33MD for March 2, 2009

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2009 - 5:25pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

Losing sleep over your finances? Guess what, you’re not alone. A new National Sleep Foundation poll shows almost a third of all Americans are not able to sleep at night because of concerns about their jobs, money, or the economy. The study also reveals those who are up at night worrying are also less likely to eat healthy, work efficiently, and exercise. Sleep expert Dr. Scott Livornese says the first step is to cut out the stress. "First thing, no other activities in the bedroom. Don't sit and try to figure out your finances or what stock you're going to buy and sell while sitting on your bed. None of those activities in the bedroom. Then for about 30 minutes before you go to bed, don't do anything. Sit, read, watch TV. Try to set yourself what we call a wind down time." Researchers say it’s important for Americans to understand that good sleep is connected to good health.

The most common strain of flu now circulating the U.S. appears to be resistant to the mainline drug used to treat it. Researchers at the CDC say they have identified Tamiflu resistance in 98% of influenza “A” cases this flu season. About 12% of cases were resistant last year. Experts say flu activity is still relatively low this season and so it the number of people infected.