Imagine you wake up several times a night. You haven’t had a good night’s sleep in months. What would you do? You could go to see a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders. The doctor might then refer you to a sleep laboratory, where a sleep technologist would administer tests to analyze your sleeping patterns. On the basis of this analysis, the doctor would make a diagnosis that hopefully helps you get a good night’s sleep.
“We Live for REM”
Sleep technology is a relatively new fired with plenty of job opportunities. The first sleep lab was set up in 1976. Today, there are many sleep labs around the country and more are opening each year. In fact, there are fewer than 3,000 registered sleep technologists for the 40 million Americans with sleep disorders.
Sleep technologists study the sleep cycles of people with sleep disorders. One commonly studies sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. Apnea is Greek for “no breath.”
Apnea is a disorder in which a sleeper actually stops …
We want it. We need it. We gotta have it – tonight. Give it to us – long, full and deep. Is a good night’s sleep too much to ask? Apparently. For many women, it’s become a distant dream. We miss out so often on both quality and quantity that sleep experts call women the most sleep-deprived creatures on Earth.
If you’re feeling exhausted right now, then you know exactly what I mean. You routinely drag yourself through the day, thinking that maybe tonight will be the night when you’ll finally be able to catch up. You find yourself longing for eight beautiful, restful unbroken hours of sleep. But it probably won’t happen.
The latest figures show that during the workweek, the average woman gets a mere six hours and 41 minutes of sleep. Do you make up for it on weekends? Hardly. On Friday or Saturday night, you average only seven hours and 16 minutes. This means that every week you’re short of the recommended sleep totals by eight …
Sometimes nighttime just isn’t what it used to be. In my younger days, once I fell asleep I was gone for the entire night. But as I’ve gotten older, it seems as if I wake up once or twice a night for no particular reason. And I hate that! Has it happened to you? You know, about 2:30 in the morning, suddenly there you lie staring at the ceiling. When it happens to me, more often than not I’m thinking about a problem, usually one from work.
Stress is never very far from my office, and sometimes it seems as if it’s
taken up permanent residence. But I’ve never understood why the stressful situations of my day have to interfere with getting a few decent hours of sleep at night. Until now.
Researchers in Hershey, Pennsylvania, recently studied the sleep patterns of a number of young and middle-aged men. As part of their project, they administered a stimulating hormone to each man about 10 minutes after he had fallen asleep. …