A recent article in USA Today looks at Minute Suites, a new service that lets travelers rent out small bedrooms at the airport for $30 an hour. The rooms, which opened this month at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, are seven feet by eight feet and include such amenities as a daybed, pillows, fresh linens, a desk and a computer with Internet access. According to the article, airport nap rooms are common in Asia and parts of Europe, but they haven't caught on in the U.S.
When doctors look for indicators of obstructive sleep apnea, chronic snoring usually attracts a lot of attention. But some estimate that only about 20 to 30 percent of children who snore actually have sleep apnea. Researchers at the University of Chicago have discovered that a urine sample might be able to tell the difference between a snorer and a child with a serious disorder.
Prior use of the drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine, known as ecstasy, could increase the risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine studied 71 recreational ecstasy users who were otherwise medically healthy and 62 non-users. Study participants were observed during an all-night sleep study in a controlled setting, and researchers found recreational users who had been drug free for at least two weeks had a significantly higher risk of sleep apnea compared with non-users.
An article in a recent issue of the New Yorker looks at nightmares and the idea of treating them like you would treat a sleep disorder. Nightmares are dreams with vivid and disturbing content. They are common in children during REM sleep, and they usually involve an immediate awakening and good recall of the dream content.
What are dreams and why do we have them? The mystery of why we dream is a topic that has puzzled humans since the beginning of recorded history. A recent NOVA special on PBS interviewed researchers who are conducting various neurological and psychological experiments to investigate the reason behind dreaming. While these experiments can reveal crucial information about what occurs during sleep, there is still a lot we don't know.
Road trips can turn tragic for travelers if they get behind the wheel without having had a good night's sleep. Sleepiness causes slower reaction times, vision impairment, lapses in judgment and delays in processing information, which are all critical elements for safe driving practices. This holiday weekend, follow these tips for drowsy-free driving:
Sleep deprivation can have an enormous impact on your health and happiness. Apparently, it can also affect your ability to make split-second decisions, according to a recent study in the journal SLEEP. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin split 49 West Point cadets into two groups, 21 of whom were deprived of sleep and 28 of whom were well-rested, and tested them on tasks that require quick decisions. According to the study, participants in each group performed the tasks twice, separated by a 24-hour period.
If you have a friend or someone in your family who can be described as a fan of sleeping, the following are some great gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins has named Dr. Susan Shurin the acting director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, according to an e-mail from former director Elizabeth G. Nabel. Shurin, who previously served as deputy director at the Institute, joined NHLBI in 2006 after working as a professor of pediatrics and oncology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Research suggests that people with insomnia have a ten-fold risk of developing depression compared with those who sleep well. Now a new study by researchers at King's College London has found that depression can be as dangerous to your health as smoking. After analyzing the results of a survey of over 60,000 people and a comprehensive mortality database, the researchers discovered that four years after the survey, people who were depressed had a similar mortality risk to people who smoked.