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Quality sleep can make all the difference when it comes to productivity in the office. In fact, overall on-the-job sleepiness costs employers about $100 billion in lost productivity.
It’s time to take that productivity back. Use these tips to get better sleep yourself, and share the tips with your friends and coworkers to beat office exhaustion.
MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans battle bothersome nighttime conditions, such as sleep apnea or the need to get up frequently to urinate.
Now, new research suggests that treating the former condition with CPAP “mask” therapy might also help ease the latter.
Find A Reason For Your Insomnia
Instead of counting sheep, try tallying the many things that can cause insomnia, such as sleeping pills, nighttime noshing, stress and hormonal changes.
HOBOKEN — The engineer of a commuter train that slammed into a station going double the 10 mph speed limit, killing a woman, suffered from sleep apnea that had gone undiagnosed, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by brief pauses in breathing during sleep. The pauses cause a partial arousal from sleep and prevent a good night’s rest.
Whether you have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea or think your partner may have the condition, you probably have some questions. Learning more about the disorder and how it’s treated will help you manage the condition, decrease complications and improve your quality of sleep. Below are some common questions and answers.
Can An Expensive Bed Help You Sleep?
Remember the days when memory foam was all the rage? There was that infomercial where the wine glass didn’t topple over while someone in mom jeans jumped on the other side?
Well, we’re way past that.
Now, there’s a mattress made of diamonds. There’s a mattress that unzips so that you can literally swap out the coils should you decide you want to go firmer. There’s one with gel foam, one you plug in and connect to Wi-Fi and at least several foam mattresses that arrive at your house, compressed in a tiny box.
But for those who want a mattress like no other, there’s Hästens’ new Vividus bed (photo, above). Each custom-built bed takes 320 hours of hand-craftsmanship to make and will set you back anywhere from $140,000 to $200,000, depending on what size you choose. (Yes, American dollars! No, the bed does not fly!)
Rest assured ― this is a quality mattress. Only “selected craftsman are permitted to work on Vividus [beds], each specializing in their field,” according to Hästens. And for the record, a redwood bed frame is included.
But at the end of the day, does custom stitching really help you catch more sleep? What about breathable latex?
“Maybe yes,” Terry Cralle, a certified clinical sleep educator and author of Sleeping Your Way To The Top, told The Huffington Post. A more expensive mattress might improve your sleep, but ultimately only if it makes you more comfortable, she explained. “Price is not paramount, comfort is.”
And comfort is incredibly individualized, she said. “The mattress I love will be the mattress you hate. It’s that personal.”
Studies in ergonomics and sleep medicine arrive at the same conclusion: your mattress is an important factor that either contributes to or harms the quality of your sleep. But there’s no one answer (or mattress) for everybody. And there’s no science to say spending more actually helps you get a better night’s sleep.
So how should you figure out what bed’s right for you?
Step 1: Find your perfect firmness
One study that compared individual’s sleep quality on mattresses of varying firmness with the quality of sleep on their own mattresses showed sleep preference really did depend on the individual.
The study included only nine men, but reported each man’s sleep quality on their own mattress, as well as on firm and soft mattresses. Four men slept better on the softer mattresses, two slept better on the hard mattress and the other three men showed no significant difference in their quality of sleep on either mattress.
The differences in sleep quality on the various nights when the men slept on the different beds were significant, but depended on individual preference, one of the study’s authors Gaby Badre, associate professor and sleep researcher at University of Gothenburg in Sweden, told HuffPost.
This column is about sleep apnea. To be precise, my obstructive sleep apnea. I’m not going to apologize for writing about something that’s quite personal. I’m on a bit of a mission actually.
(Reuters Health) – In adults of all ages, chronic sleep problems were linked with a greater risk of trouble with activities of daily living later in life, in a recent study.
That women suffer from insomnia more than men is a pretty well-known fact, and as women age, it seems to become even more pronounced. But the cause of the gender divide, like many other aspects of health and mental health, hasn’t been totally clear. A new study, however, looks into how the sleep-wake cycle works in women and men under normal conditions–and understanding the difference in healthy individuals actually reveals a lot about why women have more trouble sleeping and why they wake up earlier than men.
Medicare Regulations causing a rift between Sleep Apnea patients & providers
With over 52 million enrolled beneficiaries, Medicare’s policies and practices influence a large percentage of America’s healthcare population (1). With some studies estimating that as many as 20 percent of the American adult population (with higher numbers in the older population) suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), this means that Medicare’s policies affect many with this condition (2). Continue reading