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  • 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. This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. 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>>
  • 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.” READ MORE>>
  • 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>>