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When Sleepiness Interferes With Your Life, It's Time to Get Answers

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) launched a new website today to help millions who suffer from excessive sleepiness. This online resource center explains how excessive sleepiness affects health, safety, and everyday performance, and provides free patient resources.

CDC Study Finds 30% of American Workers Sleep Less Than Six Hours a Night

A new CDC study shows that overall, 30.0% of workers responding to the 2010 National Health Interview Survey reported short sleep duration (?6 hours per day). The prevalence of short sleep duration varied by industry of employment with a significantly higher rate among workers in manufacturing compared with all workers combined. Among all workers, those who usually worked the night shift had a much higher prevalence than those who worked the day shift.

Less Sleep, Disrupted Internal 24-Hour Clock Means Higher Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital reinforces the finding that too little sleep or sleep patterns that are inconsistent with our body's 'internal biological clock' may lead to increased risk of diabetes and obesity

Lack of Sleep May Increase Calorie Consumption

If you don’t get enough sleep, you may also eat too much — and thus be more likely to become obese.

That is the findings of researchers who presented their study at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.

Lack of Sleep Makes Your Brain Hungry

New research from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that a specific brain region that contributes to a person’s appetite sensation is more activated in response to food images after one night of sleep loss than after one night of normal sleep. Poor sleep habits may therefore affect people’s risk of becoming overweight in the long run. The findings are published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

FAA Issues Final Rule on Pilot Fatigue

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Michael Huerta announced a sweeping final rule that overhauls commercial passenger airline pilot scheduling to ensure pilots have a longer opportunity for rest before they enter the cockpit.

Reduced Sleep Duration and Resistant Hypertension

A recent study found that poor quality and reduced sleep duration are two likely conditions people with resistant hypertension (RH) are enduring. Hypertension is called resistant if a person's blood pressure remains above goal despite their taking three medications to lower it.

Lack of Sleep and Health Problems

Former President Bill Clinton recently admitted that lack of sleep added to some of his health problems. "I didn't sleep much for a month, that probably accelerated what was already going on," Clinton said as he counseled young people to make smart health choices while they are young to improve their lives for later years.

Sleep Deprivation Can Slow Reaction Time

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.

Less Sleep Could Mean More Errors in Intensive Care

Nurses who work in intensive care units were found to have a low sleep quality, which might lead to more errors and affect patient safety, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston compared the sleep quality and vigilance of nurses in intensive care with floor nurses. They found the average number of errors at the beginning and end of each shift was significantly different for intensive care nurses, but not floor nurses.

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