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  • 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. 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>>
  • Staying active may help promote healthy sleep in middle-age

    Oct 08 2014...
    A new study suggests that staying fit may help middle-aged adults avoid sleep problems.

    "Staying active won't cure sleep complaints, but it will reduce the odds of them," lead author Rodney Dishman said in a news release. "The more active you stay, the better off you'll be." READ MORE>>
  • Goodnight Darth Vader: Book review

    Oct 06 2014...
    Darth Vader may be a Sith Lord and Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet. But even he feels like a helpless battle droid when it’s time to put the kids to bed. Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown is a fanciful bedtime book that will delight young fans of the Star Wars saga. It imagines Vader as a yawning, exhausted dad. All he wants is for his children to understand “the power of sleep.”


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  • Public health impact of sleep apnea is severe

    Oct 02 2014...
    The National Health Sleep Awareness Project is shedding light on the public health impact of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Afflicting at least 25 million adults in the U.S., sleep apnea is a serious and growing problem.

    Sleep apnea is a chronic disease that involves repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a number of health problems. It increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression. READ MORE>>
  • Larger tongue with more fat may predict sleep apnea risk in obese adults

    Sep 30 2014...
    A new study of obese adults shows that those who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a significantly larger tongue with a higher amount of fat. OSA is a chronic disease that involves repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep.

    “Tongue size is one of the physical features that should be evaluated by a physician when screening obese patients to determine their risk for obstructive sleep apnea,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler. He is president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. READ MORE>>
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