Sleep, Coaching, and Research

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Drifting off to Dreamland: FOX28’s Tom Powell puts a sleep app to the test

_The CDC has called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, with as many as 70 million Americans suffering from sleep problems. “We live in a toxic environment for sleep, and people really don’t prioritize sleep,” says Dr. Nathaniel Watson with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He says short sleep is associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even a shorter life. He says apps can be useful tools to help you doze off or learn more about your sleep, but he doesn’t believe they can diagnose sleep illness.

The role of actigraphy in the evaluation of sleep disorders.

This paper, which has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors of the American Sleep Disorders Association, provides the background for the Standards of Practice Committee’s parameters for the practice of sleep medicine in North America. The growing use of activity-based monitoring (actigraphy) in sleep medicine and sleep research has enriched and challenged traditional sleep-monitoring techniques. This review summarizes the empirical data on the validity of actigraphy in assessing sleep-wake patterns and assessing clinical and control groups ranging in age from infancy to elderly.