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  • 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>>
  • 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>>
  • Insomnia Awareness Day facts and stats

    Mar 10 2014...
    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared that today is Insomnia Awareness Day. Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some this is only a brief problem. But for others, insomnia can become a severe, ongoing struggle.

    What should you do if insomnia is having a negative impact on your sleep quality, health or daytime functioning? Contact a local AASM accredited sleep disorders center for help. Don’t let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well and feeling your best. Get help today. READ MORE>>
  • Time change: raising insomnia awareness on nation’s most sleep deprived day

    Mar 06 2014...
    The national rate of car accidents, heart attacks and lost workplace productivity may spike Monday, coinciding with the first weekday following the “spring forward” time change. As we enter the final weeks of winter, we look forward to the extra hour of evening sunlight that the return to daylight saving time brings, at the expense of an hour of weekend sleep. “Black Monday” brings a shock to the nation’s circadian system as millions of Americans experience acute insomnia from the time change.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is using this particularly difficult Monday to help raise awareness of insomnia. The AASM is declaring March 10 as Insomnia Awareness Day to remind people with insomnia that help is available at a local AASM accredited sleep center. READ MORE>>
  • Running to sleep: Pictures of life

    Jan 15 2014...
    Smiling joggers and sleepers are everywhere - at least in stock photos. But are these pictures true to life? Maybe for some. But for others, these idealized images hide the struggles and frustrations of everyday life.

    What caption would you give to the picture of your sleep? READ MORE>>
  • What to do when you can't sleep

    Jan 03 2014...
    When you can't sleep, physicians recommend that you get out of bed and spend some time doing a quiet, relaxing activity until you are tired. Many of the things that you may do during the daytime or evening (watching tv, using your tablet or phone, etc) may make you feel more alert, so falling asleep may be difficult. So what can you do instead? David Neubauer, MD, a sleep physician at Johns Hopkins shares the recommendations that he gives to patients.


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  • When to take a sleeping pill for insomnia

    Aug 07 2013...
    Sleeping pills can be an effective treatment for chronic insomnia. But like any other drug, sleep medications can have side effects. One potential side effect of sleeping pills is daytime drowsiness.

    Sleep medications are powerful hypnotics. They can be helpful because they cause a strong urge to sleep. But you don’t want this sleepiness to persist after you wake up. One way to minimize the risk of daytime sleepiness is to take a sleeping pill at the right time of night. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep and Caffeine

    Aug 01 2013...
    Caffeine is a natural substance that can be extracted from plants. Natural sources of caffeine include coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa beans. It also can be produced synthetically.

    Caffeine is a type of drug that promotes alertness. These drugs are called “stimulants.” Caffeine acts as an “adenosine receptor antagonist.” Adenosine is a substance in your body that promotes sleepiness. Caffeine blocks the adenosine receptor to keep you from feeling sleepy. READ MORE>>
  • Recap: AASM President provides sleep education on Twitter

    Jul 19 2013...
    AASM President Safwan Badr, MD recently participated in a Twitter chat to educate the public about sleep disorders and clear up some misconceptions about sleep. The Wednesday discussion was organized by the Wall Street Journal and moderated by health reporter Shirley Wang. The following is a recap of the chat. Each of the responses was provided in 140 characters or less in response to questions from the moderator. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep tips for the summer

    Jul 12 2013...
    Long days, busy social schedules and humid, hot weather make summer a difficult season to get a good night’s sleep. Short-term insomnia due to environmental causes is fairly common this time of year. There’s no reason to concede your sleep and lean on caffeine when you can adjust your environment and your behavior to be more sleep friendly. Follow these tips and you the summer won’t disrupt your sleep: READ MORE>>