Sleep Deprivation Common on the Street

This time of the year many of us savior the blessings of home and family. A survey from France compared age, sex, and location-matched individuals in the general population with homeless people and found they got significantly less sleep. The homeless, especially women, were most likely to report sleeping less than 4 hours per night.…

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A Web-based Strategy for Insomnia

Close to 20% of the population struggle with insomnia. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered the best first-line treatment, yet there are very few therapists with appropriate training. A randomized year-long clinical trial of a web-based CBT insomnia intervention shows promise of filling this gap. More than half (56.6% of those participating in the Sleep Healthy Using the…

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Insomnia Costly for Employers

A national (U.S.) cross-sectional telephone survey of almost 5000 people with health insurance revealed insomnia of a year or longer significantly increased the chances of costly workplace accidents or mistakes. The average reported cost for these accidents was $8102, and $26,188 for errors. The authors estimated that 7.2% of workplace errors and/or accidents are due…

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Insomnia And Short Sleep Increases Risk Of Death In Men

The Penn State Cohort Study of over 741 men followed for 14 years finds that men suffering from insomnia and sleeping less than 6 hours nightly had 4 times the risk of dying than men that had normal sleep. A trend of insomnia and short sleep coexisting with diabetes and/or hypertension brings with it increased…

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Help, I Can’t Sleep!

The National Sleep Foundation just released the results of its 2011 survey of Sleep in America®. Sixty percent of those polled reported that they have a problem sleeping every night or almost every night. And they don’t feel rested when its time to get up.Part of the problem may be our reluctance to shut off…

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Sleeping Pills and Nerve Pills Increase the Risk of Dying

There are many mental, physical, and spiritual reasons why people get prescriptions for pills to help them sleep or to cope with anxiety. It isn't surprising that those who feel they need sleeping pills have higher death rates than healthy people.But the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry published a recent study finding that pills for sleep and anxiety…

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