The Economic Value of a Good Night’s Sleep

We live such busy lives that we’re stressed out and try to fit too much into each day, ignoring our sleep in hopes of getting more accomplished, but that’s effecting our health, work productivity, and sports performance. What if I told you that not getting great sleep could easily cost you — an extra $300,000 in medical bills and more Read More …

The Need & Positive Effects of Restorative Sleep

By Wayne Caswell Sleep deprivation has become a terrifying problem in our on-the-go society, where working more and sleeping less can be seen as a badge of honor. But even nodding off momentarily can have disastrous results, as we saw in graphic news reports of the December Bronx Metro-North train derailment.  “I was in a daze,” engineer William Rockerfeller told investigators Read More …

Sleep Problems in Dementia

Sleep problems are common in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. They are also a common source of tension for family caregivers, because when your spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s doesn’t sleep well, this often means that you don’t sleep well. To make matters even worse, not getting enough sleep can worsen the behavior and mindset of someone with dementia. Of course, Read More …

What is a Sleep Economist?

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk and Sleep Economist at Intelligent Sleep What is a Sleep Economist? I’m a sleep economist. At least that’s how I present myself when I talk about the economic impact and benefits of sleep, and the science of Intelligent Sleep. But what does that mean? Let me explain. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Read More …

Sleep Technology use by Seniors

Today’s guest post on Sleep Technology use by seniors is written by Barry Birkett and first appeared in Senior Care Corner. A Good Night Sleep and Our Seniors: Can Technology Help Them Meet? Sleep is important to us at all ages, but to seniors it can be a matter of health and safety. Yes, safety. Too many of our senior Read More …

Insufficient Sleep, a Public Health Epidemic

This report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says, “Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Epidemic.”   Continued public health surveillance of sleep quality, duration, behaviors, and disorders is needed to monitor sleep difficulties and their health impact.     Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, Read More …

The Emerging Sleep Wellness Market

Consumers are learning how sleep affects health, safety and productivity, thanks to a flood of articles in the scientific literature and mainstream news media. Today I responded to Collecting Data on a Good Night’s Sleep, an article in The New York Times about all of the fitness activity trackers and under-the-mattress sensors. These sensors basically tell you what you already know Read More …

Sleep-Deprived or Darkness-Deprived?

Are we sleep-deprived or just darkness-deprived? By Richard G ‘Bugs’ Stevens, University of Connecticut The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that insufficient sleep is a serious public health concern, because it can lead to many immediate dangers such as car crashes as well as long-term health problems like diabetes. The blame for sleep deprivation is often pinned Read More …

Sleep Apnea and Poverty

Sleep Apnea and Poverty: How Socioeconomics Impacts Proper Diagnosis And Treatment By Susan Redline, MD, MPH and Dr. Michelle A. Williams, ScD Individuals from disadvantaged neighborhoods and racial/ethnic minorities are at increased risk for sleep disorders due to a variety of environmental exposures, occupational and psychosocial conditions, and possibly genetic factors. Editor: They also have higher rates of obesity and other health Read More …

How To Sleep Well As You Age

Tips and Tricks for a Good Night’s Sleep EDITOR: I welcome today’s guest article by Beth Wallace since we’re coming up on Insomnia Awareness Week (April 1-7), and since earlier this week I described the Emerging Sleep Wellness Market while announcing an expanded mission of Modern Health Talk that includes sleep, along with nutrition and exercise, as the pillars of Read More …

Sleep Balance – Your Path to Better Sleep

By Bruce Meleski, PhD, Intelligent Sleep Consultant (part 1 of 2) In the modern world, sleep is the ultimate human balancing act, providing rest and recovery while living in a 24 hour stimulated environment with lights, noise, smells, toxins, and stressful events continuously.  As a result, many people suffer from sleep loss and sleep related issues. From chronic disease to Read More …

Mysterious World of Sleep

  The Mysterious World of Sleep Byline article by Tom Allon (original in Huffington Post) I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately. It’s a topic many complain about and discuss occasionally with friends and family, but it still remains a very mysterious topic to most people around the world. After air, water and food, it’s probably the most essential Read More …

Sleep Statistics from Sleepless in America

By Wayne Caswell, Intelligent Sleep and founder of Modern Health Talk This last Sunday, I watched “Sleepless in America,” a 2-hour documentary on the National Geographic channel, and I captured some of its powerful statistics and blended them with my own, forming the basis of today’s article. But first, here’s the 3-min trailer. Additional short video segments are included below, along with Read More …

Sleep Deficiency – a Public Health Epidemic

By Wayne Caswell, founder of Modern Health Talk and cofounder of Intelligent Sleep According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 70 million American workers suffer from chronic sleep problems, and researchers have associated their insufficient sleep with increased risks of inflammation, obesity, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and early death. That’s why the CDC has Read More …

Reduce Stress and Get a Better Night’s Rest

More than half of Americans are losing sleep due to stress, according to Better-Sleep-Better-Life. Not getting enough sleep comes with a number of unwanted side effects, including some that are rather serious. A lack of sleep can cause motor vehicle accidents, injuries on the job, weight gain, and numerous health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, just to name Read More …