SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

August 8, 2015


In this post, want to address SLEEP, something we all know how to do and take for granted.  So it isn’t unusual that we never give this a thought. . .unless we are having some kind of problem.  Sometimes it is depression, irritability, fogy brain, sadness,  finally becoming so stressed that even insomnia forbids the comfort of normal sleep.  Still, most would be unaware and not connect the dots.  As “experienced” [shall we say] as I am,  must confess this is kind of new to me and consequently, I have broken all the rules  here as I pleased over a lifetime.   Have screwed up my circadian clock and have been having a time trying to re-establish a normal rhythm not too successfully.   My son keeps scolding me about this, maybe I just really never ‘got it’ fully. My brain always needs to understand to accept and agree with new or weird concepts..  I get it now.  

First, over the past few days, I watched a National Geographic TV-movie on SLEEP which seems to be sorta ‘hot-off-the-presses’ which Dr Mercola sent over and is presented first.  Rather long, but the subject is vital and profound.  What struck me is how little was actually KNOWN about the damage we can do to ourselves – unknowingly.  And how we are allowing our children in school to become hurt or impaired by lack of sleep.  Then, when today’s newspaper had a similar article discussing the hours our school kids (especially high school kids), are being required to adhere to or be left behind, I decided to show you this too (after the movie). .  .  .  a simple thing like sleep!  I have now learned how to correct my circadian clock issue with the help I received here and I might add that advice is also given about correcting insomnia  (meds are a poor solution and only temporary at best), so this is a wonderful plus.    Hope this will help to enrich your life,  Jan


14-Year Study Reveals Top Heart Attack Predictor

And if you fall into this category, it could double your risk of a heart attack. What’s more, it’s also linked to pain, cancer, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s. Please don’t skimp on this…


CDC: Many schools start too early

By Emma Brown                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THE WASHINGTON POST  

Five out of every 6 middle schools and high schools nationwide start classes earlier than 8:30 a.m., making it difficult for teens to get the sleep they need to be healthy, according to a report published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools start later than 8:30 a.m. to help teens avoid becoming chronically sleep-deprived and exhausted. Adolescents need between 8.5 hours and 9.5 hours of sleep each night, but their natural sleep rhythms make it hard for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m., according to the academy.Research has shown that teens who get too little sleep are more likely to be overweight or depressed, and they are more likely to perform poorly in school and to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.The CDC, in its new report, calls insufficient sleep among the nation’s teenagers a “substantial public health concern,” and says that while parents can help by teaching their children good sleep habits (no cellphones in the bedroom, for example), it is important for schools to do their part by ensuring that class doesn’t start too early.“Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” said Anne Wheaton, a CDC epidemiologist and the report’s lead author. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.”

Researchers reviewed start times for the 2011-12 school year at a sample of nearly 40,000 middle schools and high schools. Their findings illuminate how many young people begin their days very early. The average start time nationwide was 8:03 a.m., but there were wide variations across the country:

The state with the latest average start time was Alaska, at 8:33 a.m. The earliest was Louisiana at 7:40 a.m. (Louisiana also had the highest proportion of schools starting before 7:30 a.m., at 30 percent.)

No schools in Hawaii, Mississippi, and Wyoming started at 8:30 a.m. or later, while more than three-quarters of schools in Alaska and North Dakota started at 8:30 a.m. or later.

  • In 42 states, more than three-quarters of schools started before 8:30 a.m.  The average start time in Ohio was 7:52 a.m.

Two-thirds of teens say they get less than eight hours of sleep per night, according to the CDC’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance.

Research on the importance of sleep has pushed parents in many communities to press for later school start times. But they often face resistance, not only because changing start times (and therefore school bus schedules) can create logistical difficulties and expense, but also because of concerns that starting later means less time in the afternoon for teens to work a part-time job or participate in extracurricular activities.


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