Sleep Groups Promote Solutions for Insomnia
When sleep doesn't happen, bad things can happen
For many Americans, sleep is an elusive state even in the best of times. The global pandemic and national and world events have only exacerbated the causes of insomnia, which are often linked to stress and anxiety.
In an effort to raise awareness about insomnia, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) and the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS) will host Insomnia Awareness Night, beginning Monday, June 22, at 9 p.m. EDT, to highlight effective treatments to help people with chronic insomnia.
Insomnia is a pervasive problem in the U.S. According to AASM, SBSM and AAHS:
- 30 to 35 percent of Americans have brief symptoms of insomnia
- 15 to 20 percent have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months
- 10 percent have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week for at least three months
- Insomnia can also have a negative impact on health by increasing the risk of depression and high blood pressure. Common symptoms of insomnia include an inability to focus or concentrate, poor memory, low motivation and increased errors or accidents.
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