Saturday, June 17, 2017

17 June 17 - 1319 EDT


"Sleep deprivation is a continuing ailment of mankind."

Forrest Caricofe

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**Yesterday. I posted my story (blog) of the day and published a video and then went

outdoors to plant the rest of the plants, spray weed killer, pull/dig weeds and to fill the 

large bird feeder in the flower bed in the southeast corner of our property. 

After coming back indoors, showering, shaving and dressing, I drove to the Wooster 

Community Hospital for a lung cancer screening. The machine, a MRI (Magnetic Resonance 

Imaging) is the same machine, I believe, that they used for my lung cancer screening. I 

cannot have a normal MRI because of my implanted defibrillator.

My niece Erin's husband, Shannon, performs these procedures and I believe he hopes that 

my results will be positive for lung cancer. I'm just kidding, I hope? We've certainly had 

our differences of opinions. 

The friendly lung cancer screening technician said the results would be sent to Dr. Kwok 

by this next Monday or Tuesday and then his office will get the results to me. 

After I left, I went Walmart to get groceries and other things for the house which totaled 

about $107. Ryan and I unloaded the groceries after I go back to the house and then I 

went out to water the flower beds. Long day, good night.

**Today. As I stand here typing out my story (blog) of this day on my computer on top of 

my dresser, I'm thinking about what my goals are for today:

1.  Finish this story (blog) and published it.

2.  Publish a postcrossing.

3.  Publish at least 2 videos.

4.  Produce at least 2 videos.

5.  Plant the 4 dwarf Christmas-tree like flowers I purchased at Walmart yesterday.

6.  Sow grass seed.

7.  Spread the 13-13-13 fertilizer on the flower beds and the yard.

8.  The weather for today calls for high and low temperatures of 90° and 71° with mostly 

sunny skies. No rain again for about 5 days in a row and if it doesn't rain like forecasted, 

I'll have to water the plants again today. It calls for rain tomorrow, but if it doesn't, the 

corn and soybeans plants that border the property are going to start drying up.

9.  I need to drive to Orrville to Rite Aid to get my Whooping Cough immunization and to 

purchase gas for the lawn mower at Bell Stores.

I'll have a very good day if I can accomplish all of the latter.


CDCCDC FeaturesData & Statistics.

Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Problem.

"Continued public health surveillance of sleep quality, duration, behaviors, and disorders is 

needed to monitor sleep difficulties and their health impact.

Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency 

linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational 


1.  Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty 

performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous 

outcomes. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from 

chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from 

cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.

1 Sleep insufficiency may be caused by broad scale societal factors such as round-the-clock 

access to technology and work schedules, but sleep disorders such as insomnia or 

obstructive sleep apnea also play an important role.1 An estimated 50-70 million US adults 

have sleep or wakefulness disorder1. Notably, snoring is a major indicator of obstructive 

sleep apnea.

Chart: Self-reported Sleep-related Difficulties Among Adults ≥20 Years, 2005-2006 & 2007


23.2% (49.2 mil) concentrating on things; 

18.2% (38.8 mil) remembering things; 

13.3% (28.2 mil) working on hobbies; 

11.3% (24.0 mil) driving or taking public transportation; 

10.5% (22.3 mil) taking care of financial affairs; 

8.6% (18.3 mil) performing employed or volunteer work.

In recognition of the importance of sleep to the nation's health, CDC surveillance of sleep-

related behaviors has increased in recent years. Additionally, the Institute of Medicine 

encouraged collaboration between CDC and the National Center on Sleep Disorders 

Research to support development and expansion of adequate surveillance of the U.S. 

population's sleep patterns and associated outcomes. Two new reports on the prevalence 

of unhealthy sleep behaviors and self-reported sleep-related difficulties among U.S. adults 

provide further evidence that insufficient sleep is an important public health concern.

