There’s good news for people who suffer from both obstructive sleep apnea and a common type of irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AF). According to newly published meta-analysis, patients have far fewer recurrences of AF when they use positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy to treat their sleep apnea.
Mitigating workplace risk starts by identifying the root cause of that risk. The human factor of fatigue is one of the most basic, yet under-appreciated causes for risk. Please join us for a free Willis client webinar on “Solving the Hidden Risks of Workforce Fatigue” on June 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
It’s no secret that most people do not get enough sleep. What may be surprising though, is the effect light and darkness could be having on the sleep and wake patterns of you and your employees.
Our bodies use light and darkness to cue physiological processes in coordination with an internal 24 hour circadian rhythm system. Improper timing of light exposure and darkness can disrupt the signaling needed to activate neural systems and hormones that control basic biological functions such as energy balance, DNA repair, protein production, as well as sleep and body temperature. These disruptions can lead to chronic medical conditions including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even cancer.
FusionHealth was recently featured in a Transport Topics article, New Technology Aids Driver Health, Safety. The article focused on the key advances in technology to combat driver fatigue and reduce risk while improving health and safety.
Sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), shift work disorder and insomnia affect millions of Americans each year, and new research shows that sleep disorders are especially prevalent, and often undiagnosed, among firefighters.
People who suffer from sleep apnea and heavy snoring may be more prone to cognitive issues earlier than those without sleeping problems. However, a recent study has found getting treatment for sleep problems can delay memory problems. The article cites that sleep apena and heaving snoring affect 53 percent of men and 26 percent of women, but is frequently under-diagnosed. If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your sleep, you may suffer from a sleep disorder. FusionHealth is the leader in diagnosing and treating sleep issues, including sleep apnea, for a variety of populations within companies.
Oil & Gas Monitor (OGM) features FusionHealth Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeffery Durmer, in an article on how the oil and gas industry’s future lies in the well-rested worker.
According to Dr. Durmer, companies routinely invest in production capabilities, but without adequate rest their highly skilled employees function at ineffective or counter-effective levels. Fatigue is not a new subject as there are federal work hour regulations, but sleep has only recently become an important topic within American business. Sleep quality, quantity and timing determine the effectiveness of sleep. It is very important that companies are educated on the importance of identifying sleep issues and disorders. Programs are emerging that manage sleep to promote health, safety, productivity and financial gain.
FusionHealth is the leader in providing sleep health solutions that deliver lasting returns to employees, their families and their companies.
CNN’s Katie Pisa reports that long term damage could result from sleep deprivation. The extent of this damage includes memory problems, errors in decision-making, decreased creative thought and difficulty regulating emotions. Furthermore, IQ can drop by five to eight points, and one night’s worth of missed sleep can equate to an IQ drop of one standard deviation.
Sleep expert Jessica Payne from the Sleep Stress and Memory Lab at the University of Notre Dame suggests taking power naps to make up for the occasional hour of missed sleep. If you’re getting the quantity of sleep you need each week but are still feeling groggy, be sure to get evaluated for a sleep disorder which could be diminishing your sleep quality.
FusionHealth is the leader in providing sleep health solutions that enable healthier associates and improve your company’s bottom line.
According to San Antonio’s KSAT ABC 12, sleep apnea in children can result in behavioral and health problems such as hyperactivity, aggression, difficulty in completing tasks, and inability to stay awake. As a result of these symptoms, children with sleep apnea may be misdiagnosed with ADHD. Children that have poor sleeping routines and behavioral problems may benefit from sleep therapy programs. FusionHealth can connect you with the help your family needs to get a good night’s rest.
According to an article from The Huffington Post, high blood pressure may be a result of poor sleep quality. A Mayo Clinic study revealed that when individuals experienced extended periods of limited sleep, they also had significantly higher blood pressure at night. Researchers also commented that high blood pressure at night is a serious risk factor for heart disease. FusionHealth aims to improve sleep to better overall health and lower risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.