September 14, 2012
The National Institutes of Health is expanding its safe infant sleep outreach campaign to include ways to reduce not only sudden infant death syndrome but all causes of infant death. The “Back to Sleep” campaign was launched in 1994 to encourage parents to put babies to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS, or unexplained death of an infant under a year old. The campaign has been adopted widely, with Maryland and Baltimore City aggressively educating parents.
January 22, 2008
In addition to all the reasons that being overweight is not good for you, there is evidence that it prevents you from sleeping well. Even worse, researchers warn of a vicious cycle of eating more when you are sleep-deprived. If more motivation were needed to make that New Year's resolution to shed those extra pounds, the prospect of not sleeping and gaining more weight should do it. The dangers of obesity are well known and can't be emphasized enough. There's the increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and heart problems that can lead to a poor quality of life and, at worst, a reduced life span.
November 13, 2012
While health professionals encourage people to get from seven to eight hours of sleep nightly, millions of Americans are falling well short of that mark. Many are getting just five to six hours and recent studies have shown that more than 20 percent of the population may be suffering from some type of sleep disorder. St. Agnes Hospital now has a renovated and expanded facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The St. Agnes Sleep Center is open to adults and children as young as 3 years old. The patients are usually referred to the facility by their primary care doctor or cardiologist.
August 3, 2010
The chronic sleep disorder that afflicts Ravens rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle is a common but often misdiagnosed condition that is treatable and should not affect his NFL career, according to experts in the study of narcolepsy. But the long-term effect is still being studied. University of Texas football coach Mack Brown disclosed last week that Kindle, 23, suffers from narcolepsy. It is unknown whether the disorder contributed to a recent fall at a house in Austin in which his skull was fractured.
June 30, 1991
A. M. Chaplin says that she demonstrated true reportoria involvement in this week's cover story on sleep. She got a two-week-long attack of insomnia while she was doing it, during which she felt, as every insomniac does, godawful. "I consoled myself," she says, "with deeply resentful thoughts about certain individuals who have the bad taste to sleep soundly while their spouses toss and turn miserably for hours."A. M. takes some small pleasure in pointing out the rotten sleep habits of sleep researchers.
February 13, 2000
Sleeping. We spend a third of our lives doing it, and yet we have to learn how, and some of us still have trouble with it after many years. Some sleep scientists believe most of us are getting 6 hours of sleep a night, when we actually need 8 or 10. Sleep experts say the key to getting to sleep is to have a routine, a set of behaviors practiced faithfully every night to "wind you down" and lead you into dreamland. Some suggested activities are stretching exercises to relax tension, drinking hot caffeine-free tea, or luxuriating in a warm bath.