Sleep Deprivation

  • Goodnight Smartphone Image

    New bedtime story for adults reminds you to eliminate distractions and set the mood for a good night’s sleep.

    Reading to children has been shown increase their vocabulary and is linked with academic success, creativity and increased bonding between parents and children. Reading before bed is routine for many families as a time to slow down, quiet down and prepare for sleep. Goodnight moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, … Read More »

  • Sleep Technician Hooking up a Child for Sleep Study Image

    The Real Reason They Call it the Graveyard Shift…

    I wanted to start this week with a real warm and fuzzy post about how grateful we are for our sleep technologists. We call them night techs. Each October, the American Association of Sleep Technologists celebrates Sleep Tech Week to recognize the technologists who play a vital role in sleep centers across the country. Who performs … Read More »

  • The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Work Performance

    Busy professionals experience many pressures that impede their ability to obtain optimal amounts of sleep. Working according to shift patterns, working across different time zones simultaneously and international travel¹ are all common causes of sleep loss. In addition, the use of artificial lighting and hand-held technologies at night², ever increasing pressure to perform (and to … Read More »

  • New Study Sees Link Between Sleep Duration and Diabetes in Men

    In a new study released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers found that sleep duration is associated with insulin sensitivity and beta cell function (glucose tolerance) in healthy men. While the researchers state the that evidence is circumstantial and that this study did not show cause and effect, recent studies have shown similar decreases. More … Read More »

  • Driving Drowsy vs. Driving Drunk: the Fatal Mistake Most People Make

    We all know that drinking and driving is dangerous and illegal… but did you know that driving sleepy is just as dangerous as driving drunk?  Not only do car accidents pose a serious threat for people with chronic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, but anyone who gets behind a wheel with less than optimal rest … Read More »

  • The Sleep Loss Epidemic: the huge social, medical, and economic costs of sleep deprivation

    Sleep deprivation–a consistent shortage of sleep–is a serious problem in the United States. A Gallup poll taken in 20131 found that 40% of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep per night. That means that two in five Americans is not getting the recommended amount of sleep.  Sleep Loss as a Nationwide Issue At this … Read More »

  • Sleep in the Corporate Culture: restricting sleep is bad for employers and employees

    The overworked, high-powered employee is a recurring archetype in American culture. The most glorified careers in our society–doctors, lawyers, and investment bankers–are notorious for long hours and not providing enough sleep. Our television stations are full of shows that romanticize the quick-paced and exciting lives of emergency room doctors or criminal lawyers, while entirely downplaying … Read More »

  • Get your “Beauty Sleep”: Sleep Makes you More Attractive

    Step 1 in your new beauty routine: hit the sack earlier the night before! Research has proven that a good night’s sleep makes you look healthier, happier, and–yes–more attractive. “Beauty Sleep” isn’t just a silly cliché–it is backed up by solid evidence. This is especially important for people who suffer from sleep apnea, because studies have … Read More »