The latest news from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Teens with earlier school start times have higher crash rates
A new study suggests that teen drivers who start class earlier in the morning are involved in significantly more motor vehicle accidents than peers with a later high school start time. The results underscore the importance of the “Awake at the Wheel” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.
National Diabetes Month: Type 2 diabetics have high risk for sleep apnea
In recognition of November as National Diabetes Month, the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is advising everyone with Type 2 diabetes to be aware of their high risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
Insomnia increases risk of motor vehicle deaths, other fatal injuries
New research suggests that insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.
Awake at the Wheel: Healthy Sleep Project launches drowsy driving education campaign
Recent high-profile motor vehicle accidents have brought national attention to the dangers of drowsy driving. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is addressing this pervasive threat to public health and transportation safety by launching the “Awake at the Wheel” public education campaign, which will educate drivers of all ages about the risks of driving while drowsy in order to reduce avoidable accidents and save lives.
Treating sleep apnea in cardiac patients reduces hospital readmission
A study of hospitalized cardiac patients is the first to show that effective treatment with positive airway pressure therapy reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates and emergency department visits in patients with both heart disease and sleep apnea.