Quotes on the 2009 Sleep in America Poll™

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Date:
Monday, March 2, 2009

"Sleep is important as a major component of good health. A lack of sleep, or a poor quality of sleep, can sabotage a person’s health goals and impair their safety. Many patients would have had to spend less time in a hospital or ER if they discovered the importance of a good night's sleep. We tend to treat sleep as a health non-entity instead of a vital component to a healthy lifestyle. It is past time that the medical community “wakes people up” to the importance of a proper amount and quality of sleep. This will make our patients healthier, and our roads safer."

— Brendan Duffy RPSGT
Coordinator
St. Charles Sleep Disorders Center


"We need to convince 100 percent of the public, rather than just 40 percent, that good sleep is as necessary as exercise and nutrition for optimal health."

— Dr. Robert Schriner
Collierville Sleep Lab


"With the increased daily stress related to the economy and jobs, we are seeing more patients with sleep problems. The good news is these problems are treatable. We have had many patients who are now productive, alert and energetic. They feel better because they're sleeping better."

— Dr. Raj Kakar
Medical Director
The Dallas Center for Sleep Disorders in Plano, TX


“The results of the poll point out that it is more important than ever for people to make sleep a priority, as it affects health and daytime functioning. Sleep is not expendable, and Americans should focus on keeping a regular schedule and allowing enough hours for sleep.”

— Dr. Robert Aronson
Medical Director
Cardinal Sleep Disorder Centers of America


“With this year’s Sleep in America poll showing that almost a third of Americans are losing sleep because of worries about their finances and the economy, it is more important than ever to make sure you don’t also have a sleep disorder that would affect your ability to deal with this added stress and perform at your best in your work. Contact your local sleep specialist or sleep center if you have concerns about your sleep.”

— John Lund
Vice President and