AASM Issues Guidance on Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits Among Patients

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) says, “Sleep is a biological necessity, and insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders are detrimental for health, well-being, and public safety.” In a recent position statement, the Society calls on physicians to screen patients for sleep disorders and promote sleep health in patient education, clinical practice and inpatient and long-term care. “Sleep is essential to health, and we are urging educators, health care professionals, government agencies and employers to prioritize the promotion of healthy sleep,” says AASM President Kannan Ramar.

As noted in a Science Daily summary of the AASM guidance, chronic insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders are linked to increased health and safety risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, workplace accidents and motor vehicle crashes. The research also suggests that insufficient sleep may be perpetuating health disparities.

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