Sleep is the body’s time to repair itself and reenergize for the next day. For many people, getting a good night’s sleep is assumed. However, according to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder and these millions of people often feel alone in their struggle. Bringing more awareness to conditions like Sleep Apnea can shine a light on a condition that’s too often left in the dark.
Why is Sleep Apnea Awareness Important?
Sleep Apnea awareness is important because when the public is informed about the condition, they are more likely to identify sleep conditions in themselves and others and, as a result, seek treatment sooner.
Sleep Apnea awareness should include educating participants about why healthy sleeping habits are important, what symptoms to look out for, and when to seek treatment from a professional.
The goals of Sleep Apnea awareness efforts should include increasing the percentage of people seeking treatment after experiencing symptoms, reducing dangerous driving due to sleep deprivation, and increasing the percentage of people who get sufficient sleep. Awareness can be promoted through a variety of engaging campaigns, fun events, and informational sources.
Sleeptember is a campaign by the American Sleep Apnea Association, celebrated in September, that brings awareness to sleep conditions like Sleep Apnea and raises funds for sleep medical research. Sufficient sleep is essential to living a healthy, happy life. Sleeptember fosters a supportive community that is dedicated to spreading this message. During Sleeptember, online and in-person events help strengthen this community and get the word out about what healthy sleeping habits look like and why they’re important.
Sleep Awareness Week
Another important sleep education event is Sleep Awareness Week. This year’s event, March 11th-17th, features a “begin with sleep” theme.
Put on by the National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Awareness Week highlights the benefits that come with a consistently healthy sleep schedule (including enhanced energy, a boosted mood, and better memory).
Healthy sleeping habits can improve your life in both the long-term and the short-term. Sleep Awareness Week is all about providing valuable information about the effects of sufficient sleep and lack thereof. Through both online and in-person community events, this week dedicated to sleep health highlights the importance of deep, productive sleep.
How Can You Get Involved?
If you know someone who suffers from Sleep Apnea or who should seek medical treatment or testing, share information about Sleeptember and Sleep Awareness Week with them.
People with Sleep Apnea don’t need to struggle alone. The A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic) Network is another supportive community for those with Sleep Apnea that offers resources and education free of charge.
A.W.A.K.E. groups are located throughout the country and are always accepting new members.
Sleep Apnea can be challenging to navigate, both physically and mentally. Sleeptember, Sleep Awareness Week, and other efforts bring attention to this condition, educate the public, and encourage treatment. An educated public means more people seeking treatment and, eventually, more people getting a restful night’s sleep.
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