March is national sleep awareness month and March 13–19 is Sleep Awareness week!
A “good night’s sleep” is something everyone wants but is not something everyone manages to get. March is designated as National Sleep Awareness Month, which provides us with an opportunity to look at our own sleep habits and search for ways to improve on the quantity and quality of sleep we get.
The connection between sleep and health is real. It impacts every one of us. It’s why we conduct our Sleep in America ® Poll and release our findings to anyone who wants to know pretty much anything about sleep.
Eating right and exercising are used to maintain good health, but sleep can also affect one’s wellness. Sleep plays a critical role – allowing for the brain and body to recharge from the previous day’s activities. Failing to get enough sleep can have both short-term and long-term effects, reduce performance at work, and cause irritability and depression. Inadequate sleep has also been shown to have an effect on the hormones that regulate hunger. According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.