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Obstructive sleep apnea associated with mortality: A study of 2,240 adults is the first to examine the link between obstructive sleep apnea and mortality in Asians. Results show that all-cause mortality risk was 2.5 times higher and cardiovascular mortality risk was more than 4 times higher among people with severe OSA. The results are consistent with previous studies in the U.S. and other countries.
Excessive daytime sleepiness increases risk of vehicle crashes: A study of 2,673 patients in Australia found that untreated obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes in very sleepy men as well as near-misses in men and women. Participants with untreated OSA reported crashes at a rate three times higher than the general community.
Association between sleep duration and self-rated health: A study examined the relationship between sleep duration and self-rated health in Korean adults. Results show that short sleep duration of 5 hours or less per day and long sleep duration of 9 hours or more per day was associated with poor self-rated health. The results add weight to recent data emphasizing the importance of adequate sleep in physical and mental health.
Young football players getting bigger, developing higher risk of sleep apnea: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and CBS Sports analyst Aaron Taylor are advising parents, coaches and school administrators that young football players are at increasingly higher risk of sleep apnea. Those with the greatest risk, especially offensive and defensive lineman who are heavier and have larger necks, should be evaluated by a board certified sleep medicine physician.
October is Emotional Wellness Month: While healthy sleep promotes emotional wellness, a chronic sleep illness can increase the risk of mood disorders such as depression. The short days of winter also can promote seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may cause you to feel sleepy during daytime hours.
Help prevent seasonal flu by getting plenty of sleep: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that you should “get plenty of sleep” to help prevent seasonal flu. Studies have shown that sleep helps sustain the functioning of the immune system and that chronic sleep loss is a risk factor for immune system impairment.
End of Daylight Saving Time - November 3: For most of the U.S., daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. For many of us the time change presents an opportunity to enjoy an extra hour of sleep. But getting restful sleep will continue to be difficult for anyone with a chronic sleep illness.