Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 The Year in Sleep #6-10

The year 2010 brought plenty of memorable moments in pop culture. Two films about sleep & dreaming opened #1 at the box office. A former Oprah medical expert saw his daytime television hit renewed for a second season, after drawing an audience with relatable advice on everyday health issues such as sleep and sleep hygiene. Entries 6-10 in the top 25 stories in sleep mainly relate to sleep in the media and in popular entertainment:

10. Energy Pods Let Google Employees Snooze in Style (June 25)
Few companies can match Google when it comes to employee perks. The tech giant allows workers to sneak in a quick nap in one of their futuristic sleep pods. The energy pod features a large visor with a built-in music player and alarm clock.

9. The Facts on Lavender Soap for Restless Leg Syndrome (July 12)
Talk show host Dr. Oz recommended an unusual remedy for restless leg syndrome – placing a bar of lavender soap beneath the bed sheets. His advice may be off base. So far there is no peer-reviewed evidence supporting the use of lavender soap to alleviate restless leg syndrome.

8. “Ambien Zombies”, Sleepwalking Fears and Facts (April 20)
An uncommon but well-publicized side effect of the sleeping pill Ambien continued to gain notoriety in 2010. Don’t let the headlines fool you. Millions of people regularly take Ambien without ever experiencing bizarre sleepwalking episodes. Always take the drug as directed and never combine it with alcohol.

7. Fighting Freddy Krueger, “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Nightmare Disorder (May 2)
2010’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot brought renewed interest in understanding the nature of nightmares. Like the movie, some people have nightmares every night, and may avoid going to sleep as a result. Nightmare disorder is rare and tends to run in families, and can be treated through cognitive-behavioral therapy.

6. Dr. Oz Wrong on Melatonin Supplements (July 23)
“Melatonin is the most misused sleeping aid in America,” Dr. Oz rightly declared in July. Then he continued to preach how well melatonin works. However, the scientific evidence is mixed. It can help reset your circadian rhythms, but may have little effect on insomnia.

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