An employee at the sleep clinic located on the outskirts of Baltimore with much patience he has put me all these sensors, a process that has taken about 30 minutes. It reminds me a little of what an astronaut might feel to get his spacesuit. Once the process is fully in this web of wires finished, they send me to bed, where I placed even more sensors, including a pulse dosimeter placed on the tip of a finger. Then connect all the wires to a series of outlets in the wall.
For millions of people, manage to have a restful sleep has become practically a dark obsession. In the space of a few generations, we are sleeping, on average, one hour less per night than our ancestors. In 1942, only 11% of people in the United States slept six or fewer hours each night. In 2013, 40% did. Older adults are more vulnerable to sleep disorders especially sleep apnea Obstructive sleep, intermittent breathing problem that causes serious health problems.
So many people seem to be sleeping so little that in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention (CDC) reported the poor state of the dream of the nation with a public health problem according to the latest CDC study, and about 80 million US adults do not get enough sleep. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that 70 million adults suffer from sleep difficulties. In a survey conducted in 2015 on the main health complaints, sleep disorders reached second place. Before we were not among the top five says Timothy Mergenthaler, pulmonologist Mayo Clinic and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (American Academy of Medicine for sleep).
Experts have identified several reasons, including the increasing obesity and unprecedented number of adults taking medications such as antidepressants. But for many, sleepless is something you choose to watch TV spend time on Facebook or occupied front of electronic screens until late at night. According to Nielsen estimates the average adult spends over 11 hours each day to these activities. All these smartphones, tablets and televisions together conspire to rob us sleep through the high intensity light transmitting and confuse our circadian rhythm, which evolved to follow the cycles of natural daylight.