They say Silicon Valley is fueled by Red Bull, pizza and sleepless nights. Young entrepreneurs and software engineers often work 60 hours or more, determined to grab the brass ring – stock options or a successful startup.
“ ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead.’ That’s the most common thing I hear from people,” says sleep specialist Ross Liebman, M.D., a neurologist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Sleep Center. Or ‘I’ll try to make up my sleep on the weekend.’ ”
The truth? “There’s only so much sleep you can catch up,” Dr. Liebman says. “If you’re working five days a week and trying to catch up on two days a week, the math just isn’t there.”
Whether in Silicon Valley or beyond, an estimated 30 percent of American workers don’t get the 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night that research shows our brains and bodies need to function well. While some of these people work night shifts, such as nurses or firefighters, Dr. Liebman says many people don’t get enough sleep because they don’t think it really matters. Read More about Sleepless in Silicon Valley
Is counting sheep to drift off to sleep not working for you? If that’s so – you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of the U.S. population state that they occasionally don’t get enough sleep, while nearly 10 percent experience chronic insomnia. Insomnia is a medical condition that keeps you from falling asleep, staying asleep or both. While “adequate sleep” varies from person to person, most adults need about seven to eight hours. Nearly everyone experiences insomnia at some point in their lives.
Most people can reduce their number of sleepless nights by changing a few daily habits. To get more Zs, try the following these tips from Palo Alto Medical Foundation sleep specialist Manpreet S. Sanghari, M.D.: Read More about Your Checklist for a Better Night’s Sleep
Insomnia, in simple terms, is a condition that involves difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep or both. Although adequate amount of sleep varies from person to person, most adults need about seven to eight hours. Most adults have experienced insomnia at some point in their life.
The following simple remedies focused on changing some daily habits can help reduce sleepless nights: Read More about Sleepless Nights? Simple Remedies That Can Help
“I became an ear, nose and throat specialist because I wanted to take care of people of all ages, from infants to people a century old,” says Dr. Gersten.
As an ENT specialist, Dr. Gersten treats a variety of conditions, from sleep disorders to sinusitis. He values all the medical and surgical options he can use to treat his patients, depending on their desires and what is most appropriate for their condition. “One of the most rewarding things for me about being a doctor is the friendships that I develop,” says Dr. Gersten, “and having the opportunity to meet my patients’ kids, and their kids’ kids.”
Dr. Gersten practices out of PAMF’s Fremont and Dublin Centers. Learn more about him in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.
On May 16, PAMF opened a new Sleep Disorders Center in Fremont to provide our East Bay patients with convenient access to the care they need to treat their sleep disorders and improve their health.
“More than 5 percent of the population suffers from sleep disorders that can significantly affect a person’s long-term health if they are not treated,” says Kevin Gersten, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the new Fremont Sleep Center and board certified sleep medicine and ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. “My dual certification allows me to provide comprehensive care, including behavioral, medical and surgical treatments for our East Bay patients with sleep disorders without the need for multiple referrals.” Read More about New PAMF Sleep Center Opens in Fremont
Research has shown that not getting enough sleep can have a negative effect on your health. Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain over time, and it may be a factor in developing high blood pressure. Poor sleep can also impair thinking, reaction time and mood. Your individual sleep needs may vary, but most people require between seven and eight hours of sleep every night.