A recent study suggests that sleep deficiency may be an underlying contributor to poor mental health in physicians. The consequences of shift work, night call and competing demands make sleep deficiency common among healthcare professionals. This can heavily impact their overall quality of life if left unchecked. More than half of US physicians report burnout,…

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A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found that flu patients are 5-times less likely to require hospitalization if they adhere to CPAP therapy. According to the study, “In comparing odds of hospitalization from influenza infections, patients conservatively treated without CPAP or nonadherent to CPAP therapy were at a nearly…

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“Gaining” an hour of sleep in the fall may feel better than “losing” an hour of sleep in the spring, but your body will still need time to adjust to a different schedule. After the clocks “fall back”, you may find yourself waking up earlier due to the extra daylight in the morning. This is…

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Seniors adjusting to a nursing home may find their usual sleep habits disrupted. But what seems like a minor inconvenience, can actually lead to bigger health issues. Especially if left unchecked. The NIH describes, “Some of the consequences of poor sleep, such as irritability, poor concentration and memory, slower reaction time, decreased performance may all…

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September 14 – 20, 2020 is Student Sleep Health Week. This event was Organized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to raise awareness of the importance of sleep health for students of all ages. According to AASM, 4 out of 10 parents acknowledged that remote learning affected their children’s bedtime and/or waketime consistency.…

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Sometimes the “rise” part of “rise and shine” feels like just too much effort. Your alarm goes off and you’re not ready to start the day, so you hit snooze. The temptation of a few more minutes of dosing off under a comfy blanket is just too much to pass up. But what you don’t…

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It’s tempting to rely on a cup of coffee to wake you up each morning. 90% of American adults consume a caffeinated beverage almost daily (National Institutes of Health). And the Sleep Foundation even refers to caffeine as the most popular drug in the world. But this reliance isn’t necessarily healthy. In fact, you’re masking…

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Sleep apnea causes a lack of oxygen that will prevent you from entering proper REM cycles. Without the REM cycles necessary to feel rested, drivers with sleep apnea are at risk of drowsy driving. Losing even 2 hours of sleep is similar to the effect of having 3 beers. And you are 3 times more…

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Each person has a different sleep position that works best for them. Listen to the signs your body may be giving you to tell you that you’re sleeping wrong. Are you achey in the morning? Waking your partner up from your snoring? These are signs that you have a sleep position that should be corrected.…

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Sleep impacts every aspect of daily life, from your relationships with others to your nutrition, from your physical health to your career development. Yet in this day and age, society has glorified a lack of sleep as a “hard work ethic” and public health is facing the negative effects. In 1942, less than 8% of…

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