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Copyright notice This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Sleep is an essential component of health, and its timing, duration, and quality are critical determinants of health 1. Sleep may play an important role in metabolic regulation, emotion regulation, performance, memory consolidation, brain recuperation processes, and learning 2.
Because of the importance of these functions, sleep should be viewed as being as critical to health as diet and physical activity.
However, public health practitioners and other health care providers have not focused major attention on the importance of sleep to health.
In this essay, we briefly summarize the scientific literature about hours of sleep needed and why sleep is an important public health issue.
We also suggest areas for expanding sleep research and strategies for increasing awareness of the importance of sleep and improving sleep health. Finally, we call for action to bring sleep to the forefront of public health. The Institute of Medicine IOM report Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation indicates that the average basal sleep needs of adults is approximately 7 to 8 hours per night, and the optimal sleep duration for adolescents is 9 hours per night 1.
Overall, about 15 million children in the United States do not get sufficient sleep 6. Among adults, the reasons for sleep loss appear to be related mainly to lifestyle, work schedules shift work and long hoursor sleep disorders 1.
Among adolescents, insufficient sleep is associated with greater use of social media technology, and among younger children it is associated with depressive symptomatology, family disagreements, and safety issues around home, school and neighborhood 6.
Insufficient sleep has major health consequences in adults, adolescents, and young children. Strong evidence exists that among adults insufficient sleep has a significant effect on numerous health conditions, including chronic disease development and incidence 1.
People who have short sleep duration are at 1. Children who experience short sleep duration are more likely to become obese than those who do not 8.
Insufficient sleep also affects immunologic function and development of mood disorders and is associated with depression; deficits in cognition, memory and learning; and reduced quality of life 1.
Adults who sleep fewer than 7 hours per night have greater difficulty concentrating, remembering, and performing other daily activities than those who sleep 7 to 9 hours a night 4. Children and adolescents who get insufficient sleep have impaired behavior, mood, and performance 9.
One major consequence of insufficient sleep is daytime sleepiness, which reduces alertness and causes slow reaction time, leading to occupational and medical errors, workplace injuries, impaired driving, and motor vehicle accidents 1.
Indrowsy driving contributed tomotor vehicle accidents and 15, deaths The public health burden of sleep deprivation is enormous. There are substantial public health investments in all areas related to sleep, from obesity and other chronic conditions to motor vehicle accidents.
Insufficient sleep, unlike other health risk factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and physical inactivity, has historically received much less attention in the public health and clinical settings. Insufficient sleep is an important public health risk factor that would benefit from further investigation.
Lack of Awareness Despite strong evidence of the relationship between insufficient sleep and health problems, most people are unaware of the amount of sleep they need, their level of sleep deprivation, and the negative impact of sleep deprivation on health.
Because of lack of awareness, sleep is not commonly incorporated into public health approaches. In addition, many health care providers do not counsel their patients about healthy sleep habits Although little evidence exists on the effectiveness of sleep screening and counseling on sleep behavior, screening and counseling has been shown to improve the health behaviors of patients in other areas, such as dietary habits, smoking cessation, and physical activity Therefore, giving providers information about screening and counseling for appropriate sleep time and needs could better equip primary care and public health professionals with the knowledge needed to screen and counsel patients to promote sleep as a healthy behavior 1.Public awareness should focus on preventing further harm to the victims of harmful practices as well as discussions about the overall importance of equality and human rights for all, including women and girls.
The Medical Director of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Communicable Disease Center (CDC) says World Immunization Week is an opportune time to raise awareness about the importance of disease.
Awareness is a really important part of planning and developing training programmes. Elements of Awareness There are just 3 elements you need to be aware of and understand and everything (I mean everything!) can be linked back to these 3 elements. Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
The campaign also offers information and . The ITPS is composed of 27 top soil experts representing all the regions of the world. The main function of the ITPS is to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues.
The ITPS advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas. For example, The National Sleep Awareness Roundtable (NSART) (schwenkreis.com), a national coalition of government, professional, volunteer, and other organizations, is collaborating to raise awareness about sleep among the public, increase the understanding of the importance of sleep, and reduce the public health and safety impact of sleep.