‘Sleep Well, Be Well’ hopes to boost the nation’s health by stressing the necessity of restful nights.

Today 28% of Americans sleep 6 hours and the number those sleeping 8 hours or more has decreased, making it more than clear that American adults are not getting the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep.

Causes for Lack of Quality Sleep

There are many factors that negatively impact the quality of sleep in us, causing us to toss and turn and wake up unrefreshed. Below is a list of some of the most prominent ones:

  • Medications
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sleeping Disorders

There are as many as 12 million to 18 million American adults have untreated sleep apnea. Treatment of the condition could improve their sleep, overall health and quality of life, the experts pointed out.

The “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign seeks to stress and make the public aware of the importance of sleep to your well being and the well being of those around you. The campaign is part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a partnership between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Sleep Research Society. The goal is to bring awareness to the risk and dangers of lack of sleep, and untreated sleep illness.

To mention a few, sleep deprivation can increases the risk of:

Often, our sleep deficit is related to too much caffeine, nicotine, alcohol. Often it’s related to work – stress from work, putting in long hours at work, working night shifts, working on the home computer until the second we go to sleep. – Meir Kryger, MD, Director of the Sleep Disorders Centre at St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre at the University of Manitoba

A simple change to your sleeping habits can help your overall well being. Save yourself from and others from injury or illness.