Healthy Sleep

Proper sleep plays a major role in overall health throughout the lifespan. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, diabetes, and stroke. Recognizing and addressing sleep health issues presents opportunities for enhancing public health, and improving the well-being of the population.


Sleep Awareness Week — March 6–12, 2016

Sleep Awareness Week, the National Sleep Foundation’s annual campaign to educate the public about the importance of sleep in health and safety, will be observed March 6–12, 2016. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep ≥7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. However, 35% of U.S. adults report typically sleeping <7 hours.

CLICK HERE for general information about sleep and sleep disorders is available from CDC.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Sleep Disorders Center

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Sleep Disorders Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, is a six-bed facility that has proudly served Northern New England for over 30 years. It is a multi-disciplinary program involving physicians and healthcare professionals from the fields of Psychiatry, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine, Polysomnography, and Respiratory Therapy.

In addition, the Sleep Disorders Center has a Sleep Medicine Fellowship program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which trains physicians from different disciplines in all aspects of sleep medicine.


Turn off lights and screens for better sleep (and happier parents!)

Signs of sleep deprivation and why you need to make sleep a priority

By Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, PhD and Glen P. Greenough, MD


See below for a recent publication on sleep, featuring the work of HPRCD's Director, Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD.

TXT me I'm only sleeping: adolescents with mobile phones in their bedroom
Fam Community Health, Oct.-Dec. 2014;vol. 37(4): pp 252-257