National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015

National Sleep Foundation calls for greater awareness of the importance of sleep

To call attention to the importance of sleep, the National Sleep Foundation created National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015. We are providing some facts about sleep to show our support for this important issue.  

Are you feeling sleepy?

Are you feeling sleepy?

Are you feeling sleepy? Do you feel exhausted after a meal or just generally tired during the day? Even worse, have you ever nodded off while driving or operating machinery? You’re not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders, and intermittent sleep problems that can harm health, alertness and safety.

When it comes to sleep, we all need a wake-up call. Here is some food for thought:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named sleep deprivation a public health risk increasingly linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.

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Mild memory & thinking issues: What works, what doesn’t?

U-M experts weigh the evidence to help doctors & patients navigate mild cognitive impairment

memory finger string blogFor up to one in five Americans over age 65, getting older brings memory and thinking problems– along with the embarrassment of not being as “sharp” as they once were, and the worry that it will get much worse.

They might just call it “getting older”. But officially, when memory or cognitive problems don’t interfere significantly with daily living, doctors call them mild cognitive impairment, or MCI.

What can be done to prevent or slow MCI? And how much should seniors fear that their thinking or memory problems will get much worse?

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