Let’s Celebrate! It’s National Sleep Awareness Week.

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In the most recent MMWR newsletter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the CDC announced that March 7–13, 2011 is National Sleep Awareness Week.  Here are some interesting facts they shared about the importance and impact of sleep (click on newsletter link above for references).

“Sleep impairment is linked as a contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to have chronic diseases such
as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, or obesity (2,3). In 2008, approximately 28% of surveyed adults in the United States reported frequent insufficient sleep (≥14 days in the past 30 days) (4), which has been associated with fair/poor general health, frequent mental and physical distress, depressive symptoms, anxiety, and pain (3).

Sleep insufficiency and poor sleep quality also can result from sleep disorders such as chronic insomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, or narcolepsy (1).

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that healthy adults need 7–9 hours of sleep per day, and school-age children might require 10–11 hours of sleep (5). “

I encourage you to make good sleep hygiene a high priority not just this week but everyday.  If you find yourself stuck or struggling with sleep issues, I invite you connect with me for resources and support.

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