National Sleep Awareness Week

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?

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)