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. Continue reading “Looking for a good night’s sleep”