National Sleep Awareness Week is March 5 – 11, and the focus is on sleep health and safety.  Each year for one week in March, The National Sleep Foundation highlights a specific area of sleep to remind people how important sleep is.

As an Internist I see many patients juggling hectic schedules trying to balance time between raising families and work.  Often with busy schedules sleep is sacrificed in the race to get everything done.

Sleep needs to become a priority.  Most people who do not get 7-8 hours of sleep are not as focused or alert the next day. There are many sleep disorders that can impact the quality of sleep that you  even realize.  Sleep Apena, Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomnia can impact your quality of sleep.  Lack of sleep can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and mood swings.

According to the National Institutes of Health sleep-related problems affect 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes.  If you are always tired and think you are getting enough sleep see a physician for a check up.  Remember next time you stay up late to finish a project question if it is worth skimping on sleep.

 

National Sleep Awareness Week