Sleep. You become most vulnerable when you lack sleep. But how do you keep yourself safe when the cause of sleep problems could be you? Off the bat, there are two types of people who need to be safe from themselves when sleeping, those who suffer from sleepwalking and sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea, as defined by Expertmedicine.com, is a common sleep disorder that affects both children and adults, and that could result to critical cardiac events such as stroke, cardiac arrest, heart arrhythmia, and chest pains. Research associates sleep apnea as a serious disorder that needs treatment immediately. Apnea or “want of breath” in Greek tally in an estimated 18 million sufferers in America, or at least 1 in every four households (family of 4), that’s 6.62% of the American population. It’s not gender specific or age specific. As a result, 263,000 kids have their tonsils removed to help remove the obstruction in their breathing.
A typical adult spends most of his time in two places, home and work. Given this amount of exposure, you are at risk at work from contracting disease to fatal injuries. And though the rates and average are an acceptable level, it is better for us to understand what puts us at risk and how can we contribute to minimizing it.
In Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent study, work related injuries and illnesses are at 1,078,140, keeping workers “away from work at least 2 ½ times the average.” Among these numbers, laborers, truck drivers, nursing aides and construction workers tally in the most incident.
Geography plays a major part in increasing the odds of getting exposed to accidents. In a city like Boston for example, a worker is at risk to assaults, transportation accidents, and exposure to fire. This may ring true to most places and cities around the country, even around the world. New York, given its high population density, tallies the most number of fatal occupational injuries. Source: Occupational Safety and Health Statistics: New Data for a New Century
We see it on basic cable, the very sensational “caught-on-cam” violation against property and safety. It is played in slow-motion over and over and ranked from bad to worst.
On the back of my head I say “This is a very good ad for Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system”. And indeed, CCTV sales are on the rise up to 40% in the last few years, depending on where you live.
The thing about CCTVs that makes it an incomplete security system is that it only serves as a passive witness to the crime. If one does not have the resources to have actual guards monitoring the system to stop the crime as it happens, you only have a documented evidence of the crime. The evil deed is done. That’s a bad oversight.
Questionable safety is one of the biggest deterrents for tourism all over the world. Every country, every city you want to visit poses a unique threat to an individual’s security and safety. These are the initial hurdles when traveling and sometimes the hurdles are just too great to deem practical and sometimes common sense is a good enough tool. The Department of State’s website (http://travel.state.gov) provides travel advisories that help us identify countries with high risk due to political instability or just outright high criminal activity.
How grave are these incidents? The rise of number of tourist in Indonesia is perpendicular with a rise in the number of crimes. “Transnational crime such as bank fraud, terrorism, drug and human trafficking may highlight the island’s crime scene this year due to the tourism boom.” according to a report on Jakarta Post.
Not to discourage you further, here are some pocket knowledge you may want to take with you while on vacation