Can’t Sleep? Get the rest you need…


Can’t Sleep Get the rest you need

Sleep Disorder Symptoms:

Do you . . .

– feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
– have difficulty staying awake when sitting still,
watching television or reading?
– fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
– have difficulty concentrating?
– often get told by others that you look tired?
– react slowly?
have emotional outbursts?
– feel like taking a nap almost every day?
– require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going?

When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Some people can’t recall.

Sleep is something we all need but few of us actually get. With life moving so fast, stress over finances, family or work can keep you up all night.

Experts say one in three people have some type of sleep disorder, especially during this tough economy. The number of sleeping disorder victims has risen 30 percent since 2005.

“When you don’t get enough sleep, everything goes wrong in your life,” said Sutter Health sleep specialist Dr. Linda Wytrzs.

Common insomnia can be treated with prescription medication but there can be more serious reasons for restlessness.

Linda Minder was unhappy and tired for most of her young life but didn’t know why.

“Since I was a teen, I was lazy, lethargic and had little energy to do things, “said 54-year-old Minder.

In fact, Linda didn’t actually sleep for about 13 years and finally decided to record herself sleeping.

“Oh, it was horrible, I sounded like a grizzly bear, I was choking for air all night,” Minder said.

Minder went to the Sutter Sleep Center for medical observation and found out she has sleep apnea which prevents a person from getting enough air while asleep.

“It didn’t take long to diagnose my problem,” said Minder.

Sutter outfitted Minder with a small machine called a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device, which fits over her mouth like a small mask.

Dr. Wytrzs said she has seen cases of sleep apnea spike in the Sacramento region over the past several years.

“As we become older and less healthy, sleep apnea goes way up,” said Wytrzs.

Minder uses the CPAP machine every night and said it has changed her life.

“I’ve lost 40 pounds, I workout daily and am interested in dating again, it’s great!,” said Minder.

If you suspect you may be suffering from a sleeping disorder, consult your doctor.

Sleeping Better at Night by Walking at the Office


Insomnia, restlessness, and poor sleep habits wreak havoc on the health of U.S. employees and cost employers an additional $3,200 annually per employee, $20 billion in total according to researchers.

Numerous studies have pointed to the effectiveness of daily exercise in mitigating these effects however less than 5% of U.S. adults participate in a daily exercise regimen. TrekDesk treadmill desks allow employees the opportunity to walk all day without ever leaving their desk.

The study reported this year to the Associated Professional Sleep Societies that the 4.19% of employees suffering from insomnia reflect only the reported cases currently seeking treatment, so the cost to employers is actually much higher.

“We have more than 58 obesity related diseases caused in large part to inactivity and cramming employees into cubicles 8-10 hours a day. Employers need to recognize that movement is critical not only to the health of their workers but also to their productivity and bottom line,” related Steve Bordley, CEO of

TrekDesk is a full sized, height adjustable work station which attached to an existing treadmill allows individuals to walk slowly while they work and restore their health. Designed to re-introduce movement into the workplace and schools TrekDesk offers the ability to achieve 10,000 steps in as little as 3-4 hours a day.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found in a 2003 study that participants who exercised only 30 minutes every morning had less trouble falling asleep than those who were less active.

“Just 30 minutes of exercise offers tremendous benefits, but we have to think beyond stop gap measures. We have a health crisis in this country and until we address the issues contributing to sedentary lifestyles and our escalating levels of inactivity we will remain in peril,” concluded Bordley.


Sleep Loss ‘Worse for Extroverts’


Sleep loss ‘worse for extroverts’ Says U.S. Army Study

The BBC is reporting that the study could go some way to explaining the performances of people who work shifts

Outgoing people appear to suffer worse from the effects of lack of sleep, US army researchers suggest.

They kept 48 volunteers awake for 36 hours, with some allowed to mix with others, the journal Sleep reports.

Those defined as introverts did better at staying awake and in reaction tests.

And those extroverts who were denied social contact also did well, suggesting it is “social stimulation” that tires out the parts of the extroverts’ brains linked to alertness.
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The study involved 48 people aged 18 to 39, who were divided into two roughly equal groups following personality type screening, which defined whether they were natural extroverts or introverts.

After a good night’s sleep, they remained awake for a day and a half, with various tests each hour to measure the effects of lack of sleep.

Some of the test subjects – both introverts and extroverts – were allowed to take part in group discussions, and play board games and puzzles for 12 hours of the 36. The others were not allowed any such social interaction.

First of all, the test subjects who were “socially enriched” in this way were tested to see if there was any difference between the natural extroverts and introverts.

While there was little difference in one of the tests, in which volunteers had to push a button as soon as possible in response to a light, introverts fared better in a “maintenance of wakefulness test”, which checks whether sleep-deprived people are able to stay awake over a set period of time.

The extroverts in that group did badly in the test, but the extroverts in the second group – those denied social contact – performed markedly better.

The researchers, from the Walter Reed Army Institute in Maryland, said the results suggested that personality type might not only have a bearing on ability to cope with military tasks which required being awake for long period, but also with shift work.

They reported: “Overall, the present results might also be interpreted more generally to suggest that waking experiences, along with their interaction with individual characteristics, influence vulnerability to subsequent sleep loss.”

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The extrovert is more likely to be influenced by a perception of what is going on in the group”

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One possibility, they said, was that intense social interactions might lead to fatigue in brain regions which also played a role in alertness.

Conversely, they said, it was possible that introverts might always have a relatively high level of activity in parts of the brain affected by social situations.

On a day-to-day basis, it is suggested this could mean that social contact leads to “over-stimulation”, explaining why introverts would withdraw or shy away.

However, the constant activity might also make their brains better placed to fight the effects of sleep deprivation, they said.

One UK academic said that there might be a simpler explanation for the different impact of sleep deprivation.

Professor Mark Blagrove, a neuroscientist from the University of Swansea, has published similar research into effects of sleep deprivation on the mood of introverts and extroverts.

Again, he found extroverts more vulnerable to mood changes driven by lack of sleep.

He said: “We suggested that extrovert people might be more heavily influenced by the sleep-deprived appearance of people in the group around them.

“They found no differences in the objective test of alertness they used, but did find differences in the wakefulness test, which is a slightly less objective measure of how someone is feeling.

“This supports a slightly simpler argument – that the extrovert is more likely to be influenced by a perception of what is going on in the group.”

Sleep Study Analysis: Relation Between Sleep Disorders And Risk Perception By Drivers


Sleep Study Analysis The Relation Between Sleep Disorders And Risk Perception By Drivers Analyzed relation between sleep disorders and risk perception by drivers with disorder

Within the framework of a recent research project, University of Granada researchers will analyze how sleep disorders affect risk perception in driving. To such purpose, three last-generation simulators provided by the Faculty of Psychology will be employed.

The purpose of the first study will be to analyze how a specific sleep disorder–obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)– affects risk perception in driving, as well as the efficacy of the therapies in development to treat it. Concretely, University of Granada researchers will study how different treatments for OSA improve risk perception in simulated driving. To such purpose, they employed the motorcycle simulator Honda Riding Trainer (HRT) using a multidimensional methodology (psychological, physical, behavioral and subjective measurements).

At present, the University of Granada counts on the only research centre in Europe devoted to study the mental mechanisms leading individuals to risky behaviours when riding a motorcycle. This study could be useful in the future to modify and avoid such behaviours. The Faculty of Psychology was provided with three last-generation simulators in 2009 usually employed to study this type of disorders, within the framework of an agreement signed with the company Honda Motor Co. (Europe).