WASHINGTON — Your lack of sleep not only is affecting your health, but also the health and safety of those around you. Daylight savings time doesn’t make it easier, so the nation’s emergency physicians are warning about the dangers of sleep deprivation.
“Sleep deprivation has been linked to chronic diseases, such as cancer, hypertension and diabetes,” said Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “You may think it’s minor now, but you could be doing serious damage to your body by not resting it properly.”
About 70 million people in the United States suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Here are some statistics about how much sleep we need versus how much sleep we get.
- School-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep daily, according to the National Institutes of Health.
- Teenagers should be getting about 9-10 hours each night.
- On average, only 30 percent of high school students get at least 8 hours on an average school night.
- Adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
- Nearly 30 percent of adults get an average only 6 hours of sleep per day.
Sleep deprivation can be potentially dangerous for other people, especially if you’re driving a vehicle. The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 60 percent of adult drivers say that they’ve driven at some point in the past year while feeling drowsy — some have even nodded off while driving the car. Approximately 11 million drivers have almost had or did have an accident because they either fell asleep at the wheel or were too tired to drive. Oftentimes emergency physicians treat many of these accident victims who were lucky enough to survive.
Additionally, if you share a home or a bedroom with a partner, your lack of sleep could also be affecting his or her sleep pattern.
Sleep hygiene is just as important as getting daily exercise or eating a proper diet. Experts advise people to set a routine and live by it.
- Go to bed at the same time each night and wake at the same time each morning.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.
- Avoid large meals before bed.
- Avoid nicotine.
Make sure your bed is comfortable. If you are waking regularly during the night, you might need to have a sleep study done or you may need to do something to make yourself more comfortable in bed.
Thanks to everyone who attended our fundraiser at Flatbread Company on Tuesday. We had a very successful evening with lots of friendly faces and many new friends! Our 50/50 raffle was a huge sucess–look at the picture of the winning raffle ticket! Whoever you are out there in the world, thanks for being generous! The raffle raised a total of $691.
Meanwhile, our Silent Auction is humming right along. In the week since it started, we have had 4023 page views, 260 bids, and a total of 33 participants. Bidding right now is at $2382 (but I hope it is higher by the time I finish writing this post!). It’s easy and fun to bid–create an account (which requires your name and email address), give yourself a bidding name, and have at it. You will receive email notifications (if you wish) for the status of all your bids, when you have been outbid, and so on.
According to my calculations, there are 197 hours left to bid on the truly fabulous things we have up for sale. While 197 hours seems like a long time, next Sunday, March 1 will be here before you know it. The auction closes at 6 pm on that day. Don’t dilly-dally and miss out on the fun…as they say, bid high and bid often! Thanks so much for your support!
The Flatbread Company Fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, February 17th from 5 pm to 9 pm. The Friends of the PCFC will receive a percentage of every flatbread sold–including takeout! In addition, we will be selling raffle tickets for a 50/50 raffle. There may be other fun things happening during the evening–drop in at Flatbread for dinner and be part of the action!
Along with the Flatbread Company fundraiser, the Friends are hosting an online Silent Auction. The auction will begin on Sunday February 15th at 6 am and run until Sunday March 1st at 6 pm. Local businesses and friends have been very generous with donations and we have some amazing items up for bid, including an Amazon Echo, handmade fur headwrap with a vintage pin, a day of golf at Nonesuch Golf Course and more! Visit our auction site, create an account, and begin bidding on February 15th! Spread the word to family and friends–let’s make this the most successful auction ever!
- Flatbread Company Fundraiser
- Tuesday, February 17th, 5 pm to 9 pm
- 72 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
- FMI: 207-415-1590
- Online Silent Auction
- Sunday February 15th until Sunday March 1st at 6 pm
- Gift cards, collectibles, weekend getaways and more!
