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Can Sleep Impact Heart Health?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on February 22, 2017

You have probably heard that not getting enough quality sleep can impact your day to day performance, but did you know that inadequate or disturbed sleep can also negatively impact your heart health? As Americans increasingly cut back on sleep in favor of social, leisure, or work-related activities, the relation of sleep disorders to cardiac disease is becoming clearer. Sleep disorders have emerged as being related to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Tags: cardiac, heart, sleep

How Can I Help My Child to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep?

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on December 20, 2016

Overall, studies indicate that 15 to 20 percent of one to three year olds continue to have nightwakings. Inappropriate sleep associations are the primary cause of frequent nightwakings. Sleep associations are those conditions that are habitually present at the time of sleep onset and in the presence of which the infant or child has learned to fall asleep. These same conditions are then required in order for the infant or child to fall back to sleep following periodic normal nighttime arousals. 
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Sleep Medicine Specialist Urges: Don’t Ignore The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 22, 2016

The recent catastrophic NJ Transit train accident in Hoboken highlights one of the perils of undiagnosed sleep apnea – the threat to transportation safety.  As in several other recent calamitous accidents, the engineer fell asleep at the wheel due to a medical condition that causes sleepiness, and the presence of which he was not aware.  When an individual operates a vehicle of public transportation, whether it be a train, a bus or a plane, many lives are in their hands.  Anytime the operator of one of these modes of transportation becomes drowsy, or worse, falls asleep at the controls, many lives are immediately placed in jeopardy.  This is why these safety-critical personnel should be screened and monitored for their fitness for their work, including identifying the presence of sleep disorders.   In fact, the Federal Railroad Administration is expected to issue a safety advisory this week stressing the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment.
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Should Infants Sleep In Their Parents Bedrooms? Tips to Prevent SIDS

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director of Valley’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on November 14, 2016

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a recommendation that infants sleep in their parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed — but on a separate surface designed for infants — for at least 6 months, and preferably up to 1 year of age. Such a sleeping arrangement decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent, according to the AAP.
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Get Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 1, 2016

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, which means setting our clocks back an hour and — for many of us — enjoying an extra hour of sleep. Thanks to that extra hour, "falling back" isn't as disruptive to our bodies as "springing forward." Our circadian rhythms, or our bodies' natural biologic clocks, can usually adjust quickly to the additional hour. Because the biologic clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, it is usually much easier to sleep an hour later than to get up an hour earlier.  
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Tags: daylight, sleep

The Importance of Sleep in Children and Teens

by Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on August 16, 2016

Are your children getting enough sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep for children can vary quite a bit depending on the age of the child.
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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need and What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine

Posted on March 1, 2016

Every March, we are all faced with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time and its impact on our circadian rhythms, i.e. our sleep-wake pattern.  The 1 hour shift in time can even temporarily disrupt our ability to fall asleep at night and to wake up in the morning.  We not only lose an hour of sleep, but the time change disrupts the body’s biological clock and circadian rhythm.  The effect is the same as jetlag in plane travel, in which our bodies remain on the prior schedule for a period of time.  
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Get Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine

Posted on October 28, 2015

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, which means setting our clocks back an hour and — for many of us — enjoying an extra hour of sleep. Thanks to that extra hour, "falling back" isn't nearly as disruptive to our bodies as "springing forward." Our circadian rhythms, or our bodies' natural biologic clocks, can usually adjust quickly to the additional hour. Because the biologic clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, it is usually much easier to sleep an hour later than to get up an hour earlier. 
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Tags: sleep

Keep Electronics out of the Bedroom to Promote Healthy Sleep for Children

by Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Posted on August 4, 2015

As you prepare your children for the start of a new school year, make sure you put “get enough sleep” on their back-to-school lists. One way to do this is to cut back on their screen time before bedtime.
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Losing Sleep Over Daylight Saving Time?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine

Posted on March 1, 2015

This month, you may find you feel a little more tired than usual as you adjust to the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.
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Tags: sleep
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