News Roundup: Sleep Deprivation

Recently, doctors (and other professionals) from all over the world have opened up the conversation about sleep deprivation and the demanding requirements of working long (often 24+ hour) shifts, which often do not include sleep.

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts related to the consequences of sleep deprivation and how to avoid it.

Sleep Deprivation not Uncommon for Soldiers. U.S. Army"The Army's Office of the Surgeon General advises getting seven or eight hours of sleep, staying active throughout the day, and eating nutritious food. The Army's surgeon general also put out a statement saying sleep disorders and sleep deprivation affect about 70 million Americans each year and may increase the risk for stroke, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.”

Doctors Are Posting Pictures of Themselves Asleep at Work to Highlight Grueling SchedulesYahoo! Health.  “It’s no secret that sleep deprivation is an issue in the US. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared chronic lack of sleep as a “public health epidemic,” where sleep insufficiency has been linked to numerous accidents, including “medical and other occupational errors.””

Sleep study experts say more than half of population is sleep deprivedWKRN-TV News 2. “Annette Henneman runs the sleep disorder facility. She said 57 percent of the population isn’t getting good sleep, which is a major problem for many reasons. “Sleep impacts our ability to function, our ability to have cognitive recall, our temperament, our energy level, diet [and] our weight. Everything is influenced by how well we sleep,” Henneman explained.”

Sleep Deprivation has Serious ConsequencesPsych Central.  “Researchers found that sleep loss can lead to decisions that are out of conscious control. For example, the data showed that no matter how hard a person wants to make the right choice — sleep loss does something to the brain that simply prevents it from effectively using feedback.”

Healthy Sleep TipsNational Sleep Foundation.  “Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.”

How to Stay Sharp When You're Sleep DeprivedHuffington Post. “If you want to raise and sustain performance, pay attention to the amount of sleep you're getting. Make it a priority. However, on those rare occasions when sleep deprivation gets the best of you, consider these fatigue management tips…”

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