The National Sleep Foundation is celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week to raise awareness for the health benefits of sleep and tips for a better night’s rest. In the US, Sleep Awareness Week ends with Daylight Savings Time—the night many associate with losing an hour of sleep.
Sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness are telling signs of poor sleep hygiene. If you are experiencing a problem sleeping, it is a good idea to evaluate your bedtime routine. It may take time to notice any positive effects from changing your sleep habits. If sleep has been a long-term problem, consulting your doctor or a sleep specialist may lead to a diagnosis of a sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea. Any evaluation would likely improve the treatment suggested toward healthy sleep.
Up to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder; however, more than 40 million don’t get properly diagnosed or treated. People may be unaware of sleep interruptions, or may not think