April 18 is Sleep Apnea Awareness Day (Aviisha offers free screenings)

"18 million. That’s the number of people, and counting, who are believed to have sleep apnea. What’s most shocking is that three-quarters of them don’t even know that they have the disorder.

Sleep apnea is a chronic disease where the person’s tongue and soft palate fall against the back of the throat, making it difficult to breathe. The disorder can lead to chronic heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, sudden death, among other serious effects for adults."

- Red Orbit

"Aviisha Medical Institute will offer free sleep apnea screening and assessments for patients between April 18 and April 30. The assessments will be conducted online by Aviisha sleep specialists using Aviisha’s telemedicine platform."

- Yahoo News (PRWeb)

Posted on April 18, 2012 .

"Depressed mothers more likely to wake sleeping babies unnecessarily"

"Researchers have found that depressed and excessively anxious moms may actually be fueling their own exhaustion by waking their babies at night.

To our surprise, we found that moms with elevated depressive symptoms and those with elevated worry were much more likely to seek out their babies in the middle of the night and be with them even when their babies didn’t need attention,” says Teti. “Some babies were sound asleep and their mothers would pick them up and disrupt their sleep.”

- TIME

"They then investigated whether the mothers' symptoms of depression caused them to behave in ways that affected their infants' sleep, or whether infants' night awakenings led their mothers to be more depressed, perhaps because of lack of sleep.

The researchers found that it's the depression-linked behavior of mothers that interferes with infants' sleep.

Mothers who are feeling depressed may seek emotional comfort by going to their infants during the night, the researchers explained."

- US News

Posted on April 18, 2012 .

Lack of sleep increase risk for diabetes

"Too little sleep can give you Type 2 diabetes; Disrupting the body's circadian rhythms wreaked havoc on blood sugar levels and metabolic rate." 

- New York Daily News (Associated Press)

"Researchers have found further experimental evidence that inadequate sleep can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. A five-week study showed that sleep disruption decreases insulin secretion, increases blood glucose levels and slows metabolism enough to lead to significant weight gain." 

New York Times

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Posted on April 18, 2012 .