Sleep Health : Essential For An Individual 's Health And Well Being

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Leslie Boyle
Unit 9: Final Project
Professor Ann Dickerson

Sleep health is essential for an individual’s health and well-being. Sleep disorders and sleep deprivation is an unmet public health concern. It is estimated that fifty to seventy million Americans chronically suffer from some type of sleep disorder, which in turn, effects daily function and negatively affecting health and longevity (The National Academy of Sciences, 2006). Sleep is increasingly identified as important to public health, for it has been linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical or occupational errors. Not only can lack of sleep lead to hazardous outcomes but it can also lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, depression, and obesity. The National Sleep Foundation is a federal funded program and is the federal government’s prevention plan for building a healthier nation. The National Sleep Foundation’s vision is a society in which all people live long healthy lives. Their mission is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. This program was founded by the leaders in sleep medicine in the year 1990. The National Sleep Foundation is the trusted resource for sleep science, healthy sleep habits, and sleep disorders to medical professionals, patients, and the public. The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving sleep health and safety through education, public awareness, and advocacy.
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