Today the American Academy of Sleep Medicine launched “Sleep is Good Medicine,“a national campaign to increase public education about the importance of sleep and its connection to health. The campaign was announced during the plenary session of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies SLEEP 2022 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, Carolina North.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 3 adults in the United States report sleeping less than seven hours a day. In 2021, the AASM published a position statement noting that sleep is essential for health and calling for a greater emphasis on sleep health in education, clinical practice, hospital and long-term care. , public health promotion and the workplace.
This campaign will support the AASM’s vision that sleep is recognized as essential to good health. Sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise for our health and well-being.”
Dr. Raman Malhotra, Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physician and Professor, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
“Sleep is Good Medicine” will show how healthy sleep helps the body boost immunity, reduce stress, and reduce the risk of many medical conditions, including diabetes and hypertension.
“We know that chronically insufficient sleep can have a detrimental impact on personal health and increase the risk of many diseases,” said Jennifer L. Martin, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine. ‘UCLA. “Healthy sleep is also important for mood regulation and mental health, helping to reduce the risk of problems such as anxiety and depression.”
Through “Sleep is Good Medicine”, the AASM will strive to make sleep a key pillar of health; equivalent to nutrition and exercise. The campaign builds on the AASM’s existing outreach efforts for the public and healthcare professionals, serving as a key initiative to fill information gaps on the value of sleep.
The digital campaign will provide engaging content, including infographics and social media posts, to educate adults about healthy sleep and encourage people to talk to their doctors about their sleep issues. The campaign will also provide tips and resources to help healthcare professionals help their patients improve their sleep health.