The Center for Disease Control and Prevention calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic and is increasingly recognized as an important health problem. They estimate that 50-70 million US adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea play an important role for insufficient sleep, but can also be cause by many social factors as well - work schedules, stress, anxiety, etc. Because of the concerns about sleepless nights, CDC's is keeping better track of sleep-related behaviors.
People with insufficient sleep issues have no trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, however, the sleep they do receive does not refresh their bodies or minds. It is estimated that 40-percent of all people in the US suffer from insufficient sleep - this can contribute to serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. It can also cause concern while driving or accidents at work, as evidenced by the meltdown at Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and even the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island - all a result of insufficient sleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that lack of sleep has caused 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the US.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends that school-age children get at least 10 hours of sleep each night, teens need 9-10 hours, and adults need 7-8 hours, although studies show that none of these groups gets the amount of sleep they require. A few pointers from the CDC to help you sleep better...Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning - Avoid large meals before bedtime - and Avoid nicotine.
SleepRate has introduced a new treatment for people suffering from insufficient sleep. Their SleepRate plan includes educational material about the importance of sleep and then monitors the person's goals. It can offer help to those that are suffering from insomnia and Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS). They now offer an Android app and Uli Gal-Oz, CEO of SleepRate says, "The introduction of support for Android and insufficient sleep opens up the possibilities for sleep improvement for millions more people. The release today rounds out our suite of services to help the maximum number of people get the rest they deserve. We're working hard to bring even more options to our offering to help with every combination of sleep issues."
Android devices must run KitKat or higher to work with the Sleep Improvement Kit. It runs $99.99 and comes with the following: Unlimited Sleep Monitoring and Sleep Analytics - A Sleep Assessment - Detection of sleep disruptions and snoring that occur with various sleep disorders - Sleep Improvement Plan - A Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor - And a smart alarm, to help people wake up at the right time in their sleep cycle to optimize how they feel when they wake up.
SleepRate uses a smartphone and a wireless heart rate monitor to accurately assess sleep issues. The supplied heart rate sensor transmits the collected data to the SleepRate app running on your smartphone. This allows you to monitor your sleep analytics and analyze your sleep data to access the quality of your sleep. Rather than track body movements, that can be inaccurate for someone that lies quietly, but is wide awake, SleepRate uses patented, sophisticated mathematical analysis of your heart rate - it can track how long it takes you to fall asleep, how many times you wake up and how long your stages of sleep are throughout the night.
The app uses your smartphone's microphone to detect sounds that may disrupt your sleep, as well as snoring. The app keeps track of whether the noises woke you up or not and allows you to listen to the sounds to determine what is causing them. Every morning you will get a detailed sleep analysis report: total sleep time - sleep stages - the number and lengths of awakenings - graphs of snoring events - and heart rate and stress levels.
After the SleepRate app tracks your sleep, then it will give you your sleep assessment after six nights of monitoring. It will look at Psycho-Physiological issues, Environmental issues, heavy snoring, and short awakenings. Then based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) protocols exclusively licensed from Stanford University, the SleepRate plan will take you through a series of steps to help you sleep better naturally.
Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you have trouble sleeping at night and if you decide to give SleepRate a try, please let us know what you think of it...as always, we would love to hear from you.