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