Resources for Health Care Professionals

The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project equips health care professionals with tools and resources to promote healthy sleep and screen for sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the project is led by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) in collaboration with the Sleep Research Society (SRS) and other partners.

Healthy sleep is one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle, along with nutrition and exercise. As a vital sign of good health and well-being, healthy sleep has a positive impact on nearly every key public health indicator. Healthy sleep reduces the risk of physical and mental health problems, accidents, injuries, disability and mortality.

The Healthy Sleep Project promotes the achievement of the Healthy People 2020 sleep health objectives:

  • Increase the proportion of persons with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea who seek medical evaluation
  • Reduce the rate of vehicular crashes per 100 million miles traveled that are due to drowsy driving
  • Increase the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who get sufficient sleep
  • Increase the proportion of adults who get sufficient sleep

Health care professionals can help improve public health and safety by promoting healthy sleep and screening for sleep disorders.

PATIENT ASSESSMENT

Self-assessment tool: Are you at-risk for obstructive sleep apnea?
This resource helps patients identify the common symptoms of sleep apnea. It also helps them understand their risk factors for this chronic disease. Patients can download, print and complete this self-assessment to discuss their sleep apnea risk with their health care provider.

Provider Fact Sheet – Shift Work
This resource provides important information for clinicians about the risks of shift work disorder, a sleep disorder characterized by insomnia and/or excessive sleepiness that occurs when a recurring work schedule overlaps with the usual sleep episode. Clinicians can download and print this fact sheet, which provides tips for patients who participate in shift work.