Information at Your Fingertips/Let There Be Light

Tony RamosInformation at Your Fingertips

Starting with this issue of Sleep Review, we have made it much easier for our readers to reach our advertisers via their individual Web sites. As opposed to finding each Web address individually, simply go to and you will find a listing of our advertisers and those featured in the Product Profiles section in every issue of Sleep Review. In addition, each company name will provide you with a hyperlink to the advertiser’s Web site. Instead of having to look up 15 different addresses, is all you need to remember.

This customized Web site for Sleep Review offers access to sites alphabetically, by company name, and by product category. Under the heading “alphabetical listing,” you will be able to access the Web address for each of our advertisers. Click on the company name and you will instantly be transported to that particular Web site. If you want to return to the Sleep Review site, it is only a click away. At the bottom of each Web page there is a link back to where you started. If you want to locate companies that offer CPAP devices and supplies, it is no problem. Simply click on the product category button (also alphabetized), and you will instantly have a list of those companies that manufacture and sell the devices and supplies you are looking for.

Research has shown that more readers of magazines, especially trade publications, are using Web sites to obtain information about advertised products and services and how to contact the manufacturers for additional information. We will continue to offer our readers the action card located at the front and back of the publication as a way to let our advertisers know that you want to hear from them. With our newly added Web-based service, you will now be able to gain information on our advertisers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With that being said, do not stay up until all hours of the night surfing the Internet; ask any sleep medicine specialist, and they will tell you that is not a healthy choice.

Tony Ramos, Publisher
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Paige SmithLet There Be Light

As Americans age, many complain that they do not sleep as much as they used to. One explanation might be that this lack of sleep is due to the aches and pains that come with age, but in reality, the elderly could possibly be suffering from sleep disorders. In a recent issue of The Wall Street Journal, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, a psychiatry professor at the University of California, San Diego, says that it is a myth that sleeping less is due to aging and that it is not the need for sleep that changes, it is our ability to sleep well. And light therapy may be the solution. A study was conducted at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where elderly subjects sat for 2 hours a day in front of light boxes to see if adding more natural light to a person’s day could push the circadian rhythm toward later sleep. It worked. In this issue of Sleep Review, Mariana Gross Figueiro, MSc, Mark S. Rea, PhD, and Gregory Eggleston of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, discuss light therapy’s effect on patients with Alzheimer’s disease. They explain that exposure to blue light could be a clinically effective treatment for consolidating rest/activity rhythms of these patients. Turn to page 24 for a more in-depth look.

For more information on current sleep topics, check out Focus Publication’s third annual conference, which will be held in Nashville, Tenn, at the Grand Ole Opry on April 10-12. Such renowned speakers as William C. Dement, MD, Meir Kryger, MD, and Sharon Keenan, PhD, will be discussing topics ranging from sleep and society and treatment of sleep apnea to the connection between sleep and attention deficit disorder. For additional information, visit

Paige Smith, Editor
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