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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 a related infographic, and if the full length video gets posted, I’ll include it too.
How much sleep do we Need?
On November 9th, TODAY launches a weeklong “Snooze or Lose” series with a commissioned survey exploring why Americans can’t sleep. Highlights with the best statistics and videos are shown below, but more can be found at the link to today.com.
Americans feel so sleep deprived that almost half of adults — 65% of women — prefer a good night’s sleep over sex.
- 72% of adults see sleep as one of the great pleasures of life, but 46% say they don’t get enough. It’s even worse for women; 58% fall short of their ideal goal of just over eight hours a night.
- 33% of young adults 18-34 believe to get ahead in their careers, they must survive on less sleep; while 19% of 35-54 year-olds and just 6% for seniors think this.
- 40% of young adults, 33% of older adults, and over 11% of seniors believe they must sacrifice sleep to care for their families.
- 64% of young adults, 49% of older adults, and 35% of seniors agree that being able to survive on less sleep would be an advantage.
- 32% of young adults say work makes them fret throughout the night.
- 31% say their children cause sleepless nights.
- When it comes to children, interrupted sleep seems unavoidable and 42% of people with a child under 18 report inadequate sleep.
Scientists discover new “sleep node” in the brain
Findings may lead to new therapies for sleep disorders, including insomnia
BUFFALO, N.Y. (9/16/2014) – A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second “sleep node” identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.
Published online in August in Nature Neuroscience, the study demonstrates that fully half of all of the brain’s sleeppromoting activity originates from the parafacial zone (PZ) in the brainstem. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone occasionally has to deal with stress, especially when starting up a business like Dr. Bruce Meleski and I are doing with Intelligent Sleep. So this week, with his permission, I’m sharing this great story from Jeffrey Fry and his 15 Stress Management Tips.
When explaining stress management to an audience, a lecturer raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 6 ounces to 24 ounces, but the lecturer replied that, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it…
- If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem.
- If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
- If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
- In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, the burden will become increasingly heavy … and we won’t be able to carry on.
Byline article by Michael Lamb (original at SweatShorts.co)
We all sleep and we all dream. Some nights it is easier to fall asleep. Other nights it’s a battle.
After having some trouble with sleeping these past couple of weeks. I decided to do some research. Since a lot of people wear sweat shorts to bed I thought, why not share this information with you? Hoping that you will find it as useful as I have. After doing all of my research I came up with 70 tips to improve sleep, help you fall asleep quicker, and stay asleep longer. Hopefully this info will have you sleeping like a champ.
If you don’t have any trouble sleeping, then by all means don’t change a thing. Just share these sleep improvement tips with others. Read the rest of this entry »
Tossing and Turning: Sleeplessness in America
This text, courtesy of Top Nursing Programs, is provided as a convenience for automated screen readers. Sighted readers will prefer the Infographic below.
There aren’t many people who are happy with their sleep: They get too little, they feel restless, they don’t wake up refreshed, they can’t stay asleep. In fact, most Americans admit to having erratic sleep patterns, especially through the work week. So what does lack of sleep actually do to the body? And if we can’t add more hours to our sleep, how can we make the sleep we do get better?
- 8 to 8.5 — Hours of sleep per night adults generally require (1)
- 1 in 3 — Adults who have insomnia at some point in their lives (1)
- 43% of Americans 13-64 say they rarely or never get good sleep on weeknights.
- 60% admit to suffering some sleep problem every night (snoring, waking constantly, feeling groggy in the morning). (2)
- 15% of adults 19-64 say they sleep less than six hours on weeknights. (2)
I first encountered the term Functional Medicine a few years ago during a lecture by Dr. Lane Sebring at a World Future Society dinner. In keeping with the focus of this organization, he titled his talk The Future of Medicine is … Not Medicine, which links to my notes and a video of the 71-min lecture. Dr. Sebring looked to anthropology to understand why, even with modern medicine, many of our diseases today didn’t even exist about a century ago when Heart Disease was almost unknown and Cancer was rare, not even making the top 10 as a cause of death.
The more he looked into the cause of illness, the more he became disillusioned and frustrated with modern healthcare and the traditional practice of providing “sick care” and just another pill in a “disease management” system that profits from illness. To focus his practice on health & wellness, he became an expert in Functional Medicine, which he describes as a form of evolutionary, integrative, holistic, or alternative medicine. Read the rest of this entry »
“What the Hell is happening to health care?”
“And is it an Opportunity or a Threat?”
Insights by Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk.
An awful lot has changed in just the last few years and even more will change in the near future, with the aim of reducing (or at least containing) our health care costs. What’s behind these MiniTrends, and what is their implication for providers, payers and consumers? That’s the $1.5 trillion question. Here I talk about many, many MiniTrends–surely you can find 101 of them if you look!
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin
That quote is important, because 429 of the original Fortune 500 companies  are no longer in business today. That’s a scary thought for those sitting at the top of the healthcare mountain, because they know they must adapt to the megatrend of health reform and Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) or die. And they are looking down with fear at the hungry competitors who are already exploiting the many related minitrends, because for them these are times of great opportunity.
Here’s a story from AARP about TV personality Mark McEwen’s experience suffering from a Stroke. It prompted me to share some advice on how to avoid a stroke or reduce its effects.
For over 15 years, Mark McEwen was the face and voice of CBS’ morning show, until a misdiagnosed stroke almost killed him. Watch the inspiring story of how stroke changed Mark’s life forever, and how he fought to take back his life again. For more information on how to prevent stroke and know the symptoms visit stroke.org.
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 a few. It can even contribute to greater stress, creating a vicious cycle. Fortunately there are a number of simple ways to help relieve stress so that you can sleep better at night.
Taking part in physical activity on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to relieve stress and get better sleep. Optimally, you should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises like brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous activities such as jogging or swimming laps each week. Take part in these activities at least two hours before going to bed, or it could have the opposite effect—keeping you awake. Read the rest of this entry »