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.