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Study: One-third of Americans are sleep deprived

Study: One-third of Americans are sleep deprived

 

MUNCIE, Indiana – Nearly a third of Americans are getting inadequate sleep — including police offices, healthcare workers and truck drivers —  and it is getting worse with every passing year, says a new study from Ball State University.

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Short Sleep Duration in Working American Adults,” an analysis of more than 150,000 working adults from 2010 to 2018, found that prevalence of inadequate sleep — 7 hours or less — increased from 30.9% of respondents in 2010 to 35.6% in 2018. The study was posted Monday by the Journal of Community Health.

The study also found that the people who report getting the fewest hours of shut-eye include native born Americans, who are female, have children at home, work for the government, and live in the South.

“Inadequate sleep is associated with mild to severe physical and mental health problems, injury, loss of productivity, and premature mortality,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, lead author and a health science professor at Ball State. “This is a significant finding because the U.S. is currently witnessing high rates of chronic diseases across all ages, and many of these diseases are related to sleep problems.”

The study found that in 2018, professions with the highest levels of poor sleep including those in the police and military (50%), health care support occupations (45%), transport and material moving (41%), and production occupations (41%).

“There is no definitive cause found for these trends in sleep duration in working American population,” Khubchandani said. “We see the workplace is changing as Americans work longer hours, and there is greater access and use of technology and electronic devices, which tend to keep people up at night. Add to this the progressive escalation in workplace stress in the United States, and the rising prevalence of multiple chronic conditions could be related to short sleep duration in working American adults.”

The study also found:

  • For men, about 30.5% reported getting 7 or less hours of sleep in 2010 and by 2018 about 35.5% reporting inadequate sleep.
  • Among women, those reported too little sleep grew from 31.2% in 2011 to 35.8% in 2018.
  • By race and inadequate sleep prevalence, the trend from 2010-2018 was 29.2 to 34.1% for whites, 40.6 to 46.5% for African-Americans, 29.5 to 35.3% for Asians, and 35.2 to 45.2% for multiracial adults.
  • From 2010 to 2018, the largest increases in sleep deprivation were reported by men, multiracial individuals, older adults, those living in the western U.S., and widowed, divorced, or separated people.

Khubchandani believes that employers should take steps to make sure their workers are getting enough rest.

“Employers have a major responsibility and should use health promotion strategies to ensure that workers who struggle with sleep problems are assisted,” he said. “We all suffer when our bus and truck drivers, doctors, and nurses are sleep deprived.”

Khubchandani also warns that the use of over-the-counter medications may be making life miserable for millions of Americans.

Many of these medications can have side effects, including worsening of insomnia when inappropriately prescribed or used. Even in primary care, insomnia is frequently misreported, ignored, or the treatment could be suboptimal, despite access to standard treatment interventions, he said.

Khubchandani also suggests that from a public health perspective, chronic sleep problems need management by qualified professionals.

“There is a need for increasing awareness and improving the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders,” he said, “and there needs to be emphasis on public education, training for health professionals, and monitoring.”

Coronavirus: Healthcare Workers Most Vulnerable

Coronavirus: Healthcare Workers Most Vulnerable

“While everyone is worried about family, friends, and cases in the community, we ignore a very high risk and vulnerable group,” says Jagdish Khubchandani, a Ball State University health science professor. “Studies have consistently shown that healthcare workers frequently work long hours, don’t practice self-care, lack on hygienic practices, and work while being sick.

“Today, with coronavirus, there are additional challenges such as changing protocol, greater number of emergencies, shortage of medical supplies, and lack of preventive testing and protective equipment. Healthcare workers are at the frontline and often neglected during such times.”

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 Some key tips for healthcare workers:

  1. Practice self-care with good diet, daily exercise, enough sleep, and adding more protein and vitamins to diet.
  2. Buy your own protective equipment and sanitation supplies if not provided by workplace- masks and sanitizers.
  3. Practice frequent hand washing. Preferably, after each encounter with a client or patient.
  4. Hand washing is better than hand sanitizers. Or, practice both. Relying on hand sanitizers where optimum quantity is not used, or quality of sanitizers can be questioned, is not a good practice. Soap and water are highly recommended compared to casual use of sanitizers.
  5. Try to avoid overworking, watch your shifts, and working hours- exhaustion can make you weak and vulnerable to regular flu as well (in addition to the risk of coronavirus).
  6. Avoid personal contact with clients or patients as much as possible. Healthcare workers frequently shake hands, exchange greetings and hugs with clients who may do it out of affection or gratitude- a distant thank you is ok at this time.
  7. Check your own symptoms and signs for any illness (especially, flu like illness). Cough, runny nose, fever, headaches and body pains should not be ignored during this season.
  8. Ensure that coworkers don’t have these signs and symptoms- stay vigilant and help coworkers get care and rest if they have such symptoms. Be firm with colleagues who don’t practice good hygiene such as regular handwashing.
  9. Follow guidelines for clinical practice and personal protection from authentic sources such as CDC.
  10. Ensure that your facility is following best practices for infection control. It is appropriate now to educate colleagues and your managers, even if they are superiors or higher in chain of command (studies also show that most educated in healthcare professions could be least likely to practice personal hygiene).
  11. Disinfect your office and personal space- even if it is not being done by facilities and janitors.
  12. Call on facilities managers and ensure they are following protocols and daily cleaning and sanitation activities are ramped up.
  13. Ensure that clients are not surrounded by too many friends or family members and educate clients on avoiding too many frequent visitors.
  14. Pull up your training manuals and best practice guideline notebooks for infection control and review if needed.