- FMI: 207-415-1590
We reached our goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated! Even though the Year End Appeal is coming to a close, we always welcome donations as the need is ongoing. You can donate online with either a one-time gift or a recurring subscription. Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Thank you to our donors! As of January 20, 2015, the following people have generously donated to the Friends of the PCFC:
Rob & Betsy Tod
Bob & Judy Walizer
Matthew Hayn, MD
Liesbeth Tryzelaar, MD
Hartley & Benson Webster
John & Jenny Kemps
Rosamond J. Phinney
Rev. Bill & Karen Birthisel
Maria L. Anderson
Cheryl L. Jensen
William D’Angelo, MD
Renee A. Patnaude
Ruby Spicer, RN
Nancy Smith, MSN, RN
Charlotte Perillo, RN
Kristen B. Silvia, MD
Stephen Hayes, MD
Joan F. Tryzelaar, MD
Leslie Nicoll, PhD, RN, FAAN
Regina D’Angelo, MSN, RN
Curtis Winchenbach, MD
Elizabeth Davy, RN
Nina Huntington, MSN, RN
Roland P. Mercier
Yvonne Jumper, BSN, RN
Beth Kilbreth, PhD
John Devlin, MD
Diane Devlin, RN
Joan Leitzer, MD
Karyn Pellow, RN
Gabriel and Sally Weiss
Lee Broder, LCSW
Kathleen Fairfield, MD
Patrick Connolly, MD
Mary Becker, MD
Catherine A. Jakubowitch, MD
Peggy Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Rev. Thomas & Nicky Chittick
Malcolm P. & Susan A. Rogers
Gene & Carla Jendrek
Dr. Bernard & Phyllis Givertz
Mercy Hospital SON Alumni Assoc.
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Lu & Van Tingley, in honor of Dr. Daniel Pierce
Torgrim & Ingunn Joergensen
Susan Lee & Hans Warner
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Brian Jumper, MD
Alice and Dick Spencer
The total includes $477 donated by patients at the Clinic, plus 10 donors who asked to remain anonymous
As the end of 2014 approaches, the Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic are actively engaged in the Year End Appeal to raise $50,000. All money donated to the Friends of the PCFC goes directly to the clinic to support the day-to-day activities of providing high quality healthcare to uninsured residents in the greater Portland area. The campaign is moving forward but we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Please take a minute to make a donation. Every gift is important and appreciated.
You may donate online with a credit card. We are very excited to announce that we have the ability to accept subscription donations! A monthly gift of $25 translates into $300 over the course of a year. This is an easy way to stretch your dollars so the monthly impact is less, but your generosity multiplies for the Friends. Thank you in advance for considering this option.
Of course, one time gifts are also welcome. You may donate securely online with a credit card or if you prefer, you make write a check. Please make all checks payable to the Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic and send to 10A Beach Street, Suite 2, Portland, ME 04101.
During 2014, the Friends was approved by the IRS to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition, we are licensed by the state of Maine to receive charitable donations. All gifts given to the Friends of the PCFC are tax deductible to the the extent allowed by law.
Thank you in advance for your generous contribution to our Year End Appeal. Help us reach our goal of $50,000! If you have questions or need more information, send them directly to the Friends through our contact page. You can also send a message to Friends@pcfcme.com. Either way, we will be in touch.
The members of the Board of Directors send their very best wishes for a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Thank you for recognizing the important work of the Portland Community Free Clinic in our community.
FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 500,000 cases of colon and rectal cancer may have been prevented with cancer screening tests during the last three decades in the United States, experts estimate.
“These numbers represent real patients and families who have been spared the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment,” the study’s senior author, Dr. James Yu, assistant professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine, said in a university news release. “Colorectal cancer screening is one of the major successes in cancer care.”
The screenings, which took place between 1976 and 2009, included three kinds of tests: colonoscopy; a similar test called a sigmoidoscopy; and fecal occult blood tests, in which fecal samples are tested by a laboratory for signs of blood in the stool. As an increasing number of men and women underwent these procedures, colon and rectal cancer rates dropped dramatically, the study revealed.
The study, published in the June 3 online edition of Cancer, used data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Trends Progress Report and its Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database.
The incidence of late-stage cancer fell from 118 cases per 100,000 people older than 50 years of age to 74 cases per 100,000, the researchers found.
Meanwhile, the incidence of early stage cancers dropped from 77 to 67 cases per 100,000 in people older than 50 years, according to the report. At the same time, colon cancer screening rates jumped from nearly 35 percent to 66 percent.
“The [effectiveness] of colorectal cancer screening is important to highlight, especially at a time when there has been a national discussion about screening for other types of cancer,” study co-author Dr. Cary Gross, director of Yale’s Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research Center, said in the news release.
SOURCE: Yale University, news release, June 3, 2014