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The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting sleep-related education, research, and advocacy. 

The goal of the National Sleep Foundation is to ensure that Americans are aware that their sleep is an important component of their health and safety, and that they make obtaining sufficient sleep a priority.


Key Programs Include: 

1. Far-reaching public education and awareness initiatives such as 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.

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 within their communities. Publications targeted toward medical professionals include Sleep Medicine Alert , a newsletter showcasing a variety of topics including obstructive sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome, and "white