The facts outlined below are from National Geographic’s Documentary “Sleepless in America”
Sleep is not elective nor is an option, Sleep is required. If you want to survive Sleep is right up there with Food, Air and Water
If you sleep less than 6 hours a night you are sleep deprived
40% of Adult Americans and 70% of adolescences are sleep deprived
15 Million Americans work the night shift-40% of them get less than 6 hours of sleep per day
30% of all working people in the U.S. sleep less than 6 hours a night
Every species known to man sleeps
On average Americans sleep two hours less a night than the average American did 50 years ago
The average American sleeps less than 7 hours a night Monday through Friday
The consequences of sleep deprivation are: degraded learning and memory, mood disorder, impaired cognitive functioning and reaction times
Individuals are terrible at recognizing their own impairment from sleep deprivation
Short Sleepers eat 500 calories or more per day than normal sleepers-Short Sleepers are more likely to eat more fatty foods and carbs
Sleep boosts the immune system
Amyliod Beta is a protein produced all the time in the brain which is flushed out of the brain when you sleep. There is a correlation between the level of Amyliod Beta in the brain and Alzheimer’s disease.
Recent research shows that an individual receiving cognitive behavioral treatment for sleep while taking an anti-depressant doubles their chance of overcoming depression
70 Million Americans suffer from Insomnia
The chances of having insomnia increase with age
Taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep is clinically significant
20% of the U.S. population take sleep aids to help them sleep
In 2011, U.S. physicians wrote 60 million prescriptions for sleep medications
The most common prescription sleep medications are sedative hypnotics such as Ambien and Lunesta and their generic counterparts Zolpidem and Escopiclone
Sedation inhibits parts of the brain. These drugs are associated with sedation the next day. Such medications are for short term use not use over the long term.
The Center for Sleep Medicine can assist you in creating a comprehensive fatigue management program. The goal of such a program is to create policies and procedures to mitigate human fatigue caused by sleep disorders.
At the Center for Sleep Medicine we offer comprehensive-care for adult and pediatric sleep disorders. Our multi-specialty, multidisciplinary team is caring, knowledgeable and dedicated to finding sleep solutions.