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Sunday, September 15, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER FeaturesE-7 How good arc you in bed? A quiz about sleep Putting sleep anxiety to rest living near airports had 45 minutes less sleep and less deep sleep than those living in quieter neighborhoods, according to one study. 5. False. Europeans seem to have a preference for soft mattresses with elevated heads. Americans prefer hard, flat mattresses. There is no evidence that either improves sleep. 6. True. Sleeping with a partner probably helps sex but may actually disturb sleep. If you wouldn't kick her out of bed, you might consider it. 7. True. A moderate to cool room is probably better. A study of people in Chicago showed more sleep interruptions in the miserable Chicago summer than the miserable Chicago winter. 8. False. Although overweight people seem to be sleepier, they have a higher incidence of sleep apnea, a serious condition in which breathing can stop. On the other hand dieting is associated with short and fragmented sleep. 9. False. Drinking has a rebound effect you are initially sleepy and then wake up agitated. Milk seems to improve sleep, but this has not been proven. 10. True. The entire sleep-wake system becomes more disturbed as we grow older. 11. True. Nicotine is a nervous system stimulant and the sleep of smokers improves after they stop. 12. False. While an overactive mind can keep you up, counting sheep may encourage sleep worry. 1 3. True. Reading seems to be especially good. 14. False. Depriving people of REM sleep may actually be useful in treating depression. 15. False. No proof that lack of sleep slows healing. SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE TRUE OR FALSE: 1. Some people sleep better in a strange environment. 2. The older you get the more noise you need to fall asleep. 3. Spending more time in bed will help you sleep. 4. It's easier to sleep near an airport than a noisy refrigerator. 5. The kind of mattress you sleep on can make a big difference in how well you sleep. 6. Sleeping with a partner probably won't help you sleep. 7. Sleeping in a warm room won't help you get to sleep. 8. Overweight people have fewer serious sleep problems. 9. Alcohol is probably better than milk at bedtime. 10. Older people have more sleep problems. 11. Stopping smoking can help you sleep better. 12. Counting sheep helps you get to sleep. 13. Getting out of bed and engaging in some other activity may help you get to sleep sooner. 14. Not getting any REM sleep can lead to hallucinations. 15. If you are sick your illness will get worse if you don't sleep. ANSWERS 1. True. Some insomniacs may actually improve in a new setting. 2. False. Some people fall asleep best when listening to music or watching television, but sensitivity to noise increases with age and is more prevalent in women. 3. False. Curtailing time in bed seems to help. 4. False. Occasional loud noises are more disruptive to sleep than constant noises. People Insomnia fear keeps us awake BY ALICE KAHN San Francisco Chronicle PALO ALTO, Calif. Don't be surprised if five years from now, they pick up poor Pee-wee Herman in a movie theater sleeping. Sleep may be the sex of the '90s. If you are one of the 36 of Americans who believe you have some form of insomnia, you probably think that everybody is getting more than you. And as with sexual disorders, the harder you try, the worse it seems to get. You may have tried everything you could think of. Gotten to bed bright and early. Had a little nightcap to settle your nerves. Turned up the heat in the room. But as the clock ticks on, you begin to wonder if maybe you shouldn't check into your local sleep disorders clinic. There are now more than 140 accredited sleep disorder centers listed by the American Sleep Disorders Association, up from 25 a decade ago. Dr. Mark Chambers, a clinician at the respected Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic (started in 1972, it was the first such clinic in the country), tends to downplay the medical seriousness of insomnia but not the difficulty of treating it. The rumored sleep requirement of eight-hours-or-bust a night has probably caused as much harm as reports of multiple orgasm did 10 years ago. Is it the age of anxiety, anxiety about sleeping or simply the invention of the light bulb that has reduced the nightly sleep average from 9V2 hours in the last century to the seven or so hours today? Chambers defines insomnia as a perceptual disease, resulting from fear that if a person doesn't get "normal" sleep, he