Working More/Sleeping Less

The lack of awareness of the impact of sleep deprivation is a national health emergency according to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders.
In addition, because of the pressures of life in a 24/7 society filled with ringing cell phones and beeping pagers, increasing numbers of otherwise healthy people are deliberately choosing to sleep less in order to steal time for their work and families. The resulting national sleep debt has taken a corresponding toll in reduced worker productivity, increased accidents on the job and on the highways, and impairment of mental and physical health. In "Working More/Sleeping Less" WKSU's Vivian Goodman talked with employees, health care workers, sleep therapists, and sleep researchers about the consequences of sleep loss and the need for better recognition of the problem.
Dr. Kingman Strohl
Dr. Kingman Strohl, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Sleep Disorders Laboratory at the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, is an internationally recognized expert on sleep education. He believes that about 25 percent of the population is not paying adequate attention to their sleep needs. WKSU's Vivian Goodman spoke with Strohl as they toured his sleep lab.
David Hellerstein
Dr. David Hellerstein is a Cleveland native currently serving as clinical director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, N.Y. He is also a prize-winning essayist and novelist. His published works include "Battles of Life and Death", "Loving Touches", "A Family of Doctors" and the recent electronic novel, "Stone Babies". WKSU's Vivian Goodman spoke with Dr. Hellerstein about the impact of sleep deprivation on mental health. Hellerstein also shared his views about the bad example set by many members of the health care profession in failing to get sufficient sleep.
Related Links
MEDLINEplus: Sleep Disorders -- The National Institutes of Health web site -- a very comprehensive resource for both expert and layman. -- dedicated to improving public health and safety by promoting public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and supports sleep and fatigue-related education, research and advocacy.

Worker Fatigue Reduction -- a web page about reducing worker fatigue in shiftwork. It is administered by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the only federal agency mandated to conduct occupational safety and health research and training. -- promoting the annual Workplace Napping Day. This year it is April 2, the first Monday after the beginning of daylight savings time.

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