Nurse Practitioners Encourage Americans to Improve Sleep Habits for Better Health

In recognition of Sleep Awareness Week™, April 23-30, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) urges patients to prioritize their sleep to improve their overall health and well-being.

According to National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the most recent findings from its Sleep Health Index ® (SHI) show that more than four in ten Americans reported that their daily activities were significantly impacted by poor or insufficient sleep at least once during the past seven days. Adequate sleep improves memory, strengthens the ability to focus and learn, increases productivity, reduces hunger, and boosts the immune system.

“With more than 80 million people suffering from sleep deprivation and another 50-70 million with a sleep disorder, patients need to prioritize quality sleep and seek out their health care provider if they are struggling to sleep,” says AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP. “Sleep affects everything from chronic pain, recovery from disease, weight management and the risk of heart disease. As health care professionals who see and treat millions of patients, we recommend establishing a sleep schedule, avoiding nicotine, alcohol and caffeine, getting regular exercise, and taking steps to manage stress. AANP encourages efforts by the National Sleep Foundation to advocate for better sleep so people have the tools they need to live healthier and more productive lives.”

“Research consistently shows that adequate, quality sleep directly and positively affects mental, physical and emotional well-being”, says National Sleep Foundation Chairman Max Hirshkowitz. “NSF’s #SleepBetterFeelBetter campaign shines a light on the importance of sleep health toward improved productivity, mood and overall health.”