New Campaign Seeks to Help Sleep-Deprived Americans
(HealthDay News) — The importance of sleep is the central message of the "Sleep Well, Be Well" campaign. The campaign is part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a partnership between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Sleep Research Society. The campaign is meant to raise awareness about the dangers of chronic lack of sleep and untreated sleep illness.
A typical adult needs at least seven hours of sleep a night, but about 28% of American adults sleep ≤6 hours, according to the CDC. However, getting 7–9 hours of sleep a night isn't enough, the experts noted. The quality of sleep, which can be affected by factors such as alcohol, caffeine, and some medications, is also important.
Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. As many as 12–18 million American adults have untreated sleep apnea. Treatment of the condition could improve their sleep, overall health, and quality of life, the experts pointed out.
"Millions of people have an untreated sleep illness that prevents them from achieving healthy sleep," Safwan Badr, MD, president of the AASM, said in an academy news release. "Effective treatment of a sleep problem can be life-changing, helping you to be healthier and happier."