Long School Days Booster

Being a full time mom and a full time student, I am always exhausted! I try and get to bed early but regardless I am always exhausted. I knew there had to be something I could take to help perk me up besides energy drinks! So I did a little research and found Natrogix Garcinia Cambogia, these are all natural pills that not only help with energy but have helped me with my appetite.

I noticed shortly after I started taking them how alert I felt and no more 1:00 p.m. yawns! I feel as though I can make it through the day now.  These are made with veggie capsules so no yucky ingredients that you can’t even pronounce.

So if you are like me having trouble staying awake during the day and feeling drained all the time, you  should check them out!!

Eating Healthier Keto Friendly!!

2020 I decided to dedicate three things to myself.

  1.  Eat healthier. My sister was doing the Keto diet and has lost weight quickly, so of course I was curious.  I was so excited to try a couple recipes she shared. First was the Parmesan Crisp. Super easy and oh so yummy!

Add shredded Parmesan cheese on wax paper and cook on 400 for 7 mins or until crisp and you have an amazing snack! The next thing we tried was Stuffed Cabbage. This was so fulfilling!    Delish!!

Fry cabbage for 7 mins while browning 1 pound of hamburger meat, add onion and garlic salt, once brown add one can tomato paste and one can of tomato sauce.  Layer cabbage the meat mixture and top with shredded Mozzarella cheese. Then cook till cheese is is brown.

2. Being organized, my life is so much easier but organizing. I am currently working on adding shelves and having an easier access. I have learned this makes my life so much easier!

3. Graduate!! This year I finish my RN nursing school and although I am so ready to be done, I have learned so much and am excited to learn more!

#Health Common Issue That Will Stop You Being The Best Version Of You

ed a blog at the start of the year about my health issues and what I do to overcome them. I’m sure that many of you have additional or alternative health conditions. Worse still, there’s a good chance that the vast majority of those seemingly minor issues are left untreated.

 

In reality, though, the decision not to respond to the signs that your body is giving you could place restrictions on your life. After all, it’s not only the life-threatening problems that can bring negativity to your world. Here are six issues to look out for.

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#1. Financial Stress

 

You may not feel that financial health is linked to physical health. On the contrary, money worries are the most significant cause of stress known to man.

 

This ultimately means that getting your finances in good health should be top of the agenda. Learning to improve your credit score, repay your debts, and lower monthly overheads will all help.  The benefits are both immediate and long-term, so this truly can transform your entire world for the better.

 

If nothing else, not worrying about those issues can help you focus on some of the others.

 

#2. Poor Nutrition

 

We all know that healthy eating has a huge impact on our body image and size. However, its significance is far greater than that, and getting it wrong could lead to several issues.

 

The right choice of foods can help fight stress, a lack of energy, and even boost your immune system. Crucially, though, it is very easy to dismiss the symptoms of IBS and other digestive problems. Frankly, being diagnosed with a food intolerance or digestive condition will allow you to seek the right treatment.

 

So, if you’ve noticed that certain foods are causing health issues, including digestive troubles, do not hesitate to call a doctor.

 

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#3. Hearing Loss

 

Some health conditions are harder to detect than others, and hearing loss is a tough one. This is largely because you don’t know what people with normal hearing can hear in any scenario.

 

There are a variety of telltale signs, however. These can range from struggling to understand conversations to not hearing the doorbell or turning the TV up. Meanwhile, this tinnitus info can help you discover what to do if ringing and other symptoms occur. Given that hearing issues will impact your daily life, immediate action is needed.

 

The sooner you treat the problem, the sooner normality can be restored. You owe it to yourself to put this aspect right.

 

#4. Sports Injuries

 

Regular exercise is a necessary feature of a healthy lifestyle, and occasional injuries are to be expected. Nonetheless, you must avoid the threat of letting them cause recurrent damage.

 

Whether it’s a broken bone or a strained muscle, rest and recovery are crucial factors. Still, many issues will require special treatments and rehab. Without those steps, you may never get back to full health. Aside from limiting your success on the pitch or court, this can also lead to daily struggles in your life.

 

While the internet is packed with information, getting seen by a professional is virtually essential.

 

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#5. Unclean Home

 

Treating your body will always be top of the agenda. Nonetheless, it’s important to accept that other issues have an influence. Your surroundings are certainly key, especially at home.

 

Keeping the home tidy needn’t be as tough as you first fear. Robotic vacuums and other tech devices can remove the strain while a minimalist design works wonders. When you also take note of dampness and other problems, staying on top of the situation becomes easy. This can improve breathing issues and generally reduce the threat of common colds.

 

Above all else, a clean home is a happy home that will encourage you to lead a better lifestyle.

 

#6. Poor Sleep Patterns

 

For all the improvements made to your daily life, improving your sleeping patterns is probably the most significant item of all.

 

After all, you spend roughly one-third of your life in the land of nod. Furthermore, insomnia can impact your energy levels, mental health, and physical appearance. Ignoring it any longer would be a nightmare. Whether it’s a new mattress or a change to your evening habits doesn’t matter. Finding a way to enhance the quality and quantity of rest is essential.

 

When added to some of the other issues above, you should see noticeable improvements in the way you feel on a daily basis. Perfect.

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