Posted Friday, June 24, 2011
Dennis Auckley, Elizabeth Click, and Ken Casey
Sleep: A Wake-Up Call
The United States faces a national sleep deficit and it’s getting worse. The Center for Disease Control calls insufficient sleep an epidemic that’s affecting our health, safety, mood and efficiency. It has links to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, anger and more. Most adults need 7 ½ to 8 hours sleep each night and teens need 9 hours. But two-thirds of Americans who responded to a survey earlier t...his year by the National Sleep Foundation said their sleep needs are not being met; 43% say they “rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights.”
Why? Among the causes: the pervasive use of communications technology in the hour before bed, alcohol use and the lack of regularity in sleep schedules. What can be done? In June, ideastream in collaboration with The Plain Dealer and *NetWellness will launch “Sleep: A Wake-Up Call” - a multiple media exploration of sleep and why many of us don’t get enough of it. This special coverage will examine everything from shift-work to sleep walking, snoring to cat-naps, dreaming to insomnia. We’ll also journey into the brain and body to understand what exactly happens in and to our bodies when we are sleeping.
*NetWellness.org is a consumer health website from Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Dennis Auckley, Case Western Reserve University, is a Pulmonologist and Sleep Specialist who directs the Center for Sleep Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.
Dr. Elizabeth Click, is an Assistant Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio.
Dr. Kenneth R. Casey, University of Cincinnati, chairs the Sleep Medicine NetWork of the American College of Chest Physicians and is Chief of Sleep Medicine Services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.