Healthy sleep is one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle, along with nutrition and exercise. As a vital sign of good health and well-being, healthy sleep has a positive impact on nearly every key public health indicator. Healthy sleep reduces the risk of physical and mental health problems, accidents, injuries, disability and mortality.
The Healthy Sleep Project promotes the achievement of the Healthy People 2020 sleep health objectives:
- Increase the proportion of persons with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea who seek medical evaluation
- Reduce the rate of vehicular crashes per 100 million miles traveled that are due to drowsy driving
- Increase the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who get sufficient sleep
- Increase the proportion of adults who get sufficient sleep
Health care professionals can help improve public health and safety by promoting healthy sleep and screening for sleep disorders.
Patient Assessment Self-assessment tool: Are you at-risk for obstructive sleep apnea?
This resource helps patients identify the common symptoms of sleep apnea. It also helps them understand their risk factors for this chronic disease. Patients can download, print and complete this self-assessment to discuss their sleep apnea risk with their health care provider.
References Recommended amount of sleep for pediatric populations
A Consensus Statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Consensus statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine on the recommended amount of sleep for healthy children
Methodology and Discussion Recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult
A Joint Consensus Statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society Joint consensus statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society on the recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult
Methodology and Discussion Development of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project sleep health surveillance questions
Morgenthaler TI, Croft JB, Dort LC, Loeding LD, Mullington JM, Thomas SM Quality measure for screening for adult obstructive sleep apnea by primary care physicians
Aurora RN, Quan SF High school start times and the impact on high school students: what we know, and what we hope to learn
Morgenthaler TI, Hashmi S, Croft JB, Dort L, Heald JL, Mullington J
Provider Education Articles
The Healthy Sleep Project assembled a workgroup of sleep medicine specialists to write professional education articles for health care providers on a variety of sleep-related topics. For permission to publish any of the following articles in your professional society magazine or newsletter, please contact the AASM at email@example.com
. Teenagers: sleep patterns and school performance
Marlene Typaldos, MD and Daniel G. Glaze, MD, FAASM Pediatric Populations at High Risk for Sleep Apnea
Daniel Combs, MD and Sairam Parthasarathy, MD Indicators of and screening for OSA
Matthew Scharf, MD, PhD, and Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MSCE Treatment of OSA
Barry G. Fields, MD and Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MSCE Diagnosis and treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) during pregnancy
Jonathan P. Hintze, MD and Shalini Paruthi, MD Obstructive sleep apnea in commercial drivers
Erin O’Shea, DO and Anthony Izzo, DO
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