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Treating Sleep Apnea Shown to Reduce Car Accident Risk by 70%

March 17, 2015

Millions of Americans suffer from the sleep breathing disorder, sleep apnea.  This disorder is characterized by snoring and breathing pauses during sleep.  Untreated, it can also lead to serious health side effects, including increased blood pressure, risk of stroke and Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown sleep apnea more than doubles car accident risk, but the good news is that there are treatments for sleep apnea.

In a study conducted at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, researchers found that treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP therapy reduced motor vehicle accident risk by 70%. FusionHealth has worked with a variety of populations within organizations to help treat sleep apnea and thus decrease accident risk and improve health and productivity.

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FusionHealth’s Dr. Durmer Talks about Technology and Drowsy Driving

March 10, 2015

Sleep Review’s Sree Roy says that current technology to prevent drowsy driving should focus on predicting the issue rather than compensating for it.  FusionHealth’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, MD, PhD comments that technology such as backup cameras and radar detection systems are helpful in prevention, but only to an extent. He explains that technology which detects individuals at risk for drowsy driving will be more effective. Some of these risk factors for drowsy driving include untreated sleep disorders and quantity of sleep before getting behind the wheel.

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While You’re Asleep, Your Body is at Work

March 5, 2015

Some brush off sleep as unimportant or unproductive when it is actually just the opposite. An infographic from The Huffington Post provides insight on each of the three cycles of sleep, as well as REM sleep, and why they are essential to feeling well-rested and maintaining good health. For some people, sleep disorders can disrupt these cycles, resulting in consistent daytime fatigue. FusionHealth can help make sure you’re reaping the benefits of sleep at night so you’re ready to embrace the day by morning.

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Patient Advocacy Groups Demand Serious Look at Fatigue

February 23, 2015

The Associated Press reports that patient advocacy groups demand a new name for the disease known as chronic fatigue syndrome, with intentions for the disease to be taken more seriously by healthcare providers. Between 836,000 and 2.5 million Americans suffer from the disorder, consisting of persistent and profound fatigue, worsening fatigue after exertion and unsatisfying sleep despite exhaustion. FusionHealth encourages individuals suffering from chronic poor sleep to seek an evaluation to determine they are suffering from a sleep disorder.

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Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to Focus on Professional Driver Safety

February 19, 2015

According to an article from the Augusta Free Press, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is helping put professional truck drivers first by partnering with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a study on how restart breaks impact performance and fatigue levels. This study will track the performance, road time and sleep of 250 professional drivers over a five-month period via onboard electronic logging devices. In addition to fatigue from extended shifts, drivers can be prone to fatigue-inducing sleep disorders as a result of the on-the-road lifestyle. FusionHealth can help diagnose and treat these disorders without keeping drivers from getting where they need to be.

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American Nurses Association Focus on Reducing Fatigue

February 13, 2015

New recommendations from the American Nurses Association aim to reduce risks related to nurse fatigue. These recommendations include capping shifts to 12 hours or fewer, reducing hours in a work week to 40 hours or fewer, eliminating required overtime and providing sleep rooms or transportation home when nurses are too tired to drive. Studies have shown that fatigue results in errors, risk-taking and declines in short-term memory. When employees are your organization’s most valuable asset, it is essential that they have the quality rest they need to perform at work.  With FusionHealth’s sleep management program, better employee sleep means better outcomes for all.

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National Sleep Foundation Releases Age-specific Sleep Guidelines

February 6, 2015

The National Sleep Foundation released guidelines on how much sleep an individual needs based on his or her age group. As reported by Fast Company, these guidelines are the first of its kind – no other organization has released official age-specific sleep recommendations before based on a scientific literature review. Newborns (0 to 3 months) need the most sleep at 14 to 17 hours, while older adults (65+) require the least at 7 to 8 hours. If you are meeting these recommendations each night but still feel tired during the day, you could benefit from a sleep evaluation – FusionHealth can help.

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FusionHealth’s Take on Getting Better Sleep

February 5, 2015

ExpertBeacon features FusionHealth Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeffery Durmer, in an article on how to recognize health problems caused by sleep deprivation and how to stop those issues in its tracks. According to Dr. Durmer, the average American sleeps only slightly more than six hours per night – around an hour and a half shy of the eight hours recommended. In this article, Dr. Durmer discusses a number of do’s and don’t’s when it comes to the best and worst practices for sleep health.

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Tennessee Helps Truckers Find Resting Spots with App

February 4, 2015

Times Free Press reports that the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have worked together on a project to create an app that helps truckers find parking space along the interstate to rest in real time. This app, called SmartPark, is aimed to reduce driver fatigue and improve quality of driving time. According to FusionHealth’s Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, reducing the threat of fatigue means drivers are safer and more productive – resulting in lower costs for employers.

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Health Workforce: Lowering Costs, Improving Safety, Health and Productivity

January 28, 2015

In an infographic, Business Pulse demonstrates how promoting safe and healthy business practices can increase profitability and productivity. According to the data:

  • Presenteeism accounts for nearly two-thirds of the total costs of worker illness
  • Inadequate sleep leads to worker errors, low productivity and safety incidents which affects business profitability.
  • The economic burden of work-related injury is equivalent to 4 percent of the world gross domestic product.

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