March 7-13 is National Sleep Awareness Week. We kicked off the week with a celebration at Carroll Hospital Center, and are enjoying focus on the importance of sleep. Here are a couple of alarming sleep facts:
1. 70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep problem.
2. As a result, U.S. employers could be losing up to 18 million dollars in lost productivity due to sleep deprivation among employees.
3. 75% of adults report at least one symptom of a sleep problem each year.
4. The average American adult gets about 6 hours of sleep per night, which is less than the recommended 7-9 by sleep experts.
As we have written about previously, sleep disorders are linked to cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, and diabetes. Use this week to evaluate your current sleeping habits. Are you sleeping enough? Is it quality sleep? Are you waking up feeling refreshed?