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The arrival of another school year means that it’s time for students to reset their bedtimes as the summer break comes to an end. To help identify the appropriate bedtime for children, teens and adults, the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project has created an online Bedtime Calculator. Project partners – including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS) – developed the calculator as part of the “Make Time 2 Sleep” campaign to help families adopt routines that fit each individual’s unique lifestyle and sleep needs.



Untreated, severe obstructive sleep apnea more than doubles your risk of dying from heart disease, the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project warns in conjunction with American Heart Month in February. Project partners – including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS) – are launching the “Sleep Apnea Hurts Hearts” campaign to raise public awareness and urge individuals with symptoms of sleep apnea to talk to a doctor about their risk.



Las recomendaciones se han desarrollado tras un proyecto de 10 meses realizado por un Panel de Consenso Pediátrico de 13 de los expertos en sueño más importantes del país, y están respaldadas por la American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, por sus siglas en inglés, la Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría), la Sociedad de Investigaciones sobre el Sueño (SRS, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Asociación Americana de Tecnólogos del Sueño (AAST, por sus siglas en inglés). El panel de expertos revisó 864 artículos científicos publicados que abordan la relación entre la duración del sueño y la salud en los niños, evaluó las pruebas utilizando un sistema de clasificación formal y llegó a las recomendaciones finales después de varias rondas de votación.



As students head back to school, the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is launching the “Sleep Recharges You” campaign, urging teens to get eight to 10 hours of sleep per night to promote optimal health. When well-rested, teens are more likely to be healthy, energetic and have a positive attitude toward life in general — helping them to be their best and do their best this school year. More than two-thirds of high school students in the U.S. are failing to get enough sleep on school nights, according to a 2016 study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Results show that 69 percent of surveyed students in grades 9 to 12 reported sleeping less than eight hours on an average school night. Insufficient sleep in teens can impact everything from grades to safety.



Los expertos coinciden; la apnea obstructiva del sueño – un trastorno potencialmente fatal que involucra episodios de obstrucción parcial o completa de las vías respiratorias durante el sueño – está creciendo peligrosamente, y las investigaciones indican que afecta al 14 por ciento de los hombres y al 6 por ciento de las mujeres de la población hispana. El Proyecto Nacional de Salud de Concientización sobre el Sueño, una colaboración entre la Academia Estadounidense de Medicina del Sueño (AASM, por sus siglas en inglés), los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Sociedad de Investigaciones sobre el Sueño (SRS, por sus siglas en inglés), urge a todas las personas con síntomas de apnea del sueño a comprometerse a dejar de roncar y consultar a un médico. 



In a new recommendation published in the June issue of SLEEP, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Sleep Research Society (SRS) recommend that adults obtain seven or more hours of sleep per night to avoid the health risks of chronic inadequate sleep. In addition, the AASM and SRS do not place an upper limit on the number of hours of sleep recommended per night. The recommendation follows a 12-month project conducted by a Consensus Panel of 15 of the nation’s foremost sleep experts.



En una nueva recomendación publicada en la edición de junio de la publicación SLEEP, la American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Academia de Medicina del Sueño de EE. UU., o AASM) y la Sleep Research Society (Sociedad de Investigación del Sueño, o SRS) recomiendan que los adultos obtengan siete o más horas de sueño por noche para evitar los riesgos para la salud causados por la falta de sueño crónica. Además, la AASM y la SRS no ponen ningún límite máximo para el número de horas de sueño recomendado por noche.



Drowsiness is similar to alcohol in how it compromises driving ability, yet many parents of teen drivers do not recognize the hidden danger of drowsy driving. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is addressing this public safety threat by urging all parents of teen and novice drivers to talk with their children about getting nine hours of nightly sleep for optimal daytime alertness and committing to pull over or avoid driving if they haven’t gotten enough sleep.



A new study suggests that teen drivers who start class earlier in the morning are involved in significantly more motor vehicle accidents than peers with a later high school start time. The results underscore the importance of the “Awake at the Wheel” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.


National Diabetes Month: Type 2 diabetics have high risk for sleep apnea
November 2014

In recognition of November as National Diabetes Month, the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is advising everyone with Type 2 diabetes to be aware of their high risk for obstructive sleep apnea. The recommendation is part of the Healthy Sleep Project’s “Stop the Snore” public education campaign to increase the proportion of people with symptoms of sleep apnea who talk to a doctor about their risk for this chronic disease.


Insomnia increases risk of motor vehicle deaths, other fatal injuries
October 2014

New research suggests that insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.


Awake at the Wheel: Healthy Sleep Project launches drowsy driving education campaign
October 2014

Recent high-profile motor vehicle accidents have brought national attention to the dangers of drowsy driving. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is addressing this pervasive threat to public health and transportation safety by launching the “Awake at the Wheel” public education campaign, which will educate drivers of all ages about the risks of driving while drowsy in order to reduce avoidable accidents and save lives.


Treating sleep apnea in cardiac patients reduces hospital readmission
October 2014

A study of hospitalized cardiac patients is the first to show that effective treatment with positive airway pressure therapy reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates and emergency department visits in pati ents with both heart disease and sleep apnea. The results underscore the importance of the “Stop the Snore” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.


Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in U.S. threatens public health
September 2014

Public health and safety are threatened by the increasing prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, which now afflicts at least 25 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Several new studies highlight the destructive nature of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression.


Brain damage caused by severe sleep apnea is reversible
September 2014

A neuroimaging study is the first to show that white matter damage caused by severe obstructive sleep apnea can be reversed by continuous positive airway pressure therapy. The results underscore the importance of the “Stop the Snore” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.


Study links healthy sleep duration to less sick time from work
September 2014

New research suggests that sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night is associated with the lowest risk of absence from work due to sickness. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.


Stop the Snore: Sleep apnea action urgent for those at risk
August 2014

The nation’s sleep experts agree: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – a potentially life-threatening disease involving episodes of complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep – is dangerously on the rise.


Sleep Well, Be Well: National campaign makes healthy sleep a priority
May 2014

A nationwide “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign is being launched today as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). The campaign will promote widespread awareness of the dangers of chronic sleep loss and untreated sleep illness, encouraging Americans to achieve healthy sleep for improved overall health.