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

For more information on National Sleep Awareness Week, visit

(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.