Why is sleep important to you? Recent findings suggest that investing in
sleep health contributes to maintaining brain health, and ultimately protecting
cognitive functions necessary for aging-in-place. Consequently, sleepiness is a
cause of motor vehicle crashes, occupational errors with hazardous outcomes, and
difficulty performing daily tasks. Sleep and wakefulness disorders affect an
estimated 15-20 percent of US adults who are more likely to suffer from chronic
disorders including depression, diabetes, cancer, and more.
Sleep should be considered just as important as eating right and getting
enough exercise. Adults should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep, while teens need up
to 9 hours a night. But getting good sleep goes beyond being in bed for a set
number of hours. The quality and timing of sleep are two other important factors
for getting proper rest each night. 5 tips to improve the quality of your sleep
Societal and health consequences of insufficient sleep are explored in
“Sleepless in America” produced by National Geographic Channel in collaboration
with The National Institutes of Health. The documentary explains how research
is changing our perception of sleep, sleepiness, and its importance to
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