April 6, 2022

World Health Sleep Day and Ways To Ensure a Healthy Night’s Sleep

World Health Sleep Day and Ways To Ensure a Healthy Night’s Sleep

Adequate sleep is necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep allows both the body and the brain to recover during the night. A good night’s sleep ensures you feel refreshed and alert when you wake up. Poor sleep not only leaves you feeling tired, but can increase your risk for a range of diseases and health problems.

Sleep statistics

Poor sleep health is a common problem. In a 2020 poll, almost half of all Americans reported that they feel sleepy during the day between 3 and 7 days per week,1 with 35.2% of all adults reporting that they sleep on average for less than seven hours per night.2

Adults who sleep less than 7 hours each night are more likely to say they have had health problems, including heart attack, asthma, and depression. Some of these health problems increase the risk for:

-Heart disease
-High blood pressure
-Obesity
-Diabetes
-Work/driving accidents

Around 57% of men and 40% of women in the U.S. snore3. Snoring can affect sleep quality and can be an indicator for more serious conditions including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

As many as 15-30% of males4 and 10-30% of females5 meet a broad definition of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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1National Sleep Foundation. (2020, March 7). The National Sleep Foundation’s 2020 Sleep in America® Poll Shows Alarming Level of Sleepiness and Low Levels of Action. Retrieved October 22, 2020, fromhttps://www.sleepfoundation.org/professionals/sleep-america-polls/2020-sleepiness-and-low-action
2National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. (2017, May 2). CDC – Data and Statistics – Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html
3 Schwab, R. J. (2020, June). Merck Manual Professional Version: Snoring. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/sleep-and-wakefulness-disorders/snoring
4 Young, T., Palta, M., Dempsey, J., Peppard, P. E., Nieto, F. J., & Hla, K. M. (2009). Burden of sleep apnea: rationale, design, and major findings of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort study. WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, 108(5), 246–249. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2858234/5.Peppard, P. E., Young, T., Barnet, J. H., Palta, M., Hagen, E. W., & Hla, K. M. (2013). Increased prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing in adults. American journal of epidemiology, 177(9), 1006–1014. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kws342