Organizations Promote Sleep Education

Published Online: Tuesday, March 1, 2005

The annual National Sleep Awareness Week campaign will be held March 28 to April 3, 2005. The purpose of the public education campaign is to:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of adequate sleep to health and safety
  • Raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders
  • Focus attention on sleep-related issues such as drowsy driving and school start times

Conducted by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in partnership with other groups promoting sleep education, the campaign coincides with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. In conjunction with Sleep Awareness Week, the NSF and the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) have devoted March 31, 2005, to "Sleep Apnea Awareness Day"to raise awareness about the symptoms of sleep apnea and the importance of treatment.

"It is estimated that about 18 million people have sleep apnea, but millions of these adults and children have no idea that they have this problem. They suffer needlessly from a common and potentially life-threatening medical disorder, which can be treated,"said Edward Grandi, ASAA's executive director. "That's why we feel this new initiative with NSF during National Sleep Awareness Week is so important."

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