Monday, August 18, 2008

Are you tired?

Do you think you should be tired?

Are you tired of seeing news stories talking about lack of sleep, and how tired Americans are?

I’m yawning just thinking about them.

Every week we’re hit by “Good Morning America” or in USA Today with stories about why we’re too tired, can’t sleep at night, and probably suffer from a debilitating disease that quickly explains our being overweight and our early morning red-eye – all before traffic and weather!

Yet, according to The Wall Street Journal, nonprofit groups funded largely by drug companies help plant stories on topics such as Americans’ lack of sleep and the obesity epidemic.

Groups such as the National Sleep Foundation continue e-mailing faxing press releases and mailing video news releases, which become more influential as media chains continue to cut reporters’ jobs and rely more on those releases.

One member of FMCSA’s Medical Review Board – the group that recommended expensive overnight sleep tests for all CDL holders with body mass indexes of 30 or greater – is an executive committee member and board member of the National Sleep Foundation.

That Medical Review Board member – Dr. Barbara Phillips – herself pushed the argument for lowering the BMI threshold to 30 during the board’s January meeting. You can read more about that by clicking here.

The National Sleep Foundation is funded largely by drug companies, and also receives funds from CPAP manufacturers.

This fact was pointed out in a story I found recently on yahoo news. The story by livescience.com points out that a recent study showed most Americans get eight hours of sleep, which is plenty.

So keep an eye out for just who is being quoted as an expert in news stories affecting your health.

And another thing:

Put down that Red Bull. You don’t need it!