Tag Archives: Sleep Deprivation

New Gallup Poll on Sleep

A recent Gallup poll reveals that 40 percent of Americans aren’t getting the recommended number of hours of nighttime sleep. The general recommendation for optimal sleep is seven to nine hours per night. The average amount of sleep among Americans across the board is 6.8 hours.

Does Sleeping in on the Weekend Make Up for Sleep Deprivation During the Work Week?

sleeping in

According to Harvard Medical School, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily on average in order to experience optimal health and performance. Unfortunately, most people squeak through the workweek falling far short of the nightly sleep goals with plans to make that sleep up on the weekend. New evidence suggests that might not be as simple of a proposition as it was once believed to be.

Sleep Study Part 9: Sleep-Deprived Teens at Increased Risk for Car Accidents

young teenage driver

When teens are sleep deprived, they have an increased risk of car accidents, according to a recent study. This was the finding of a spring 2013 study out of Sydney, Australia that was published online in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

LED Lights and Sleep

It doesn’t take much to throw your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal sleep clock) completely off balance. Unfortunately, once you’ve done that, it can take quite a while to get your rhythm back so you can get a good night’s sleep once again. The really strange news, however, is that your alarm clock may even be one of the culprits keeping you up nights.

Sleep Gadgets

sound therapy for sleep

Very few people will even attempt to argue that getting too little sleep is good for humans. But that doesn’t make it any easier for the millions of people, globally, who suffer from frequent or chronic sleep deprivation to find those elusive winks at night. Now, however, help has arrived in the form of several gadgets designed to make grabbing those forty winks a dream. Here are just a sampling of them.

Sleep Schedule

waking up refreshed

It doesn’t take long going without sleep to understand just how much the human body needs it. Getting the right amount of sleep for your stage in life, however, can be problematic. That’s why sleep schedules are so important. They help train the body to expect sleep at certain times of the day and to be awake at other times during the day.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

daytime sleepiness

Originated by Dr. Murray Johns out of Epworth Hospital in Australia, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale is designed to measure a person’s daytime sleepiness.

Is ADHD a Sleeping Disorder in Disguise?

 

boy with adhd

A recent editorial published in the New York Times from Vatsal G. Thakkar, professor of psychiatry at N.Y.U. School of Medicine, discusses his beliefs that many cases of diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, are in reality sleep disorders in camouflage.

World Record for No Sleep

trophy

It doesn’t take much more than missing out on one night of sleep to begin to wonder just how long someone can function without sleep. There’s no doubt that a few hours of missed sleep diminishes your ability to function at optimal levels. A full night without sleep can leave you disoriented, light-headed, and extremely irritable.

Hypersomnia

exhausted man

Excessive sleepiness, particularly excessive daytime sleepiness, is the hallmark sign of hypersomnia. Hypersomnia can also be characterized by prolonged sleep at night. Up to 40 percent of people experience symptoms of hypersomnia at one time or the other, reports WebMd. Some people inflicted with this sleep disorder have trouble functioning at work and school and interacting with family, friends, and in other social situations.