Sleep Newzzz - December 25, 2019
Yes, it’s a super busy time of year. You’re shopping, you’re eating, you’re driving, you’re socializing, you’re shopping again, you’re eating again. Wait … have you slept yet?
At the very least, take five!
Chill out for a few minutes to see what’s happening in this week’s Sleep Newzzz ...
How To Stay Healthy Over The Holidays
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity compared people getting 6-8 hours of sleep per night with minimal stress to those reporting less than 6 hours of sleep per night with high stress levels.
The results showed that the high-stress, minimal sleepers were half as likely to reach their weight loss goals.
Why? Because evidence shows that a lack of sleep is associated with widening waistlines.
Our hormonal levels change when we’re sleep deprived, leading to higher levels of ghrelin and decreased levels of leptin, which is known to increase appetite.
New Research Shows Obesity is Fueling the Rise in Sleep Apnea Cases
Speaking of widening waistlines, new research warns that obesity may be to blame for the increase in sleep apnea rates.
Sleep apnea is the primary cause of breathing issues during sleep.
Huge portions, deep-fried take-out, and emotional eating are all leading to the obesity epidemic wreaking havoc across North America. What’s worse is that obesity is leading to more cases of sleep apnea.
New research conducted by Paul Peppard, assistant professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that obesity may be fueling the influx of sleep apnea sufferers.
Peppard believes that his research findings show a massive rise—as much as 55%—in the cases of sleep apnea over the past 20 years.
He believes there are roughly 4 to 5 million people who are more likely to have sleep apnea due to the obesity epidemic.
"It's certainly an uncalculated cost of the obesity epidemic, an epidemic of its own,” he adds.
The study recently appeared online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Blue Block Glasses Said to Improve Sleep
Well, if they’re good enough for Canadian Olympians, they’re good enough for us!
We all know we’re supposed to shut off our screens at least an hour before bedtime.
That’s because blue light emitted by electronic devices affects the natural levels of meletonin in your brain and body (that’s the sleepy hormone).
But let’s face it, we won’t be stopped. No amount of sleep deprivation will prevent us from using our devices before bed.
Fortunately, there’s a new solution: Blue Block Glasses by Somnitude. Created by Amol Rao, a University of Toronto Engineer, they’re designed to filter out the harsh blue light and mitigate its effects.
The instructions are simple: wear them two to three hours before bed for a better sleep. Somnitude’s glasses have even received a medical device approval from Health Canada!