This week is National Sleep Awareness Week, an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. About 37 percent of American adults report they sleep less than seven hours a night, although the National Sleep foundation suggests at least seven to nine hours. Getting less that seven hours of sleep increase the risk of unintentionally falling asleep during the day, falling asleep at the wheel, self-reported anxiety, depressive symptoms and frequent physical and mental stress. These findings highlight the need for public education about sleep. (source)
For more information about National Sleep Awareness Week activities in your area, check out http://www.sleepfoundation.org/.