Skip to comments.Sleep Crisis: The Science of Slumber - Go to bed. On time. Tonight. Or else.
Posted on 06/18/2013 5:25:30 PM PDT by rickmichaels
The sleep doctors are coming and they want you to go to bed. On time. Tonight. Every night. Or else.
They want doctors to add a single question to routine checks of vital signs like body temperature, pulse, blood pressure and rate of breathing. The question is: How did you sleep?
If youre like most people, probably not well, or at least not enough.
Coffee-fuelled North Americans, with our smartphones at our bedsides, are sleeping, on average, nearly two hours less than we were 40 years ago, when most people slept 8½ hours or more. More and more people are being diagnosed with sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing is disrupted during sleep. And insomnia, which affects about 10 per cent of the population, is no longer considered merely a symptom of other medical or psychiatric problems but has been classified as a full-fledged disorder in its own right.
The scientific evidence is mounting that getting less than the recommended seven to nine hours of nightly sleep is having wide-ranging impacts on our bodies, our minds and, especially, on the health of our children, who need even more sleep: 10 to 11 hours per night.
In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. It released a survey showing that more than 35 per cent of U.S. adults reported getting less than seven hours of sleep a night; 38 per cent reported unintentionally falling asleep at least once during the day in the preceding month.
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Saw a sleep doctor last week. Doing a test at home next week.
Here come the weight sensors on our beds.
The government can pay for my medical bills, sans CommieCare, if they want me to sleep properly. I have endocrine disease and no amount of someone saying “you need to do this and this” is going to fix it without invasive procedures.
I do like a 20 minute nap during the day if I can manage it.
You’re doing the sleep test? I had it done. They put sensors on your body, on your head, on your face, pulse monitor on your finger, and an earbud taped to your neck to hear what your throat/vocal chords are doing. I didn’t sleep that night. They said I had about 6 hours of sleep.
No chance. The Spurs are going to win the NBA Championship tonight!
How does that differ, apart from the obvious, from staying the night at a sleep center?
I get about 7 hours and a nap during the day most times.
Not one of the type formerly used by soft bellied bourgeois capitalist pigs.
They want something else for the public to worry about and not sleep!
If I get anywhere from three to six hours a day, I’m good to go. I had an uncle who couldn’t sleep more than three hours a day.
I don’t know yet. I know they won’t be video taping me. It’s something I can hook myself up to. It’s also not as sensitive as the one at the clinic.
My daughter had an overnight sleep study a few years ago, so I’ll be able to tell the difference after I get this one done.
Then we run to the doctor and say that we can't sleep.
Instead just go to bed about an hour earlier and when you wake up enjoy your hour of wakefulness. Don't get on the computer or turn on the TV. Instead just enjoy some quality quiet time. Read, pray, do a crossword, draw or, if your spouse is awake as well, some cuddling and more.
Then drop back off. And awake in a few hours feeling refreshed.
Just finished my sleep studies, will be getting a CPAP machine soon. Sleep apnea seems to be the disease of choice for those of us over fifty and weight. Supposedly it causes all kinds of badness.
Used a CPAP for years. Taking off over 100 lbs helped reduce the need, but still use it as it helps me get into REM sleep. Just got to be careful not to hang myself when I roll over. Being SCUBA certified helps get used to it...
Yes and no. If you snore loudly, good chance, even if you weigh 100 lbs soaking wet, you have apnea. Has to do with the size of your airway.
Been on a Bi-Pap for about 4 years now. I was literally a zombie before. My sleep study was interrupted by the tech saying, I don't want you to think you broke records but you came close! I'm putting a mask on you now”! The study was supposed to last two nights but he got concerned when I stopped breathing several times for almost a minute.
That study and my machine have given me a new lease on life.
I’m the same. If I can get 6 hours and half an hour during the day I’m golden.
I’m tired of the nanny state... Edison slept very little and he did just fine. So have lots of other people.
I’m a certified diver too. I heard a few days ago that it is actually harder for some to do both because the CPAP=breathing through the nose, SCUBA=breathing through the mouth.
No wonder I had trouble with sealing my mask.... ;-)
Um, what are the odds that Barbara Bush had a night nanny?
The odds that Barbara Bush had a night nanny for all the years when she had at least one child under two are not that high. Not all people from money always had much to spend in the early years. Even aside from being awakened by a crying child, there is staying up late to finish school projects, getting up very early to get all the kids off to school. I grew up in a place where many people were rich, yet the number of people who had more than, say, four kids and had enough nannies, housekeepers, and drivers to ensure the mother got eight hours of sleep every night throughout all their childhoods was minuscule. Real (meaning involved) mothers â and fathers, too! â who have big families don’t get enough sleep â even if they are rich.
Most wealthy moms had night nannies. Wealthy grandmothers coughed up the dough so their daughters didn’t look old before their times. And look ‘run down’.
I grew up kin to more than a few wealthy people. The ‘night nurse’ was prevalent while the kid was 6m or less. My own grandmother was a ‘night nurse’ for a few years. Paid good money too.
After that the kid usually sleeps through the night. Most nights. I had a buncho kids. Letting the kid ‘cry it out’ was a common parenting tactic.
I didn’t do that but my parents generation did.
What our parents generation had was ‘interrupted’ sleep. Which parents still have due to kids. What they didn’t do was stay up to 11pm or later watching various TV shows. I still remember when the nightly news, over at 10:30pm, brought on the ‘Indian graphic’ that signalled the end of the broadcast day. 24/7 programming wasn’t available to distract.
Commutes weren’t insanely long yet either. Cities were still safe for the middle class. Now commuters have to be awake at 5:00am to begin their commute at 6am to be at work at 8am.
So now, there’s interrupted sleep due to kids which has always been around for MOST of humanity, plus losing an hour or two on either end of what would normally have been sound sleep 40 years ago.
After the advent of free public school the (housewife) mom of many could, theoretically, catch 30m or 45m of sleep if she enforced naptime for the littles still at home. I did this, especially when I had a newborn. Working moms can’t do this.
So, lots less sleep. As for number of kids. Who can afford that now?
Yes, my friend.
Glad I could help.
BTW: Where did you dive last?
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