Letter from the Editor – September 26, 2011

Hello Everyone,

As always, I hope you all had a nice weekend.

We’ve got a great magazine lined up for you all this week and I hope you all enjoy it. Also, I’m still in the process of putting together a comprehensive events supplement for Fall and Winter 2011, so please feel free to continue sending in suggestions. The more the merrier.

I also want to let you all know about a series of articles that will be coming up in October. I was contacted a little while ago by a research institute that is investigating Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, something that occurs almost exclusively in people who are totally blind. This disorder results in recurring bouts of trouble falling asleep and staying awake. Since our magazine reaches many blind and visually impaired individuals throughout the United States and the rest of the world, they felt that we would be a good medium to get the word out about the study they’re doing. The articles will also serve as an opportunity to bring this issue out into the open and possibly clear up and misconceptions or questions you all may have.

The series will be made up of five parts, beginning next week with an introduction that will outline what Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder is, and will include various interviews of blind individuals who live with it. The series will then outline current treatments and ongoing research that is being performed to remedy the disorder.

These articles will be written by Lynne Lamberg, co-author of The Body Clock Guide to Better Health, published in 2000. Lynne has written extensively about sleep medicines and disorders for both physicians and the general public.

If you would like to familiarize yourself with the studies being done prior to the appearance of the articles in this magazine, you can visit www.non24registry.com or call 888-389-7033. For more information on Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, you can visit www.24sleepwake.com

Since we have had articles published in the past, as well as Reader’s Forum discussions regarding troubles sleeping and the various remedies, I thought that this series would be interesting to all of you and may answer some questions you have. I also want to point out that we are not being paid, nor are we paying to feature this series. This series will not be an advertisement for the company performing the research. If you are interested in participating in any studies that they are doing, you are free to contact them, but the main goal of this series for me was to provide all of you with the best information possible regarding a disorder that almost exclusively affects the blind and visually impaired population.

That should cover everything for now. I hope you all have a great week.

Take care, and thanks for reading.

Ross Hammond, Editor

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