Alerting the public, healthcare providers and policymakers to the life-and-death importance of adequate sleep is central to the mission of NSF. NSF is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Americans who suffer from sleep problems and disorders. This means helping the public better understand the importance of sleep and the benefits of good sleep habits, and recognizing the signs of sleep problems so that they can be properly diagnosed and treated.
NSF programs include:
1. Far-reaching public education and awareness initiatives such as National Sleep Awareness Week® and Drowsy Driving Prevention WeekTM . As an independent, nonprofit, NSF partners with many government agencies and organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Transportation to raise awareness of the importance of sleep and alertness. Ongoing media relations activities generate millions and millions of media impressions each year. NSF also produces educational materials for the general public, such as our award-winning news magazine sleepmatters, our weekly online newsletter the NSF Alert , an assortment of educational brochures, videotapes and more.
2. Government relations and advocacy efforts to address legislative and regulatory issues related to sleep, alertness and safety, such as drowsy driving prevention and later school start times for high school students. . In addition, NSF advocates for federal funding of public health research and educational initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health. Government relations staff works regularly with federal agencies as well as members and staff of key congressional committees to increase public health and safety related to sleep.
3. Support of research through our highly respected and often quoted annual survey, the Sleep in America poll, reporting how sleep impacts America’s health, lifestyle, safety and productivity. The poll covers specific topics and populations. Past polls have focused on women, teens, adults, children and the aged to name a few.
4. Outreach to healthcare providers to enhance primary care givers' understanding of sleep-related problems and effective treatments and to provide sleep medicine clinicians with educational tools to help them make positive changes