Goal: Improve health, productivity, well-being, quality of life, and safety by helping people get enough sleep.

About 1 in 3 adults — and even more adolescents — don’t get enough sleep, which can affect their health and well-being.1,2 Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping people get enough sleep, treating sleep disorders, and decreasing drowsy driving.

People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have health problems like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer. They’re also more likely to have trouble at work or school. In addition, about 100,000 motor vehicle crashes every year in the United States are related to drowsy driving.3 Improving sleep habits and sleep environments can help people stay healthy and safe.

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea also negatively affect people’s health and safety, and many adults who have a sleep disorder don’t get the treatment they need. Raising awareness about sleep disorders can help people recognize symptoms and get the help they need.

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References

1.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Short Sleep Duration Among US Adults. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html

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Wheaton, A.G., Everett Jones, S., Cooper, A.C., & Croft, J.B. (2018). Short Sleep Duration Among Middle School and High School Students — United States, 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 67(3), 85-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6703a1

3.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (n.d.). Drowsy Driving. Retrieved from https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drowsy-driving