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 →

Pregnancy and Sleep

pregnancy and sleep

Getting enough sleep is important during pregnancy for expecting mom and baby, but many times it’s not easy to do. Pregnancy puts high demands on the body physically and emotionally that can keep the mom-to-be from sleeping, and can also worsen any sleep disorders that already exist. It’s common for pregnant women to feel absolutely exhausted throughout the day. Physical… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Why is Sleep Important?

Falling asleep and in a deep sleep

Sleep is essential for survival, and many of us could use a little more. While the precise function of sleep is not entirely understood, researchers have several theories why it’s so critical for our well-being. What Happens During Sleep? Every night you leave wakeful consciousness and descend into a state of sleep. But most people have no idea what happens… More →

Women with Breast Cancer and Sleep Disturbance

One of the lesser-known adverse side effects of breast cancer is persistent hot flashes, which some studies suggest occur in approximately 30% to 40% of women.  More specifically, nighttime hot flashes are problematic for them because they disrupt sleep. New research has found that electro-acupuncture may be helpful in providing some relief to these hot flashes.  The research is going… More →