Six ways sleep apnea makes your life a horror movie

    Oct 30 2014...
    Sleep apnea can be a nightmare for your health, making it feel like you are living in a horror movie. Is obstructive sleep apnea haunting your health? Watch out for these six scary signs.

    Take action before your health becomes a horror story. Instead of screaming, pledge to "Stop the Snore" and talk to a doctor about sleep apnea. It's time for the nightmare to end! READ MORE>>
  • Sleep apnea contributed to deadly train derailment

    Oct 28 2014...
    A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board concludes that sleep problems played a role in a deadly train derailment last December. The train entered a curve where the speed limit was 30 miles per hour. But the train continued traveling at a speed of 82 mph. As a result the locomotive and all seven cars went off the rails. Four people were killed, and 61 others were injured.

    The NTSB report concluded that the Metro-North train engineer had fallen asleep. His sleepiness was blamed on undiagnosed, severe obstructive sleep apnea. His sleep also may have been disrupted by a recent change in his work shift. READ MORE>>
  • Prevent drowsy driving to save teen lives

    Oct 24 2014...
    Drowsy driving accidents can occur at any age. But data show that the risk of drowsy driving is highest among drivers who are between 16 and 24 years old. The risk of a drowsy driving crash also is 60 percent higher among males than females.

    Promoting safe driving is especially important for the health of teens. The CDC reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death to teens. Do your part to help teens stay safe on the road by staying “Awake at the Wheel.” READ MORE>>
  • Sleep loss contributed to plane crash that killed five

    Oct 22 2014...
    A new report suggests that drowsy flying can be as deadly as drowsy driving. The report describes a National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a February 2013 plane crash.

    The NTSB final report concludes that a sleepy pilot was flying the business plane. The resulting crash killed all five passengers. The NTSB concluded that “his fatigue due to acute sleep loss” contributed to the tragedy. Another factor was “his ineffective use of time between flights to obtain sleep.” READ MORE>>
  • Stay “Awake at the Wheel” to prevent drowsy driving

    Oct 21 2014...
    A recent highway accident in New Jersey brought national attention to the dangers of drowsy driving. One person was killed and four others were injured in the crash. Comedian Tracy Morgan was one of the victims who was hurt in the drowsy driving collision. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project warns that such accidents are a pervasive threat to public health and safety.

    Data show that drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roads each year. The CDC estimates that drowsy driving may be a factor in as many as 7,500 fatal crashes annually.The Healthy Sleep Project urges every driver to keep our roads safe by staying “Awake at the Wheel." READ MORE>>
  • Treating sleep apnea in heart patients reduces future hospital visits

    Oct 17 2014...
    The new study involved 104 heart patients in the hospital who reported symptoms of sleep apnea. They were being treated for problems such as heart failure or a heart attack. Each underwent a portable sleep study. It gives doctors the facts they need to diagnose sleep apnea. The study measures vital signs such as breathing, blood oxygen level and heart rate.

    Results show that 78 percent of the heart patients had sleep apnea. Most of these cases involved obstructive sleep apnea. OSA is a chronic disease that involves repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep. These breathing pauses put enormous stress on the heart. As a result people with OSA have a high risk of heart disease and heart-related death. READ MORE>>