Fido or Tabby Got Your Sleep?

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Studies have demonstrated that a reasonable percentage of pet owners who allow their pets in bed have sleep problems. And if you think a cat is harmless, then look no further than a home video of what goes on in night when you think your furry friend acts like a stuffed animal. If only…

Trouble Keeping Up with Your CPAP?

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The problem with CPAP therapy is that not a lot of people are good about using it on a routine basis. Or, like trying to start a ambitious exercise program, they are compliant at the start and then slowly drop off. Within a few months, they are rarely found using their CPAP. And sleeping poorly as a result. But there’s hope: new research that just surfaced and was presented last week at a conference in San Diego has revealed that when patients are prescribed just a two-week course of a certain sleep aid (the one marketed as Lunesta), they are more apt to be using their CPAPs in six months.

Not Fit to Fly

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It’s hard to legislate sleep. As an employer you can certainly set rules and guidelines, hoping your employees show up refreshed and ready to perform, but you can’t really enforce or police it—even when lives depend on it. Hearing about the fatigue factor involved in Continental’s February plane crash on a cold, icy night near Buffalo, New York has been horrifying. According to the latest reports from the NTSB, the main cause of the crash is being blamed on the crew’s lack of experience and lack of sleep (lack of proper conduct in the cockpit, too, which certainly stems from a lack of experience and sleep).

Stormy Weather, Stormy Sleep

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Have you ever had trouble sleeping when a storm blows through? (No, I don’t mean being awakened by the sound of thunder or the pelts of rain on your window.) If you suffer with obstructive sleep apnea, listen up: there’s new evidence that the weather can worsen your sleep-disordered breathing.

Are You Fooling Yourself?

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If you think you could use more sleep time, you’re probably right. And science continues to reveal what sleep deprivation can do to us (other than make us tired and cranky). The National Sleep Foundation recently released an alert pointing to new evidence: people who average fewer than six hours a night could develop prediabetes. And you know what that leads to: full-fledged diabetes.