May 8, 2013
The HCPSS board is researching the feasibility of later high school start times. This could have a great impact on many students around the county and I fully back this proposal. As a high school student, I can visibly see the effects of sleep deprivation on students. I am looking for an increase in support from the school board. Specifically, I would like to see the school board push high school start times to later than the current start time of 7:20 a.m. In studies done by the National Sleep Foundation, National Department of Transportation and Center Disease Control and Prevention, they found that only 31 percent of high school students reported getting a sufficient eight hours of sleep.
July 29, 1993
Half of Americans suffer bouts of insomnia or chronic sleep loss that could endanger their health, a panel of leading sleep disorder experts cautioned yesterday.Although many sleep-deprived Americans acknowledge feelings of irritability, apathy and lethargy, few realize that failing to catch enough shut-eye can lead to long-term health problems, some of which can be fatal."Sleep disorders and chronic sleep deprivation are America's worst, largest and costliest invisible [medical] problem," Dr. William Dement, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
May 22, 2009
Residents' sleep deprivation a danger True, spending money so docs in training can sleep seems exorbitant, but people outside medicine do not understand the toll sleep deprivation takes on health providers and patients. Most doctors in training toil in inner city hospitals and take care of the poor, who are far sicker than other patients when they arrive in hospitals. Decisions have to be made fast and procedures done quickly to save lives. Calm doctors with alert minds and steady hands make the difference between life and death for severely ill patients.
March 21, 2000
Just how long can Joseph C. Palczynski keep going? The answer, according to some doctors, may be several more days. People can function for extended periods if sleep-deprived, experts say, though they are likely to become more irritable and suspicious. But for someone suffering from bipolar disorder, going days with virtually no sleep can have disastrous consequences. Since the standoff in Dundalk began Friday night, Baltimore County police believe Palczynski has kept going with only occasional naps.
April 27, 2009
'Coercion' is just totalitarian torture Richard Saccone pooh-poohs all this needless talk about "torture" ("Confusing coercion with torture," Commentary, April 22). He speaks dismissively of water-boarding and of keeping "a terrorist awake 15 minutes past his bedtime." Mr. Saccone is either intentionally reading the torture memos selectively or confused about the difference between democracy and totalitarianism. Consider the following chilling parallels. In Stalinist Russia, sleep deprivation was regularly deployed against political prisoners.
April 4, 2003
SILVER SPRING - Army Col. Gregory Belenky pops a stick of "Stay Alert" gum and chomps it for an hour, ignoring the label on the camouflage wrapper that warns him not to chew the super-caffeinated military product for more than five minutes. What do you expect from the Army's chief sleep deprivation expert? He's tired. Since the war with Iraq began, the fatigue questions have kept this military psychiatrist's phone ringing at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Among the callers: the Army surgeon general's office, which recently requested several cases of "Stay Alert" - a sickly sweet gum that works like a giant coffee, only much faster.