will become ill or go crazy. The fear alone can cause exhaustion. We're becoming a nation of in-somnoids. The term was introduced by Kenneth Lichstein in a paper in the Annals of Behavioral Therapy in 1988 to describe those who "satisfy their sleep need, albeit in an inefficient and unpleasant manner, and exhibit no excessive sleepiness the day after disrupted but adequate sleep." This disparity between what people think they need and what they get may stem from a debate over the definition of sleep. Thanks to the modern sleep laboratory, we now know that sleep is a veritable ballet of stages, acts and movements that tell us through brain. waves, eye movements, breathing and muscle tension whether the sleeper is at Stage 1, Stage 2, Delta sleep, REM sleep (rapid eye movement, associated with dreaming) or a few other spots along the way. "People don't always know they're asleep," Chambers says. That early stage of sleep, when the alpha brain waves associated with relaxation start spreading out into the theta waves associated with early Stage 1 sleep and muscle relaxation, is a prime time for confusion. At this stage, people may still hear some sounds and respond to light, which they believe means they aren't asleep. Certain people maintain some mental activity even as they go into deep sleep. "Even after seven or eight hours' sleep," Chambers says, "these people say they were awake all night. It's one of the biggest mysteries in sleep right now." list , tcw,. www. , ir H ir it, isi it a i u mm f,-.t.,.A. The baby name game: Tradition back on top 100 YKARS You could be headed for a heart attack and never know it. But now HeartQuiz can help you learn if you're at risk. Take five minutes today to answer ten simple HeartQuiz questions. We'll do the rest to determine your personal risk factors. Wellness specialists at The Christ Hospital will figure your score and let you know what you can The Christ Hospital .heart to the test do to help prevent a heart attack. HeartQuiz IT'S EREE. Just five minutes today could save you years later. ClSSt Hospital 2139 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 513-369-2400 Changing technology. Unchanging values. added. But others, like Paris and Geneva, are starting to be seen on a few birth certificates. "Those are more cutting-edge kind of names,'' Rosenkrantz said. "It's for parents who go for that little extra." Although they received advice from family and friends, Brian and Jennifer Westbrook of Santa Clari-ta, Calif., picked the name they liked best Tyler for their son who was born Tuesday. "Our friends and family only gave us corny names," Jennifer said, from her hospital room at Kaiser Permanente. "You know soap opera names like Hart, Ridge and Storm. Those are so silly. We wanted something that was simpler." A serious task Naomi Kline, a licensed vocational nurse who works in the maternity ward for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Panorama City, said naming baby is a task parents take seriously. "Most of them have a name BY PAULA MONZAREZ Los Angeles Daily News Remember the names Hannah and George. Eighteen years from now that's what will be appearing on a lot of college applications, according to Linda Rosenkrantz, co-author of ' Beyond Jennifer and Jason: An Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Babies. When it comes to naming their children, today's parents are relying on tradition, Rosenkrantz said. Although Ashley, Jessica and Amanda are still tops, names like Claire, Grace and Katherine are becoming popular again. For the boys, Jason, Andrew and Jeremiah, remain favorites, but James, Edward and William are gaining ground. More adult "The excesses of the 1980s are gone," Rosenkrantz said. "Babies' names are more austere. They are more serious, adult, responsible names. Everything is leveling off and becoming simpler." Rosenkrantz also has seen an increase in last names as first names, like Brady, Brody and Fallon. Among the celebrity set and those who follow their every move, names .of states and cities are becoming favorites, she said. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith named their daughter Dakota, she l,M.!fffW,:J.Zig..A. ..mj3mL Please PRINT clearly to ensure you receive your results promptly! Name . Middle First Last Address . 