VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Let VA Help With Sleep Debt
An estimated 70 million Americans experience chronic sleep debt and sleep disorders. Not getting adequate sleep can have a wide-ranging influence over our lives, including our dietary preferences, choice of leisure activities, job or school performance, emotions, and more.
During National Sleep Awareness Week (March 7 -13), VA Palo Alto Health Care System wants to remind everyone that sleep helps us to maintain our health.
It was once thought that sleep was just a block of time where the brain and body shut down. Thanks to many research studies over the past few decades, it was discovered that a number of vital tasks are carried out during sleep to keep you healthy and functioning at your best.
Luckily, there are many resources available within VAPAHCS to educate you on sleep as well as help to diagnose and cope with any sleep disorders. There are several classes available, such as the Improving Your Sleep workshop, as well as research studies addressing various sleep conditions. Contact your primary care provider to determine your eligibility for one of these resources.
You can also access the Healthy Living Center for Healthy Sleep on MyHealtheVet for tools to help you get back to sleeping right!