Sleep-Related Unhealthy Behaviors

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey included a core question 

regarding perceived insufficient rest or sleep in 2008 (included since 1995 on the Health 

Related Quality of Life module) and an optional module of four questions on sleep behavior 

in 2009. Data from the 2009 BRFSS Sleep module were used to assess the prevalence of 

unhealthy/sleep behaviors by selected sociodemographic factors and geographic variations 

in 12 states. The analysis[1.1 MB], determined that, among 74,571 adult respondents in 12 

states, 35.3% reported <7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period, 48.0% reported 

snoring, 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the 

preceding month, and 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least 

once in the preceding month. This is the first CDC surveillance report to include estimates 

of drowsy driving and unintentionally falling asleep during the day. The National 

Department of Transportation estimates drowsy driving to be responsible for 1,550 

fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States.

Adults Reporting Selected Sleep Behaviors in 12 States by Characteristics. 

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2009.

Self-reported Sleep-related Difficulties Among Adults

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) introduced the Sleep 

Disorders Questionnaire in 2005 for participants 16 years of age and older. This analysis

[PDF - 1.1MB] was conducted using data from the last two survey cycles (2005–2006 and 

2007–2008) to include 10,896 respondents aged ≥20 years. A short sleep duration was 

found to be more common among adults ages 20–39 years (37.0%) or 40–59 years 

(40.3%) than among adults aged ≥60 years (32.0%), and among non-Hispanic blacks 

(53.0%) compared to non-Hispanic whites (34.5%), Mexican-Americans (35.2%), or those 

of other race/ethnicity (41.7%). Adults who reported sleeping less than the recommended 

7–9 hours per night were more likely to have difficulty performing many daily tasks.

How Much Sleep Do We Need? And How Much Sleep Are We Getting?

How much sleep we need varies between individuals but generally changes as we age. The 

National Institutes of Health suggests that school-age children need at least 10 hours of 

sleep daily, teens need 9-10.5 hours, and adults need 7-8 hours. According to data from the 

National Health Interview Survey, nearly 30% of adults reported an average of ≤6 hours of 

sleep per day in 2005-2007.3 In 2009, only 31% of high school students reported getting 

at least 8 hours of sleep on an average school night. 

Sleep Hygiene Tips

The promotion of good sleep habits and regular sleep is known as sleep hygiene. The 

following sleep hygiene tips can be used to improve sleep.

Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.

Avoid large meals before bedtime.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.

Avoid nicotine.

(Sleep Hygiene Tips adapted from the National Sleep Foundation)


Institute of Medicine. Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health 

Problem. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2006.

US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National 

Center on Sleep Disorders Research, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Drowsy 

driving and automobile crashes [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web Site]. 

Available at: 

Accessed February 10, 2011.

Schoenborn CA, Adams PF. Health behaviors of adults: United States, 2005–2007. National 

Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 10(245). 2010.

CDC. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2009. MMWR 2010;ing 59:SS-5.

More Information

Sleep and sleep disorders at CDC.

**After my heart stopped in February of 1998 (not a heart attack), I had a hard time 

sleeping. I tried every sleep potion or medication known to mankind including the sleep

medication they give to astronauts to help them sleep. Eventually I started to take 1 Xnax

each evening before bed which gave to me 5 hours sleep instead of 4. 

From above:

"Short sleep duration was found to be more common among adults aged ≥60 years 


How much sleep we need varies between individuals but generally changes as we age. The 

National Institutes of Health suggests that .... adults need 7-8 hours." 

I told you about my stay in the hospital which was in the first few months of 2015.

I was diagnosed with being manic and bipolar and they prescribed 2 phystcotic 

medications called Depakote which I call Drop-a-Coat and Seroquel which I call Sarah 

Palin. I'm not manic or bipolar, I'm just too friendly or to put it another way, over 


Now I get at least 6 hours of sleep which is all I need, not the 7-8 hours that's 


So now I go to bed at night singing 'I"m Lying Here with Linda on my Mind.'

"Forrest, that's not right?" "Yes, you're right. Sorry." 'I'm Lying Here with Sarah on my 


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