CDC poll ranks Oklahoma
country's 4th sleepiest state
Q: A recent poll conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks Oklahoma the fourth sleepiest state in the country. Is lack of sleep a big problem nationally?
A: It's a huge problem. About 30 percent of Americans report having difficulty falling or staying asleep, while some 10 percent have chronic insomnia. According to the CDC poll, 14.3 percent of Oklahoma adults report they're not getting enough sleep. West Virginia leads the country at 19.3 percent, followed by Tennessee at 14.8 percent and Kentucky, 14.4 percent. Insufficient sleep can result in moodiness, irritability and increased risk for auto and workplace accidents.
Q: What is the Lynn Health Science Institute Sleep Lab?
A: We're an independent, nonprofit facility located at NW 58 and Portland Avenue. We conduct standard sleep studies ordered by physicians, and research studies investigating sleep disorders. Many of our research studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies working to discover new or better medications to improve sleep. From those funds, we have a visiting fellow who is conducting studies on the link between obesity and sleep and other medical research activities.
Q: What studies do you do, and how does someone enroll?
A: We conduct clinical trials on various sleep disorders including insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep apnea. To enroll, call (405) 602-3939 and indicate the disorder you have. If you're a good candidate for a current study, you'll be contacted within a few days for possible enrollment.
Q: How can we get better sleep?
A: Try to go to bed and get up about the same times every day, eat well and avoid late-night meals, exercise regularly and finally, maintain a cool, dark and quiet bedroom without distractions such as television or work projects.
PAULA BURKES, Business Writer