From eNewsletter 8/18/2021
DID YOU KNOW that a new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine emphasizes that sleep is a biological necessity, and insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders are detrimental for health, well-being, and public safety? Data show that 34.1% of children, 74.6% of high school students, and 32.5% of adults in the U.S. fail to get a sufficient duration of sleep on a regular basis. Published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the statement notes that sleep is vital for health and well-being in children, adolescents, and adults. There is a significant need for greater emphasis on sleep health in education, clinical practice, inpatient and long-term care, public health promotion, and the workplace. One excerpt from the statement is significant: "Healthy sleep is as important as proper nutrition and regular exercise for our health and well-being, and sleep is critical for performance and safety." Finally, the authors implore that by 2030:
Sleep education should have a prominent place in K-12 and college health education, medical school and graduate medical education, and educational programs for other health professionals.
Clinicians should routinely inquire about sleep habits and symptoms of sleep and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders during patient encounters, and hospitals and long-term care facilities should optimize sleep conditions.
Healthy sleep should be targeted by public health and workplace interventions to improve health-related outcomes, and behaviors that help people attain healthy sleep should be actively promoted.
More sleep and circadian research is needed to further elucidate the importance of sleep for public health and the contributions of insufficient sleep to health disparities.
Wellness First Aid Kit for College Students College students should have these on hand. These are general recommendations and should be individualized. For Every Day Use
Intestinal and Oral Probiotic (to balance gut and nasopharynx microflora)
Magnesium Glycinate (anxiety and stress)
Monolaurin 600 mg (infection preventive)
Vitamin D3 1000 - 5000IU (immune system support)