March 8 -14, 2020 is Sleep Awareness Week. This annual event hosted by The National Sleep Foundation raises awareness of sleep health and encourages individuals to prioritize sleep health to maintain and improve overall well-being.
It’s estimated that people spend about one-third of their time sleeping. Getting enough quality sleep is essential to maintaining brain function as well as overall health. Research suggests that lack of sleep has a negative impact on the body and can result in high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Sleep is essential to maintaining brain health; research suggests that the neural activity that occurs during sleep removes toxins from the brain that build up during the day. 1
Sleep disruptions, such as nightmares, insomnia and apnea, can be the most burdensome aspects of living with brain disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). To improve sleep, researchers must measure it. Our digital health platform SleepWell is a research-based program for the improvement of methods to measure sleep and develop precision therapeutics that are user-friendly, cost-effective and reliable. Learn more about our SleepWell program.