Fatigue Impacts Healthcare Provider Quality of Work

Do you perform at your best when you are sleep deprived? None of us do, including our healthcare providers, according to a sentinel event alert from the Joint Commission. When residents work recurring 24 hours shifts, there were 36% more adverse events than when they worked only 16 hours at a time. They also made…

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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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The Media and Sleep

A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation tells us:There is good reason to believe that different media formats (e.g. television viewing, Internet use, cell phone use, electronic game-playing) have different kinds of effects on sleep.Different types of content within these media formats presumably also have different effects—indeed it is possible that certain media content in…

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What Can Be Done About Kids’ Lack of Sleep?

Several recent posts have discussed the need for sleep and rest among kids.Dr. Mary Carskadon is one of the foremost scholars and researchers specializing in sleep research, and is a Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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Benefits of Starting School Later in the Morning

In the 1997-98 school year, the Minneapolis School District changed the starting time of its seven high schools to 8:40 AM. and the dismissal time to 3:20 PM. Prior to the change, classes began at 7:15 AM and dismissed at 1:45 PM. Researchers evaluated the student benefits, after this change in hours had been in…

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Regarding Kids and Sleep…

Two previous blogs in this series talked about “Things to Know About Your Kids Sleep Habits” and “How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?” So, let’s take a look at what can be done.A report from Stanford University gave these recommendations:

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No Heart for Overtime Work

Working overtime is bad for your heart.  The European Heart Journal recently reported an 11-year study following 6000 men and women who worked in the British Civil service. During the study there were 369 heart attacks in the group.

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Increase Your Performance by Getting Adequate Sleep

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal performance and health. Without adequate rest on a regular basis the risk increases for: Cardiovascular disease Obesity Diabetes Depression Inferior work performance Risk of injury Irritability Those who responded to the 2009 National Sleep Foundation poll indicated if they sleep less than 6 hours compared…

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