Thursday, May 21, 2015
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 Schedules. Yahoo! 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 deprived. WKRN-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 Consequences. Psych 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 Tips. National 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 Deprived. Huffington 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…”
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
May is deemed “Mindful May” in order to bring awareness to mindfulness and the many mental and physical benefits that can be experienced by those who practice it. Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness. It is cultivated by purposefully paying attention to things we ordinarily do on "auto pilot". Mindfulness is a systematic approach to our own inner capacities for relaxation, paying attention, awareness, and insight. These capacities not only help us change our behavior and habits, but can significantly enhance our quality of life. Let’s take a look at what science tells us.
If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness, check out the May edition of Army H.E.A.L.T.H. Arsenal, which is focused on mindfulness and offers more mindfulness resources.
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