Public Health Goals for Sleep
Public health goals for sleep include the following:
- Sleep becomes established as a consideration for public health programs. All federal, state and local programs are evaluated for assessment of their relation to improved sleep hygiene, sleep disorders and related considerations.
- Medical education and healthcare training provide a fundamental understanding of sleep and its contributions to health, performance and quality of life. All healthcare professions learn to assess for sleep restriction and sleep disorders and to actively intervene to prevent or treat them, including by effective referral.
- All citizens are educated about sleep and sleep disorders through the high school level and regularly offer information about these and related topics such as the prevention of drowsy driving.
- Major institutions including schools and the workplace schedule their functions in accordance with principles of sleep health as much as principles of public health govern their practices in regard to waste disposal or other public or environmental health functions.
- Healthcare insurers and providers support programs and clinical practices that encourage good sleep health and assess for sleep restriction and sleep disorders.
- Sleep research is supported with training programs sufficient to establish a meaningful cadre of investigators and sleep research is integrated throughout bio-medical science.
- Major public health surveillance surveys and data collection efforts include sleep questions as a component.