(June 15, 2018) — Too many Americans are failing to make good sleep a priority and suffering as a result. That’s why Dr. Anuj Chandra, medical director of the Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders — with locations in Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Ringgold/East Ridge — has begun a new education initiative to make more people aware of the importance of quality sleep and encourage them to make sleep a priority.
Earlier this year, the National Sleep Foundation’s annual Sleep in America poll found that people who get plenty of sleep rate themselves as being much more effective at getting things done than those who don’t get enough sleep. The survey found that 89 percent of people with excellent sleep health feel very effective at getting things done, compared to 46 percent of those with poor sleep health. The same study shows that only 10 percent of Americans make sleep their number one priority.
In response, Dr. Chandra has begun Make Sleep A Priority, an education initiative to make more people aware of the importance of quality sleep and encourage them to make sleep a priority. Starting in June and continuing throughout the summer, he is using blog posts and social media to get the word out as widely as possible about the importance of quality sleep.
Dr. Chandra encourages everyone — especially those who are concerned that they or a loved one may not be getting enough good quality sleep — to learn about healthy sleep by following the campaign at:
• www.SleepForHealth.org, the Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders blog
• Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders on Facebook
• @AdvancedSleep on Twitter
The first post outlines “5 Ways Good Sleep Helps You Be Healthy.” Future posts will cover why snoring is more than an annoyance, how to have healthy sleep, signs of a possible sleep disorder, what parents can do to be sure children get healthy sleep, and more.
“Everyone thinks it would be nice to get enough sleep, but way too many people think inadequate sleep is just normal or unavoidable,” said Dr. Chandra. “We have to keep pushing the message: Make Sleep a Priority.”
Not getting enough quality sleep has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including poor work performance, accidents on the road, relationship problems, and mental health issues like anger and depression. Recent studies have documented links between chronic loss of sleep and heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
“As healthcare professionals, we know good sleep is essential to good health, but we struggle to convince people to do what it takes to get good quality sleep,” added Dr. Chandra. “It’s hard for people to change their behavior, but we have to keep working at it.”