Cheating Ourselves of Sleep

June 20, 2013

This recent article in the New York Times summarizes nicely some of the ways that lack of sleep decreases our health and well being. PERSONAL HEALTH: Cheating Ourselves of Sleep Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life. http://nyti.ms/10p6WtT

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Fatigue is the Enemy of Virtue By Craig Schwimmer, MD

June 7, 2013

This fascinating article describes the way that sleep deprivation impacts ethical decision making. People who suffered from even minor amounts of sleep deprivation were more likely to cheat than were people who got more rest. This is another example of how sleep makes our lives better, and of how we suffer when we don’t get [...]

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Keys to a happier, healthier, more productive life By Craig Schwimmer, MD

May 16, 2013

Because snoring and sleep apnea are often associated with weight gain, one of the things I find myself talking with patients about is the need to exercise. So many adults lead sedentary lives and regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But, as this article points out, regular exercise doesn’t have to [...]

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Sleep and Adolescent Obesity By Craig Schwimmer, MD

May 10, 2013

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine looked at the relationship between obesity and sleep duration, and showed that teens who got more sleep had lower rates of obesity. This four year study of 1000 teenagers showed that, particularly for heavier teenagers, more sleep translates into lower body weight. Extrapolating their [...]

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The Magic Formula for Weight Loss By Craig Schwimmer, MD

April 11, 2013

This is a very interesting perspective on the comparative effect of diet versus aggressive surgical management. Seems like there really is a magic formula for weight loss: diet, exercise, and sleep! http://healthcare.dmagazine.com/2013/04/03/utsw-diet-as-effective-as-bariatric-surgery-for-diabetes-patients/#.UWVwMVEci2A.email

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Spring Forward…UGH!! By Paul Fulmer, MD

March 11, 2013

We all look forward to this time of year.  Trees budding, flowers blooming and the weather changing from the grey of winter to the bright colors of SPRING! As much as I love the change of the seasons, the one thing I don’t like is “loosing an hour of sleep!”  I know we get more [...]

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Sleep Insufficiency is a Public Health Epidemic! By Craig Schwimmer, MD

February 22, 2013

 I spend a lot of time talking with patients about the importance of sleep. Sleep is a basic human need, and is essential to our health and well being. We know that Americans are alarmingly sleep deprived, and that this sleep deprivation takes a toll, not only as individuals, but also as a threat to [...]

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Obese Drivers Are More Likely To Die In Car Crashes By Craig Schwimmer, MD

January 31, 2013

A recent study shows that obese drivers are more likely to die in car crashes than non-obese drivers. The reason(s) for this are unclear at this time, but this article discusses several possible explanations.  Including vehicle design and the underlying poorer health of the obese. I suspect that another factor may be at play: sleep [...]

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Are you suffering with Cedar Fever? By Paul Fulmer, MD

January 17, 2013

The term “cedar fever” usually refers to symptoms caused by Mountain cedar allergy. Symptoms are the same as hay fever, including sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, nasal congestion and a runny nose. With both cedar fever and hay fever, a person will not actually have a fever. Mountain cedar is a type of juniper tree [...]

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Are Energy Drinks Safe? By Paul Fulmer, MD

November 19, 2012

Are you one of the millions of people who can’t make it through the day without a jolt of caffeine?  For decades people have started their day with coffee.  Many a college student has pulled an “all-nighter” with a pot of coffee near by.  Today, instead of drinking all those cups of coffee, many now [...]

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