Sleep Deprivation

This image, I found the other day,  is a great summary of the effects from sleep deprivation:  

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AAA Drowsy Driving Numbers Signal Large Problem

AAA has confirmed the effects of sleep deprivation. Here’s an article for your consideration:The AAA Foundation for Public Safety’s long-awaited report on the effects of drowsy driving concluded that as much as 21% of crashes (from 2009-2013) in which a person was killed, likely involved a drowsy driver. “If these proportions are applied to all reported crashes nationwide, results suggest that an average of 328,000 crashes annually, including 109,000 crashes that result in injuries and 6,400 fatal crashes, involve a drowsy driver,” wrote AAA analysts in a report released this week. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 1.4% of all motor vehicle crashes in the United States, 2.2% of those that resulted in injuries, and 2.5% of all fatal crashes in years 2005-2009, involved a drowsy driver, and those crashes resulted in a total of 5,021 deaths over those years. “However, the official government statistics are widely regarded as a substantial underestimates of the true magnitude of the problem,” writes AAA. “This study estimates that as many as 6% of all crashes in which a passenger vehicle is towed from the scene, 7% of crashes that result in any injuries, 13% of crashes that result in sever injuries requiring hospitalization, and 21% of fatal crashes involve a drowsy...

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Standards for Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation

Dr.Pick’s dental facility has been recognized as one of only 30 dental sleep facilities in the United States certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Once again this certification is another example of Dr. Pick’s desire to provide quality dental sleep oral appliance services to his sleep apnea patients. Dental sleep medicine facilities that seek to earn accreditation through the AADSM must meet the quality measures outlined in the Standards for Accreditation of Dental Sleep Medicine Facilities. These standards were created in order to ensure that accredited facilities demonstrate proficiency, practice, and professionalism in the treatment of patients with sleep apnea and sleep-related breathing disorders. Through adherence to these Standards, accredited facilities demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the knowledge, experience and ability of dental sleep medicine facilities to manage ongoing care for patients: Proficiency Accredited facilities must adhere to the Standards for the appointment, responsibilities and continuing education of staff including a dental director, clinical auxiliaries and coding and billing personnel. Practice Policies and procedures regarding the acceptance of patients, documentation, patient treatment and billing at an accredited facility must be developed and followed in order to meet the Standards for accreditation. Professionalism Adherence to Standards regarding safety, consumer service and follow-up must be met to ensure that patients receive optimal care at an accredited...

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AACP 29th Annual International Clinical Symposium

Dr. Pick attended this meeting and received two academic and clinical certifications. Dr. Pick joined a group of very select sleep dentists by adding certification from the American Board of Craniofacial Pain. He was named a Diplomate of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, a relatively new certification that recognizes the connection between the jaw position and the openness of the airway. This position also is critical in determining any underlying jaw joint functional issues. Also, Dr. Pick was recognized for his efforts in attaining Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain in May of 2013. This meeting’s graduation ceremonies for both Diplomates were academic and clinical goals that were years in progress and preparation. Dr. Pick’s certifications involved hundreds of hours of continuing education hours pertaining to sleep medicine, craniofacial pain, and TMJ treatments. Written exams, oral exam presentations, and case studies were the requirements for these particular certifications. These difficult Diplomate accomplishments are truly a recognition of Dr. Pick’s quest in providing the best diagnostic and treatment services for his...

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Army Surgeon General Reiterates Importance of Proper Sleep

Here’s an interesting article that expresses the deep concern for sleep deprivation and its ramifications on anyone’s workplace activities. Alcohol or poor sleep? For the military, it just may be a game of “pick your poison” after the Army Surgeon General essentially declared that sleepy soldiers were just as impaired as drunk soldiers. “When we’re talking about cognitive dominance [by our soldiers] you absolutely have to focus on ensuring a healthy brain, ensuring that [they] have that mental agility,” Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho said Wednesday during a presentation entitled The Human Dimension at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington, DC. Reporter Bryant Jordan in Military.com writes that part of maintaining a healthy brain is ensuring soldiers get enough sleep. The Army has understood the importance of sleep, but Horoho said this has often been disregarded by unit leaders who believe “that we’re being effective when we’re sleep deprived “If you have less than six hours of sleep for six days in a row you have a cognitive impairment of 20 percent – that you are cognitively impaired as if you had a.08 percent alcohol level,” she said. “We never will allow a soldier in our formation with a .08 percent alcohol level, but we allow it every day to make those complex decisions.” Horoho said Army researchers and scientists are looking at ways to keep the brain healthy. This includes training in techniques to reduce stress levels and even in the development of rations intended to fuel body and brain. “I really believe this is the new frontier. I think its unknown how powerful our Army can be if we start out with a healthy brain, and take the best from industry, academia and from our Army and training. I think that’s the power we’re going to really see optimizing...

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