When was the last time your family doctor or health care provider asked about your sleep during an office visit? An online health care professional poll revealed that approximately eight out of ten doctors believe that it is the responsibility of both the patient and the health care professional to discuss sleep during an appointment, but more than half did not feel they had enough time to do so.
Veterans are four times more likely than other Americans to suffer from sleep apnea, according to Max Hirshkowitz, director of the Sleep Disorder Center at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Claims for sleep apnea as a disability among veterans revealed that they are disproportionately affected by the disorder. Roughly 5% of Americans have sleep apnea, but up to 20% of veterans suffer from the disorder.
New findings, published in a recent edition of the online journal BMC Medicine, indicate that Americans strongly favor tighter regulation of the number of consecutive hours that resident physicians are allowed to work and overwhelmingly disapprove of shifts lasting longer than 24 hours, which are currently required by teaching hospitals. Only 1 percent of general public supports widespread practice of resident physicians working shifts longer than 24 hours, according to a recent research. This is the first systematic study of public perceptions of resident work hours.
As the U.S. population grays, more people will face new responsibilities caring for aging parents and their changing sleep needs. As people age they tend to have a harder time falling asleep and more trouble staying asleep than when they were younger. Older people may also become sleepier in the early evening and wake earlier in the morning compared to younger adults.
Why do many women feel so tired throughout pregnancy? Pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement for most women, but it also means coping with daytime sleepiness and a wide range of new sleep issues. Changing hormone levels are responsible for fatigue and sleep problems during pregnancy.
Researchers at the University of Bari, Italy screened over 800 boys and girls (average age 7.3 years) and categorized them into non-snorers, occasional snorers or habitual snorers. Almost 25% of subjects were either overweight or obese. The children categorized as habitual snorers and who failed an oximetry study, underwent polysomnographic monitoring (also known as a sleep study) for sleep disordered breathing.
Less than half of Americans say they get a good night's sleep every night. Combine excessive sleepiness with an automobile, a long drive, and the one of the heaviest travel weekends of the year, and our risk for a fall-asleep crash increases significantly. In fact, 28% of American drivers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel, according to a recent National Sleep Foundation poll, and more than half (54%) said they have driven while drowsy.
Most children snore on occasion, and about 10 percent or more snore when they sleep at night. Snoring is a noise that occurs during sleep when the child is breathing in and there is some blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth.
Summer and swimsuit season are right around the corner. Did you know that a good night's sleep can help you slim down and maintain an ideal body weight? Sleep deprivation may inhibit one's ability to lose weight - even while exercising and eating well! Sleep, diet, and exercise should be all be a part of your fitness plan.
Whether you're planning an extravagant summer vacation or keeping things simple with a local staycation, don't let poor sleep spoil the fun. Every day, millions of travelers struggle against one of the most common sleep disorders - jet lag. Studies have shown that the condition actually results from an imbalance in our body's natural "biological clock" or Circadian rhythm caused by traveling to different time zones.