National Sleep Awareness Week
By Elburn Herald
on March 7, 2011
GENEVA—It’s a consensus: the majority of American adults don’t get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night. And at least 40 million Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.
Join Delnor’s Sleep Disorders Center at its informational booth from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at Delnor Health and Wellness Center, 296 Randall Road in Geneva, to learn more information about common sleep disorders.
Delnor’s Sleep Disorders Center and The National Sleep Foundation are waking up the public with an annual public education and awareness campaign during National Sleep Awareness Week to promote the benefits—both to our mental and physical health—of a good night’s sleep.
Tips to improve your sleep
• Maintain a regular schedule for sleep and wake times.
• Establish a regular bedtime routine
• Create a dark, comfortable and quiet sleeping environment
• Use your bedroom only for sleep
• Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
• Finish eating at least two to three hours before bedtime
• Exercise regularly
• Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime
National Sleep Awareness Week, which takes place March 7-13, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. While most people do not give sleep much thought, it is very important that one get enough quality, restorative sleep. Besides affecting things like mood and productivity, a lack of quality sleep is associated with major health concerns. More and more studies have shown the relationship between the quantity and quality of sleep and health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression.