15 Things You Should Know About Sleep

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Sleep is extremely important, but almost nobody gets enough of it. Recent studies suggest that lack of sleep may have more serious implications than previously thought. Lack of sleep might make you fat and it could even increase your chance of stroke!

We paired a set of sleep facts with pictures of people sleeping right here in New York City (from my tumblr The Sleepers’ Companion).

Studies indicate that sleep deprivation is linked with lower libido and less interest in sex in both men and women. Sometimes to spice things up you need to start by resting.

33% of those who drink 4 or more caffeinated beverages daily are designated at risk for sleep apnea - a disorder in which breathing is interrupted briefly and repeatedly, chronic snoring can be an indicator.

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'Sleep Apnea and Sleep'

National Sleep Foundation

The less you sleep, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh. The more you sleep, the less your genes determine how much you weigh, and the more control you can have over your weight.

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SLEEP DURATION AND BODY MASS INDEX IN TWINS
Sleep Duration and Body Mass Index in Twins: A Gene-Environment Interaction

By: Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, MSc; Kathryn Paige Harden, PhD; Dedra Buchwald, MD; Michael V. Vitiello, PhD; Allan I. Pack, MB ChB, PhD; David S. Weigle, MD; Jack Goldberg, PhD

Men are more likely than women to drive while drowsy (56% vs. 45%) and are almost twice as likely as women to fall asleep while driving (22% vs. 12%).

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'Facts and Stats' from drowsydriving.org

National Sleep Foundation

Lack of sleep can raise the sensation of hunger by 25 per cent. Sleep more and you can eat more or burn more calories.

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Karine Spiegel from University of Lyon

Don't lose sleep over weight, scientists say

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'Sleepy Pilots, Train Operators and Drivers'

National Sleep Foundation

Studies show that regularly sleeping too little (6 hours and less) OR regularly sleeping too much (more than 9 hours) is associated with shorter lifespan! 7-8 hours is the ideal.

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How Much Sleep Do Adults Need?

Michael H. Bonnet Ph.D. and Donna L. Arand Ph.D.
Dayton Department of Veterans Affairs Medical centre, Wright State University,
and Kettering Medical centre

In a CDC survey, 37.9% of respondents reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the month prior, and 4.7% per cent of respondents reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the month prior.

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Results from the centre for Disease Control and Prevention 2008 behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey.

Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Epidemic

centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Sleeping directly after learning something new will improve your ability to remember it effectively.

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Memory for Semantically Related and Unrelated Declarative Information: The Benefit of Sleep, the Cost of Wake

By: Jessica D. Payne, Matthew A. Tucker, Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, Erin J. Wamsley, Matthew P. Walker, Daniel L. Schacter, Robert Stickgold

In a recent study of orthopedic surgical residents, they were fatigued 48% of the time and impaired 27% of the time. The study found that resident fatigue may increase the risk of medical error by 22% overall compared with historical cases.

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Surgeon Fatigue: A Prospective Analysis of the Incidence, Risk, and Intervals of Predicted Fatigue-Related Impairment in Residents

By: Frank McCormick, MD; John Kadzielski, MD; Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH; Brady Evans, BS; James H. Herndon, MD, MBA; Harry E. Rubash, MD

A study of sleep breathing disorders and cancer mortality shows an association between sleep apnea and an increase in your chance of dying from cancer.

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Sleep disordered breathing and cancer mortality: results from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study

By: F. Javier Nieto, Paul E Peppard, Terry Young, Laurel Finn, Khin Mae Hla, and, Ramon Farré

The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep-deprivation played a role.

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40 Facts About Sleep Your Probably Didn't Know (or were too tired to think of)

The Australian National Sleep Research Project

New parents lose out a total of 6 months' sleep in the first two years of childcare.

In a Travelodge study in the UK, more than a quarter of children admitted to falling asleep in class at least once a week.

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Sleep Schooling

Travelodge

Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.

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40 Facts About Sleep Your Probably Didn't Know (or were too tired to think of)

The Australian National Sleep Research Project

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