Doctor Offers Five Surprising Sleep/Health Facts for National Sleep Awareness Week

Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, MD, inventor of insomnia solution SleepPhones, offers five health benefits of sleep that may not be common knowledge.

March 5-13 is the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Awareness Week. Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, MD, says such events are helpful in raising some much-needed awareness about the necessity of a good night’s sleep. “More than 20 percent of Americans suffer from chronic sleep loss or untreated sleep disorders like insomnia,” Dr. Lai said.


Dr. Lai is a family doctor and founder/CEO of AcousticSheep LLC, the makers of SleepPhones, a product that she invented. SleepPhones combine a soft comfortable headband with thin speakers to enable users to fall asleep to music or other soothing sounds. As a medical expert, Dr. Lai knows the health value of a good night of peaceful slumber, including some sleep health facts that may be surprising. She offered the following five surprising sleep health facts to keep in mind during Sleep Awareness week:


-The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes 100,000 crashes each year with over 1,500 deaths and 70,000 injuries.


-A recent study found that not sleeping for 24 hours is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .10, beyond the legal limit for alcohol intoxication.


-Need to lose weight? Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Poor sleep can cause weight gain.


-Lack of sleep may contribute to attention deficit disorder, especially among children.


-Relaxing music can help those who can’t sleep in hot weather.


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