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  • Many U.S. workers sleeping less to work more

    Dec 16 2014...
    A new study suggests that work is stealing sleep from many Americans.

    The study analyzed data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). It included responses from more than 124,000 people. They described how they spent their time in the past 24 hours. READ MORE>>
  • Alarm app Wakie lets you wake up to a conversation

    Dec 09 2014...


    The new alarm clock app Wakie for your smartphone lets you start the morning with a conversation with a complete stranger from anywhere in the world. The innovative app is a promising and potentially awkward alternative way to wake up.

    The concept of the app is simple: you set a time in which someone will call you, much like the kind of wake-up call you get at a hotel. The entire experience is safe and completely anonymous. When you receive the phone call, it will only display the country of origin. READ MORE>>
  • Sleepless in America Review

    Dec 02 2014...
    The new documentary "Sleepless in America" explores sleep loss as a byproduct of modern society. Or more specifically, it reveals the compounding consequences of having a population that simply does not get enough sleep.

    The road we are heading down is not pleasant. With drowsy drivers who are every bit as dangerous as drunks to the associated long-term health problems like diabetes and dementia, the long-term cost of sleep loss is excessive.



    "Sleepless in America" will reair Sunday, December 7 at 8 P.M. EST. The documentary is a co-production of National Geographic, the Public Good Projects and the National Institutes of Health. READ MORE>>
  • Teens with earlier school start times have higher crash rates

    Nov 28 2014...
    A new study suggests that teen drivers who start class earlier in the morning are involved in more car accidents than peers with a later school start time.

    The study analyzed data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. It compared teen crash rates in two nearby counties during two school years. One county had a high school start time of 7:20 a.m. Classes in the other county began at 8:45 a.m. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep medicine in America: Infographic

    Nov 25 2014...
    Millions of people in the U.S. are struggling to sleep well at night and stay awake during the day. Our nation’s sleep problem is so widespread that the CDC has called insufficient sleep “a public health epidemic.” The need for high quality sleep care has never been greater. The good news is that sleep medicine expertise is available all across America.

    About 7,500 doctors in the U.S. are board certified in sleep medicine. There also are more than 2,500 sleep centers that are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
    Sleep Medicine in America infographic
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  • Type 2 diabetics have high risk for sleep apnea

    Nov 17 2014...
    The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project advises everyone with Type 2 diabetes to be aware of their high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). November is National Diabetes Month.

    Research shows that sleep apnea afflicts 7 in 10 people with Type 2 diabetes. OSA is a chronic disease that involves repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Little sleep, big cost: Infographic

    Nov 10 2014...
    How much sleep do you get each night? The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project recommends that adults get at least seven hours of nightly sleep for optimal health and alertness. But millions of adults in the U.S. sleep six hours or less per night. Sleep loss also is more common in some professions than others. This infographic is a reminder that sleep loss has a steep cost. Insufficient sleep increases your risk of chronic disease. Make it one of your top priorities to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Sleep Well, Be Well!

    Sleep Well Be Well infographic
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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>>