Sleeping Woes

It’s estimated 70 million Americans are chronically sleepy; now a slew of new studies shed some light on the causes and consequences of the country's sleeping woes.

It could be allergies keeping you awake.

A French study found a higher rate of sleep troubles among allergy sufferers than those without allergies.

While researchers in Wisconsin have found higher rates of depression in people with sleep related breathing disorders, and researchers in Chicago found sleep deprivation affects blood sugar control in people with diabetes.

All are important reasons to get some treatment so you can get some sleep.

Duke sleep medicine researcher Jack Edinger, said, “We think it is important to intervene in insomnia before it blossoms into something greater.”

Neurologist Anne Calhoun, said, “The foundations of good health are good diets, good exercise and good sleep, but two out of three doesn't get you there.”

Here are some startling facts from the national institutes of health.

Sleep disorders add approximately $15 billion to our national health care bill.

Sleepy workers also cost the country's businesses $50 billion a year in lost productivity.


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