The A.W.AK.E. community of sleep health support groups initially started in response to the needs of sleep apnea patients who needed help with their PAP therapy, but these local meetings have since expanded to focus on and serve the needs of people with all sleep disorders, not just sleep apnea.
Efforts to research a cure for sleep apnea are ongoing at every level. The challenges include developmental better diagnostic strategies, improving the identification of biomarkers showing higher risk for sleep apnea, and much more research on pediatric sleep apnea to understand why it happens and how we can catch it early and reverse the processes that turn it into a chronic condition.
We recently connected with ASAA Sleep Health Medical Advisory Council member, Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH* and Principal at RVW Clinical Consulting, to chat about the value that nurses can bring to sleep health patients and the sleep medicine community at large.
Whatever the cause of your daytime fatigue and nighttime sleep problems, it’s important to take action to correct them. Insomnia and sleep deprivation aren’t problems to ignore. They don’t typically go away on their own and, in fact, will worsen over time, leading to chronic illness, higher risks for accidents and mistakes, mental health problems, and much more.
Sleep deprivation across the lifespan of motherhood: Untreated chronic sleep deprivation for any person does not end well, especially if it’s left untreated for years. Let’s go in with eyes wide open and identify all the myriad ways in which Moms can—and will—lose sleep during their careers as mothers. Some of these causes for sleep problems are just part of life, to be sure, but sleep debt left to accrue over the years is a key reason for mothers to seriously consider getting help for their sleep problems.
Light pollution, US focus, flat. [Credit: Falchi et al., Science Advances, including Dan Duriscoe/NPS; Bob Meadows/NPS; Jakob Grothe/NPS contractor, and Matthew Price/CIRES and CU-Boulder] Light pollution now blots out the Milky Way for eight in ten Americans. Bright areas in this map show where the sky glow from artificial lighting obscures the stars and constellations. An…
In the winter, we commonly make resolutions to start out the New Year that are related to self improvement. This is followed in some cases at midwinter by sacrifices defined by religious practices, such as Lent, in which we forgo something normally considered an extravagance. For those who sacrifice something in midwinter because of faith,…
Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are known to challenge the various systems in the body to maintain the critical functional balance called homeostasis. The kidneys are two hard-working organs in the body which can also suffer from the long-term consequences of poor sleep. Likewise, kidney dysfunction can have an impact of sleep quality and quantity.