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Parasomnia is a broad term used to describe various uncommon disruptive sleep-related disorders.

Parasomnias are disruptive sleep-related disorders that can occur during arousals from REM sleep or partial arousals from Non-REM sleep.

Parasomnias are intense, infrequent physical acts that occur during sleep. Read More »


A week doesn’t go by for Ed Stepanski, PhD, without a call from a physician who’s looking for a qualified sleep psychologist. As the director of the Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Stepanski is one of about 1,700 board-certified sleep medicine specialists trained to treat insomnia, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders and other sleep problems. Read More »

A meal of starchy rice four hours before bedtime may solve your insomnia problems, new research from the University of Sydney has found.

The University of Sydney’s Dr Chin Moi Chow and colleagues found that carbohydrates that quickly raise blood sugar (those with a high glycemic index) may hasten sleep. Read More »

Insomniacs know all too well what it’s like to lie awake in a tangle of sheets, the day’s worries parading through the brain as the minutes tick past with agonizing slowness. With studies linking troubled sleep to a variety of health problems including heart attacks and obesity, it’s enough to keep anyone awake at night. Read More »

Road Hazards
Prevalence of sleep apnea among licensed commercial drivers:
■ 17% mild sleep apnea
■ 5% moderate
■ 4% severe
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Transportation risk managers and commercial drivers are grappling with the problem of sleep apnea, a condition that contributes to daytime drowsiness, as they try to find ways to improve safety on the road. Read More »

A lack of sleep can affect many aspects of a child’s life. Sleep deprivation can affect a child’s mood, behaviour and academic performance, writes Paula Goodyer. What’s the difference between a child who’s overtired and one with a behaviour disorder? Not a lot, says sleep specialist Dr Chris Seton, recalling a US experiment in which 50 children with ADHD were put together in a hall with 50 sleep deprived children – and sleep physicians and ADHD experts were asked to tell them apart.

How much sleep does your child get? How does a lack of sleep affect them? Read More »

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The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) is co-sponsoring what’s billed as the first-ever national conference on sleep apnea and commercial motor vehicle drivers. To be held on May 12th, it will feature presentations and panel discussions geared to providing a common understanding of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, along with clarifying current and proposed regulations.

“The trucking industry continues to grapple with the tough questions and issues surrounding screening and treatment for sleep apnea,” said Dave Osiecki, ATA vp of safety, security & operations. “This event is a significant step forward and we encourage industry stakeholders to participate.”

Sleep apnea is a major problem in the truck driver community, Dana Voien, president of medical health service provider SleepSafe Drivers, told Fleet Owner. He said sleep apnea affects about 6% to 12% of the adult male population, but 28% to 30% of truck drivers – a factor he ties to the unusually high obesity
rate among drivers.

In addition to being a potential safety risk on the highway, drivers with sleep apnea face a long list of increased health risks, he noted, including hypertension, diabetes, memory loss, chronic fatigue, obesity, and a doubling of the chance of heart attack and stroke.

“You know how you feel when you haven’t been able to sleep well for a night or two,” he explained. “People with sleep apnea never get a good night’s sleep. They see a significant improvement [in how they feel] after only one or two nights of treatment.”

When asked why sleep apnea is only now getting so much attention in trucking, Voien pointed to relatively recent improvements in diagnosis and treatment. “Now routine monitoring is really possible,” he said. “That is so important; it changes how treatment can function at the fleet level.”

Officially called “obstructed sleep apnea” (OSA), the condition results in an individual’s airway being blocked while sleeping, typically resulting in frequent breathing interruptions lasting from 10 seconds to more than a minute at a time, resulting in loud snoring and non-restorative sleep. The illness afflicts at least 20 million Americans – equal to or more than asthma or diabetes – yet more than 85% remain undiagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), which is co-hosting the ATA’s sleep apnea conference.

The one-day conference will be held at the Westin Baltimore Washington – BWI in Baltimore, and will be preceded by a reception and keynote address from National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman on May 11, 2010.


When school officials in Lexington, Ky., decided to push back the start of middle school and high school by an hour, two things happened: the students reported getting more sleep, and traffic accidents involving teenagers went down.

The findings, reported in the December issue of The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, suggest that allowing students to get more sleep may have broader health effects. The study was conducted by Fred Danner and Dr. Barbara Phillips of the University of Kentucky.

The research does not establish conclusively that the change in school starting times led to the improvement in accident rates. But the study found a significant drop in accidents in Fayette County, where Lexington is located.

In April 1998, researchers surveyed almost 10,000 Lexington middle and high school students about their sleep habits. The survey was repeated a year later, when the starting times were moved to 8:30 for high school and 9 for middle school.

From one year to the next, the percentage of students who reported getting at least eight hours of sleep increased to 50 percent from 38 percent.

And in the two years after the school hours change, the average crash rates for 17- and 19-year-old drivers in the county went down 16 percent. In the rest of the state, they increased almost 8 percent.


A Government Survey Shows Who Gets the Most Sleep and Who Gets the Least

If you don’t get enough sleep, you have plenty of company. More than 11 percent of adults said there was not a single day in the previous month when they got enough shuteye, government researchers reported.

Another 17 percent reported insufficient sleep during half or more of the previous month, according to L.R. McKnight-Eily, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He and colleagues reported their findings in the Oct. 30 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

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Snoring can disturb others and harm the snorer.

The apnea patients of Dr. Marc L. Benton, a New Jersey pulmonologist (airways doctor,) were fitted with nasal positive airway pressure masks and told to wear them every night. Find attached some great interviews with his patients.

Source: The New York Times -Health Guide