Are you aware of how much sleep you are getting every week? As human beings we all need sleep. No matter how many times you defy your bedtime, you eventually must go to bed. Sleep is crucial and it is also important to raise awareness for those who do not get enough sleep. Starting this Sunday, from March 14th to the 20th the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) hosts its annual National Sleep Awareness Week.
Since 1998, the NSF has launched Sleep Awareness Week, a national public education campaign that celebrates healthy sleeping habits and encourages people to prioritize sleep over doing other things. With improved sleep people can improve overall health and well-being. Every year, the campaign commences with the beginning of Daylight-Saving Time. The NSF then provides valuable information during the week such as the benefits of optimal sleep and how sleep affects health. They also release their annual Sleep in America Poll results on the public’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about a sleep-related topic.
Even though sleeping is important, there are many people with insomnia who cannot get into the habit of spending a healthy amount of time sleeping. It is recommended that most healthy adults receive between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day, while children and teens require even more. A lack of sleep could result in poor daily activity performance and can decrease your general health. Therefore it is very important to raise awareness about the importance of sleep to help combat bad sleeping habits.
To help manage your sleeping schedule, you can use the NSF’s Bedtime Calculator. This tool lets you enter in how many hours of sleep you want to get. Once that information is entered, the calculator will tell you what time you should go to bed and plan to wake up. By using the calculator, sharing helpful infographics, and utilizing fun sleep tips you are helping to remind yourself, as well as your friends and family, about the importance of sleep health.
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Article written by William Graves.