Sleep Education Reduces Risk of Injury and Disability in Firefighters

firefighter sleep

Long workweeks and extended shifts have contributed to a high number of firefighters suffering from acute and chronic sleep deprivation, as well as disrupted circadian rhythms, or sleep-wake cycles.  Previous studies have shown a link between long shifts and risk of burnout, sleepiness, errors, and injuries, especially when compared to shorter shifts in first responders, ER physicians, and EMTs.  Furthermore,… More →

Gestational Diabetes Linked to Insufficient Sleep

diabetes and sleep

New research out of Singapore found a link between gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and short sleep duration during pregnancy.  For the first time, this study looked at the relationship between GDM and sleep duration in an Asian population across multiple ethnic groups.  Published in the journal, SLEEP, findings suggested that risk of GDM could be reduced by addressing any sleep… More →

Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Related to Better Sleep

Sleep and brain

Many traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients also experience sleep disturbances, especially with regard to their sleep-wake cycle.  New research reports that these two conditions should be treated simultaneously for optimum recovery.  These findings are published in the online journal, Neurology, from the American Academy of Neurology. One of the lead authors of the study, Nadia Gosselin, PhD, from the University… More →

Genetic Link between Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, Schizophrenia, and Obesity

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For the first time, scientists have found a genetic connection between sleep disturbance and medical disorders like schizophrenia, restless legs syndrome, and obesity. The team of researchers include: Jacqueline Lane, PhD, first author of the study and fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital Richa Saxena, PhD, joint senior author and assistant Anesthesia professor at MGH and Harvard Medical School Martin K… More →

Adolescents Benefit from Later School Start Times

Teaching sleep

A group of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sleep Research Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine performed an analysis of scientific literature around high school students’ sleep habits and performance.  They found that the later the high school start time, the better performance in teens, including fewer car… More →

Sleep May Help with Traumatic Experiences

night terror nightmare

There is always a question of whether sleep worsens or improves how we process a traumatic event.  Does it help, or are emotions and memories intensified because of sleep disturbance?  This question is asked frequently to determine how best to treat trauma-related conditions like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Development of treatment courses for PTSD is highly influenced by how we… More →

Patients with Asthma are more likely to have Insomnia

asthma and sleep

New research out of the University of Pittsburgh shows that patients with asthma are highly likely to suffer from insomnia, which puts them at greater risk of decreased asthma control, anxiety, depression, and other health problems or quality of life issues.  The research and findings were published and discussed in the journal, CHEST. Asthma patients frequently report trouble sleeping, but… More →

Pulmonary Embolisms May Recur in Patients with Sleep Apnea

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) often comes with the risk of pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal.  Blood clots are common in people who live sedentary lifestyles, are obese, and/or are advanced in age; however, recent research indicates that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may also be contributing to blood clots that lead to PE.  VTE is a chronic disease marked by… More →

The Link Between Pain and Sleep

Sleep and dreams

New Studies Underway to Link Sleep and Chronic Pain As part of a nationwide effort to address the widespread overuse and abuse of opioid pain relievers while simultaneously expanding knowledge on non-drug interventions, Washington State University has decided to lead a study to look at the relationship between chronic pain and sleep. Marian Wilson, lead investigator and assistant professor in… More →

Crash Risk Doubles with Sleep Deprivation

Sleepy driving and drowsy behind the wheel

One to two hours can make a difference when it comes to sleep.  A new study out of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that drivers who get one to two hours less than the recommended seven to eight hours each night double their risk of accident.  About 35% of American drivers get less than the recommended amount… More →