National Sleep Awareness Week, which spans from March 7 to the 13th, has been officially announced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Linked as a major contributor to vehicular accidents, industrial mishaps and occupational hazards, sleep impairment has become a great cause for concern to doctors and patients alike.
Apart from the dangers that sleep apnea brings to everyday living, there is also heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disorders from losing sleep. Apnea has also been linked to obesity, depression and diabetes apart from other medical issues such as attention and hyper activity disorder found in children.
Back in 2008, almost 28 percent of adults who participated in a survey in the U.S. say that they don’t nearly get enough sleep at night. They also associate their sleeping disorder with pain, anxiety, depression, mental stress and poor health in general. The National Sleep Foundation advises adults to catch as least 7-9 hours of sleep each day, while 10-11 hours for children that are already going to school.