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Study: Adequate sleep reduces absence from work due to sickness

BY Michael Johnsen

DARIEN, Ill. — New research suggests that sleeping seven to eight hours per night is associated with the lowest risk of absence from work due to sickness, the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project reported Wednesday. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society.

 
Results show that the risk of an extended absence from work due to sickness rose sharply among those who reported sleeping less than six hours or more than nine hours per night. Further analysis found that the optimal sleep duration with the lowest risk of sickness absence from work was between seven and eight hours per night: seven hours, 38 minutes for women and seven hours, 46 minutes for men. Insomnia-related symptoms, early morning awakenings, feeling more tired than others, and using sleeping pills also were consistently associated with a significant increase in workdays lost due to sickness. 
 
“Optimal sleep duration should be promoted, as very long and very short sleep indicate health problems and subsequent sickness absence,” stated principal investigator Tea Lallukka, specialized researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. “Those sleeping five hours or less, or 10 hours or more, were absent from work every year for 4.6 to 8.9 days more, as compared to those with the optimal sleep length.”
 
The study results are published in the September issue of the journal Sleep.
 
“Insufficient sleep – due to inadequate or mistimed sleep – contributes to the risk for several of today’s public health epidemics, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Getting at least seven hours of nightly sleep is a key to overall health, which translates to less sick time away from work,” commented American Academy of Sleep Medicine president Timothy Morgenthaler, a national spokesperson for the Healthy Sleep Project. The “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign was launched earlier this year to increase awareness of the importance of sleep as one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle. 
 
 
 

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Kline Group: 2013 was a growth year for the over-the-counter industry

BY Michael Johnsen

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Kline Group reported positive signs of 2013 growth across the over-the-counter sector in its recently published Nonprescription Drugs USA study, according to a blog posted Monday. Compared to 2012 when the market had flat sales performance, 2013 recorded healthy growth of 3% to reach $23.5 billion at the manufacturers’ level. 
 
Kline credited the strong performance to several analgesic brands, including Excedrin, Tylenol and Motrin IB, as well as several leading nutritional brands like Vitafusion, Centrum and Schiff. 
 
"Another prominent contributor to the solid performance of the U.S. OTC market in 2013 was the approval of the Oxytrol for Women by Merck," wrote Marcela Chifu, Kline Group marketing coordinator. "This notable FDA approval created a new category in OTC, the overactive bladder [and] the horizon looks favorable for increased switch activity and growth," she noted. "Increased marketing activities coming from the majority of OTC brands along with a strong cold and flu season in the first quarter of 2013, were other important factors contributing to the overall growth of this promising market."
 

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards $4 million to 825 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations

BY Michael Johnsen

 

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation on Wednesday awarded nearly $4 million to approximately 825 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations to enhance and support youth literacy and education across the United States.
 
Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year.
 
"Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy," stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it's exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning make in people's lives."
 
In the past 21 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

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