One-Third of Americans Lose Sleep Over Economy

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Date:
Sunday, March 1, 2009

, Chief, Emerging Investigations and Analytic Methods Branch, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Susan Redline , MD, MPH , Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Case School of Medicine

Tips for Healthy Sleep

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a chronic seep disorder or intermittent sleep problem, with women suffering from lack of sleep more often than men and with increasing frequency as they age. If you have difficulty with your sleep for any reason, here are some tips that may help you get a better night's sleep:

  1. Try to have a standard relaxing bedtime routine and keep regular sleep times. Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool and quiet and that your pillows, sleep surface and coverings provide you with comfort.
  2. Exercise regularly, but finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime.
  3. Avoid foods and drinks high in caffeine (coffee, colas and tea) for at least eight hours prior to bedtime, and avoid alcohol for a few hours before bedtime. Caffeine and alcohol disturb sleep.
  4. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex; if you do this, you will strengthen the association between bed and sleep. It is best to remove work materials, computers and televisions from the sleep environment.

NSF released the poll findings as part of its 12th annual National Sleep Awareness Week® campaign, held March 1-8, 2009, that culminates with the change to Daylight Saving Time on March 8th. With the change of clocks, NSF wishes to remind Americans that losing sleep is an important health consideration. For more sleep tips, information on sleep disorders and a Summary of Findings for the 2009 Sleep in America™ poll, visit NSF’s Web site at www.sleepfoundation.org.

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National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving sleep health and safety by achieving greater awareness of sleep and sleep disorders through education and advocacy.  NSF’s membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine as well as other professionals in

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