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The Checkup Archive: Stress

Wake up! It's sleep awareness week.

New data released by the CDC to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week -- which begins today -- paint a less-than-ideal picture of Americans' relationship with sleep. More than 35 percent of nearly 74,571 people surveyed in 2009 reported getting less than 7 hours' sleep a night. (We're supposed to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily; children need 10 or 11 hours.) Almost 38 percent admitted to having unintentionally dozed off during the daytime during the 30 days before the survey. Worse yet: Nearly 5 percent of those surveyed had done so while driving.

By Jennifer Huget  | March 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, General Health, Sleep, Stress  
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Stress in America

The American Psychological Association conducted an online survey of 1,134 adults ages 18 and older from Aug. 3 to Aug. 27, including 100 adults who were parents of children ages 8 to 17. In addition to the national sample, the association surveyed another 937 adult parents. The report also includes the results of another online survey from Aug. 19 to Aug. 24 of 1,136 young people ages 8 to 17. The survey found that a majority of Americans are living with "moderate" stress, which is a stress level of four to seven on a scale of one to 10. Although that's about the same level of stress as the survey found last year, fewer adults reported being satisfied with how their employer helps employees balance work and non-work.

By Rob Stein  | November 9, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Psychology, Stress  
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Steven Slater and workplace stress

To his admirers, Steven "take this job and shove it" Slater is a modern-day hero, an everyman who channeled the collective frustration of working people everywhere and did something decisive about it. But not all of us are in a position to abruptly exit our jobs via emergency chute, beer...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | August 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Stress, Workplace health  
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Is moving a lot bad for kids?

Lots of studies show that kids who move a lot tend to have more problems in school and other types of behavioral difficulties. But do those problems last into adulthood? A new study indicates that they do. Shigehiro Oishi of the University of Virginia and colleagues studied 7,108 U.S. adults...

By Rob Stein  | June 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  General Health, Mental Health, Motherhood, Stress  
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Does caffeine really wake you up?

Does that cup of coffee, latte or cappuccino that you drink every morning really wake you up? Well, a new study has some surprising findings about what caffeine really does to you. Peter Rogers of the University of Bristol in England and his colleagues studied 379 volunteers, about half of...

By Rob Stein  | June 2, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Psychology, Stress  
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For youthful appearance, snake oil or sex?

When I interviewed Michael Aziz for this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about whether lack of sleep leads to obesity, he mentioned that having sex can help you sleep better. That better sleep might in turn help regulate key hormones that govern your weight, arming you against obesity....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | April 6, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Obesity, Sex, Sleep, Stress  
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