It’s that time of year we all dread… the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.
The second Sunday each March, we all turn our clocks ahead. This means we lose out on one hour of much needed sleep. This is concerning because most Americans are sleep deprived. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most people do not describe themselves as good sleepers. Sleep deprivation may be caused by an underlying sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or insomnia. An estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, yet most people do not discuss their sleep concerns with their doctor.
Sleep deprivation is serious business:
Not getting enough sleep is linked with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression and memory impairment.
People who are not regularly getting good, quality sleep are at significantly increased risk of have a motor vehicle or workplace accident.
Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent each year on direct medical costs related to sleep disorders.
If you are tired or have sleep complaints, there is help out there! National Jewish Health has a comprehensive Sleep Medicine Program. We diagnose and treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, restless leg syndrome, shift work sleep disorder and more.
Learn more about the Sleep Center at National Jewish Health.
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