“I slept like a baby—I woke up every 2 hours and cried” is a popular joke, but the consequences of poor and inadequate sleep are not a laughing matter. About 50 to 70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder, says the CDC, and sleep deprivation is a growing public health issue. Persons with sleep insufficiency are more likely to have chronic diseases—hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity—and a variety of other health problems, including cancer and increased mortality. And, quality of life and productivity are diminished.
Click through the slides above for a fast refresher on some key facts about sleep and sleep deprivation and then share them with your patients.