This Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EST, U.S. News will host a Twitter on sleep health and sleep disorders. I am co-leading this event along with @USNewsHealth, @nih_nhlbi,
@NIOSH, @CDCChronic, @REMRunner and @PennMedNews.
Join the conversation: http://tweetchat.com/room/sleephealth (use hashtag #sleephealth)
When: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. EST.
Why: Between 50 and 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders, which include narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, circadian sleep disorders, and sleep deprivation. Sleep disorders are linked to a growing number of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. And consider that 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes each year are likely caused by drowsy driving, according to the NIH’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. During the #sleephealth chat, we’ll discuss exactly how much sleep you need each night, dig into the most common disorders, explain when you need to see a doctor – and much more.
Please join to ask questions to the expert panel! Many people are suffering with undiagnosed sleep disorders like narcolepsy. This is an important first step towards doctors and patients recognizing symptoms and taking steps to improve wakefulness for all.
Watch National Sleep Walk 2013 Video: