National Sleep Awareness Week Activities for Re:sourxe

/ 08/03/2012 /
National Sleep Awareness Week™, which takes place March 5-11, 2012, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. The Week runs through until the clock change to Daylight Saving Time – where we lose an hour of sleep time.

Proper sleep is an essential component of good health. Sleep Awareness Week is another important opportunity for Re:sourxe to spread awareness and share resources that help professionals in the healthcare industry – including the employees and management of healthcare facilities – support proper sleep for improved patient outcomes.

Costs of Sleep Impairment

Sleep disorders and sleep deprivation are public health problems that lead to a variety of complications. According to the Institute of Medicine, sleep impairment is a contributing factor to:

  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Industrial disasters
  • Medical errors
  • Other occupational errors

Sleep insufficiency is also associated with higher instances of chronic diseases such as: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity(2).  

Inadequate sleep is no small problem. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that healthy adults need 7--9 hours of sleep per day, and school-age children might require 10--11 hours of sleep. The CDC reports that more than a quarter of the U.S. population reports not getting enough sleep.

Sleep Awareness Week Featured Products from Re:sourxe

For Sleep Awareness Week, we are featuring products that help to support sleep and promote relaxation, such as:

  • Lavender Harvest aromatherapy oil
  • Silk sleep/eye masks; microwaveable body wrap with lavender
  • Progressive Relaxation and Breathing, an audio program for relaxation and stress-reduction
  • Baby Go to Sleep, lullabies with a heartbeat rhythm to soothe babies to sleep

Information Sources

For information regarding the public health importance of sleep, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/sleep.

For more information on National Sleep Awareness Week, visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org/.

REFERENCES
(1) Institute of Medicine. Sleep disorders and sleep deprivation: an unmet public health problem. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2006.
(2) Buxton OM, Marcelli E. Short and long sleep are positively associated with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease among adults in the United States. Soc Sci Med 2010;71:1027--36.