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How do you sleep at night?

Apr 18, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Do you wake up in the morning feeling less than refreshed and struggling to stay awake during the day? The young man in the YouTube video below certainly did. He had a sneaking suspicion that his loud snoring had something to do with it and decided to film himself while he slept.

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where patients have repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat during sleep. The throat vibrates and causes snoring. Sleep apnea remains largely undiagnosed, as apnea events happen during sleep. Unless you have a bed partner who complains to you about your freight train-like snoring, it is difficult to self- identify whether your breathing is interrupted while you’re sleeping.

It can be easily assumed that sleep apnea suffers are mostly overweight men, but in reality, and as the video shows, sleep apnea can affect anyone. The best way to diagnose it, with an overnight sleep study

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Karoshi

Apr 11, 2018 ISS Comments (1)

Japan has a culture of long working hours, in fact, some of the longest working hours in the world. In recent years, there have been multiple high-profile cases of people in Japan working themselves to death, which has pushed this issue into the spotlight.

Karoshi, which can be translated literally as "overwork death", is the word used in Japan to define sudden occupational-related mortality. The primary medical causes of karoshi deaths include heart attack and stroke due to mental and physical stress, as well as starvation.

In 2013, a 31-year-old journalist died of heart failure, after having reportedly worked 159 hours of overtime in one month. In 2014 a 27-year-old trainee at a casting company also died of heart failure, after having worked up to 122.5 hours of overtime month. Both cases were officially attributed to karoshi.

In 2017, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare released a White Paper stating that an agreement had been reached on the maximum hours of overtime work to be set at 45 hours per month and 360 hours per year.

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