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THE SLEEP SITE:
FOCUS ON SLEEP DEPRIVATION



ARE YOU BURNING THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS?


--In the 1960's, a Senate subcommittee predicted that by the 1980's, Americans would be working fewer than 30 weeks per year and less than 28 hours per week--and that they also would be retiring by age 40!
This is not what happened.

--Instead, work hours in the United States have increased far beyond those of the 1960's. In fact, the United States now has become number one in the world. We have surpassed Japan. We have the longest work hours and least vacation time of any country on earth.

We are a sleep-deprived society and are paying the price.

We are exhausted and stressed--the antithesis of wellness.

Studies have linked chronic sleep deprivation with decreased life expectancies and serious illnesses.

--Sales of antidepressants have escalated dramatically in conjunction with our efforts to "cope with our blessings." One is reminded of Huxley's Brave New World--which in some respects appears to have prevailed over Orwell's 1984 as the predictor of "the shape of things to come".

Physical and emotional exhaustion render the vicissitudes of life overwhelming, in which case depression can become more realistic than pathologic.

To believe that pills are the ultimate solution, and that they will permit us to cope with legitimate stresses and lack of sleep defies common sense.


--Sleep deprivation makes many sleep disorders worse. Our "national sleep debt" and our escalating prevalence of obesity (a major cause of breathing failure in sleep) explain why serious sleep disorders have become an increasingly major health threat.

If sheer economic demands force us to get less sleep, we had better "do it right".

--We must recognize that sleep related illnesses are not only widespread, but insidious.

Despite their dangers, they are frequently overlooked: both by afflicted individuals and by their physicians.

Doctors typically examine patients when they are awake...and many sleep-related illnesses do not become evident until the patient sleeps.


--There are solutions...and things that you can do about this escalating health problem: whether for your own health or that of others close to you.

Knowledge is power, and help is available.

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COLUMBUS COMMUNITY HEALTH
REGIONAL SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Robert W. Clark, M.D., Medical Director
1430 South High Street, Columbus OH 43207

Tel: [614] 443-7800
Fax: [614] 443-6960

e-mail: flamenco@netexp.net 

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