National Sleep Awareness Week, observed in March and sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, is an opportunity to stop and think about your sleep habits, realize how much they impact your well-being, and take a step toward improving them.
National Sleep Awareness Week and The National Sleep Foundation stress that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and less may pose serious consequences to a person's health and safety. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that people who reported sleeping six hours or less per night were significantly more likely to fall asleep while driving than those who reported sleeping seven to nine hours nightly.
According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, trouble sleeping could be a red flag in young adults who are at risk of suicide. Researchers interviewed and monitored the sleep of 50 university students who had made previous suicide attempts. Those who fell asleep at different times each night, had insominia, or had nightmares were more likely than others to have suicidal thoughts during the three-week study. Variable sleep-timing, the strongest predictor of suicidal thoughts, were a better predictor than even symptoms of depression. Treating sleep disturbances could help reduce the risk of suicide.
National Sleep Awareness Week Sponsor:
National Sleep Foundation
To learn more, visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org
The awareness color for Sleep Disorders is Black.
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