Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. Sleep insufficiency may be caused by broad scale societal factors such as round-the-clock access to technology and work schedules, but sleep disorders such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also play an important role. An estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders.
A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control found that 35.3% of those surveyed reported having less than seven hours of sleep on average during a 24-hour period, 48.0% reported snoring, 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least 1 day in the preceding 30 days, and 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving in the preceding 30 days. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSleep/
At BMA we have an Insomnia Treatment Program which research has shown to be successful with most insomnia cases. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22265700. The treatment program is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy principles. The program is a structured 10 week program in which individuals are taught proper sleep hygiene and their sleep habits are systematically adjusted to establish a healthy pattern of sleep. Participants are screened for co-morbid problems such as anxiety or sleep apnea and referred for other types of treatment if necessary.