The National Institutes of Health estimates that sleep-related problems affect 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes. Sleep disorders are common in both men and women; however, important disparities in
National Sleep Awareness Week™, an annual public education and awareness campaign of the National Sleep Foundation, promotes the importance of sleep. National Sleep Awareness Week coincides with the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll results and Daylight Saving Time, when Americans lose one hour of sleep. Members of NSART and the [...]
In an effort to reduce the number of fatigue-related crashes and to save lives, the National Sleep Foundation is declaring November 6–12, 2012 to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®. This annual campaign provides public education about the under-reported risks of driving while drowsy and countermeasures to improve safety on the road.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analysis of the accidents resulting from drivers falling asleep behind the wheels is cause for alarm and concern. According to the study, younger drivers age 16-24 were nearly twice as likely to be involved in a drowsy driving crash as drivers age 40-59, and about 57 percent of drowsy driving crashes involved the driver drifting into other lanes or even off the road.
Healthy People 2020 provides 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently accepting recommendations on the development of the document.