David Ahn MD is currently finishing his fellowship in Endocrinology
One of the most impressive takeaways of the recently announced Apple Watch was its individuality: a unique interface, brand new input methods, and a whole new ecosystem for innovative third party apps.
I immediately thought of my patients with diabetes who currently carry up to four separate electronic devices in their pockets to manage all their technology: a smartphone, a glucometer, an insulin pump controller, and a continuous glucose monitor receiver.
As diabetes companies are already scrambling to make their next generation of products compatible with the iPhone to eliminate the bulk of extra devices, the Apple Watch could provide glanceable information and eliminate the need to reach into your pocket or purse. With its Taptic engine that can produce a “tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction,” you won’t even have to glance at your wrist.
Healthy sleep duration linked to less sick time from work
Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine
New research suggests that sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night is associated with the lowest risk of absence from work due to sickness. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society and other partners.
Results show that the risk of an extended absence from work due to sickness rose sharply among those who reported sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours per night. Further analysis found that the optimal sleep duration with the lowest risk of sickness absence from work was between 7 and 8 hours per night: 7 hours, 38 minutes for women and 7 hours, 46 minutes for men. Insomnia-related symptoms, early morning awakenings, feeling more tired than others, and using sleeping pills also were consistently associated with a significant increase in workdays lost due to sickness. Continue reading Tell Your Employees to Go to Sleep?→
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