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Wordless Wednesday: Why is it okay for doctors to work without sleep for 24 hours?

November 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Perhaps the Right to Sleep effort should focus on the high costs that come from mistakes made by sleep-deprived doctors. Those in training are encouraged to work without sleep as a kind of "rite of passage." Research suggests patients pay the price as victims of medical errors or drowsy driving accidents caused by these professionals, who are not superhuman, but just as disabled by sleep deprivation as everyone else. [...]

You asked SHC… about sleeping rough

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

"Sleeping rough" is a British reference to being homeless. People sleeping on the streets may make privileged people uncomfortable, but the reality is that homeless living puts them at much higher risk for a variety of problems that a simple and safe space for sleeping can deter. [...]

Sleep News Special Report || Veterans Day Edition: Our vets need their sleep!

November 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Veterans, by and large, struggle with sleep, and so do their families and caregivers. Whether caused by traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, combat-related cases of sleep apnea, tinnitus, or other problems, they need our help. SHC remembers them this Veterans Day with recent links that specifically address the challenges of living with sleep problems after putting in one's time in military service. [...]

YouTube takes on the use and abuse of the sleeping pill known as Ambien (zolpidem)

October 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

People who turn to the sleeping pill zolpidem (Ambien) may be at higher risk for all kinds of healthy and safety problems, not least of which are drowsy driving, addiction, and dangerous falls. Ambien is not meant to be used nightly or for the long term and has a long list of adverse side effects to go with it. Check out these podcasts and videos for insights into the risks in taking Ambien. [...]