Is Your City Listed in the Top 10 Most Sleep-Deprived Cities

A new study from the CDC names the top ten most sleep-deprived cities and Detroit is taking top honors.

  1. Detroit
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  4. New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. New York, New York
  6. Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Louisville, Kentucky
  8. Raleigh, North Carolina
  9. Columbus, Ohio
  10. Boston, Massachusetts

New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but its residents are not America’s sleepiest.

And they’re not so “Sleepless in Seattle” either.

The distinction of being America’s most weary citizens goes instead to the nearly 800,000 residents of Detroit, declared America’s most sleep-deprived city based on data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and released by mattress company Sleepy’s.

Coming in behind Detroit is Birmingham, Ala., a state way to the south and with a different population, but still in need of sleep.

The rankings are based on individual sleep habits as reported in an annual study by the CDCP of more than 350,000 adults in all 50 states.  The findings took into account the percentage of time people don’t get enough sleep or rest, and the percentage of people who say they don’t get enough sleep more than half of the time.

If you live in one of the sleep-deprived cities, or just need a good nap no matter where you are, where should you head?  Go west, all the way to California.

Three of the top five cities reporting the most sleep are located in California  Joining San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco in the top five most well-rested cities are Dallas, TX and Richmond, Va.

Source: Sleepys Inc

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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SASM Annual Conference: “OSA, Anesthesia, and Sleep. The Common Ground”, Oct 14, Chicago

Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine

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The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) has been founded to encourage exploration of the substantial common ground that exists between Anesthesiology and Sleep Medicine and the anesthetic and sleep states.

The Society’s objectives are to:

  • Encourage the cross fertilization of ideas between anesthesiology and sleep medicine.
  • Promote clinical and epidemiological studies determining the associations between sleep disorder breathing and perioperative risk.
  • Examine methods of minimizing perioperative risk of upper airway obstruction or ventilatory insufficiency in predisposed individuals.
  • Explore the use of non-invasive positive airway pressure therapies to prevent and treat perioperative upper airway obstruction or hypoventilation.
  • Stimulate research examining the relationships in respiratory, neurophysiological, neuropsychological and neuropharmacological function between anesthesia and sleep.

The Society is organizing a preconvention conference at the American Society of Anesthesiologists on October 14, 2011 in Chicago focused on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Anesthesia

Effects of Insomnia on Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson struggled with chronic sleeplessness and was so desparate to sleep he ingested propofol (Diprivan) to help him sleep.

His concern about being unable to sleep may have developed into psychophysiologyical insomnia. People with this sleep disorder worry too much about insomnia and about being tired the next day and as a result, they become too tense and anxious to fall asleep normally.

Sleep problems can cause havoc with a person’s life. Before Michael Jackson’s death, he complained about problems sleeping. If he indeed had insomnia for any significant length of time, his mental and physical health may have been compromised, as this is what medical authorities maintain happens with sleep problems of long duration

Click here to see Joy Behar talke with Mark Geragos and Dr. Michael Breus about the effects of insomnia on Michael Jackson

BRPT Fires Back as Applications for new RST Certificate Climbs

The BRPT and ABSM have done battle before, and dueling press releases last week opened old wounds. It started with an American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) missive touting the number of RPSGTs applying for new Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) certificates.

Specifically, the ABSM reported that 1,250 Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGTs) have so far applied for equivalency status to obtain certification from the ABSM as a Registered Sleep Technologist (RST). “The encouraging response from RPSGTs affirms the value of the ABSM’s new registry exam and RST credential, which will promote professional excellence and dedication to the highest standards of patient care,” said Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, president of the ABSM, via press release.

According to the ABSM press release, all practicing sleep technologists who have passed the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) examination prior to Dec. 31, 2011, and are RPSGTs in good standing, are eligible to apply to the ABSM for RST equivalency status. ABSM officials say this process gives RPSGTs an opportunity to obtain the new RST certificate without taking the ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Examination, which will be offered for the first time Nov 11, 2011.

The BRPT responded quickly with its own press release. “We read with interest the recent ABSM news release regarding the number of RPSGT credential holders opting to accept the offer of ABSM RST equivalency, for a fee of $25, without a requirement to sit for the RST exam,” wrote Janice East, RPSGT, R. EEG T, president of BRPT. “The RST exam has not been administered to a single sleep professional, therefore the only way for ABSM to issue the credential now is to allow technologists to pay for the ‘equivalency’ by using their RPSGT credential plus a fee.”

East wrote that she and BRPT officials “strongly disagree with ABSM President Dr. Nathaniel Watson’s statement that the number of RPSGTs who have opted into RST equivalency ‘affirms the value of the ABSM’s new registry exam and the RST credential.’ It is not possible to ‘affirm the value’ of a credential for which no exam has yet been given, reviewed for reliability and validity, and validated by an independent third party.”

East continued: No one needs the RST credential if you have earned the RPSGT credential. The RPSGT credential is positioned in all accreditation and licensing bodies. Those individuals currently described as holders of the RST credential are, in fact, holders of the RPSGT credential: a credential which Dr. Watson and other representatives of the AASM leadership have previously indicated is not an indicator of readiness to perform the primary duties of a polysomnographic technologist. This was offered as the reason ABSM created the RST credential in the first place. That assertion was made even as the RPSGT—a 32 year old, NCCA-accredited credential held by over 17,000 sleep technologists worldwide, is positioned as “equivalent” to the RST exam.  How do the opposing statements for the RST creation and the one granting RPSGTs “equivalency” for $25 make sense?

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