7. E X E R C I S E How much exercise do you get at work and in your leisure time? (For example, heavy lifting, digging ditches, skiing and swimming are considered intense activity; outdoor house fainting, gardening, golf and walking qualify as moderate activity.) Intense physical labor at work and intense exercise in recreation CI Moderate physical labor at work and moderate exercise in recreation CI Sedentary at work but intense exercise in recreation Sedentary at work with moderate exercise in recreation Sedentary at work with light exercise in recreation Sedentary at work and no exercise in recreation . State . . Zip Code . City. Daytime Telephone ( L . Today's Date . when they come to give birth," she said. "But they are so caught up in the delivery that they often forget it and their own name. "I think we are winding back to Do you participate three or more times a week in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, biking or swimming? YES NO where we started from, she added. "I'm starting to see a lot more biblical names and less of those yuppie names." ILl., IUL I Both Locations For each question, please check the box on the right that most closely describes you. 1. S M O K I N G Never smoked d Now smoke cigar or pipe OR quit smoking cigarettes more than one year ago Now smoke up to 10 cigarettes a day OR quit smoking cigarettes less than one year ago Now smoke between 11 and 20 cigarettes a day Now smoke between 21 and 30 cigarettes a day Now smoke more than 30 cigarettes a day 2. PERSONALITY Would you describe yourself as Always easygoing and calm O Usually easygoing and calm Frequently impatient, a clock-watcher D Compelled to advance in both work and play Extremely ambitious, a slave to time and deadlines Hard-driving, unable to relax 3. A G E 10 to 20 years old , . 21 to 30 years old 31 to 40 years old 41 to 50 years old , CI 51 to 60 years old CI Over 60 years old CD 4. ATTRIBUTES AFFECTING RISK Female under 40 years old . CI Female 40 - 50 years old CI Female over 50 years old CI Male Stocky Male CI Bald, Stocky Male 5. FAMILY HISTORY Have you or any close relatives parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters ever had heart disease, such as heart attack, cardiac arrest or chest pain? No known history CI One relative over age 60 CI Two relatives over age 60 CI One relative under age 60 CI Two relatives under age 60 CI Three relatives under age 60 O 6. W E I G H T H E 1 G H T Please print your weight and height below. Then place a check next to the word that best describes your body frame. Use "medium" if you don't know. Height Weight Body Frame: small medium large Lunch Dinner 11:15 AM to 2:30 PM 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM 8. DIABETES For reasons still unclear, diabetes often can lead to heart problems. Have you or any close relatives parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters ever been diagnosed as having diabetes? No known history in the family CI One relative CI Two relatives CI You have diabetes which began after age 60 You have diabetes which began between ages 20 and 60 You have diabetes which began before age 20 9. CHOLESTEROL 1 you have had your cholesterol tested, enter the level from your most recent test. If not, use "231 to 255." Cholesterol level below 180 CI Cholesterol level of 180 - 205 Cholesterol level of 206 - 230 Cholesterol level of 231 - 255 Cholesterol level of 256 - 280 Cholesterol level of 281 or more 10. BLOOD PRESSURE If you have had your blood pressure tested within the last year, use your systolic reading (the higher of the two values). 1 you don't know your blood pressure, use 140. Less than 120 120 - 130 131 - 140 141-160 161-180 181 and over CI A HEALTHY INTEREST Managing your health ts a lifetime job, and it's never too late to start. 1 you, your spouse or other family member would like more inormation on any of the health areas listed below, simply check those that interest you. Family doctor or specialist (indicate specialty ) Program to stop smoking Personalized exercise consultation Cholesterol and blood pressure screening Seniors program Sports membership program Please clip and mail your completed HeartQui? to: Marketing Department The Christ Hospital 2139 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 1X) The Christ Hospital Reg. -2.00 Rg. $4.25 1.00 $3.25 Prices do not include beverage. They are not valid with any other coupons, discounts, Monday Family Day prices, with party rooms, or kids prices. uuim . x w am. Ltdfisfl PLEASE NOTE: Hi'imQwit is a tool to help you determine your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and to surest ways you can reduce your risk. It canno absolutely predict who will experience heart disensc. Nor is it a substitute fir a personal medical evaluation by a trained physician.

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