American Thoracic Society issues recommendations on healthy sleep

June 15, 2015

The American Thoracic Society has released a policy statement with recommendations for clinicians and the general public on achieving good quality sleep and getting an adequate quantity of sleep.

"Sleep plays a vital role in human health, yet there is a lack of sufficient guidance on promoting good sleep health," said Sutapa Mukherjee, MBBS, PhD, chair of the committee that produced the statement. "In this statement, with an eye towards improving public health, we address the importance of good quality sleep with a focus on sleep health in adults and children; the effects of work schedules on sleep; the impact of drowsy driving; and the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia."

The statement is published in the June 15 issue of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Major conclusions and key recommendations of the statement include:

"These recommendations are based on a comprehensive review of the literature and the experience of a panel of clinicians and scientists with expertise in sleep health," said Atul Malhotra, MD, president of the American Thoracic Society and a member of the team that produced the statement. "They provide an important framework for promoting healthy sleep on a wide scale, which would in turn generate a number of additional health and other benefits."
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About the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine:

With an impact factor of 11.986, the AJRRCM is a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Thoracic Society. It aims to publish the most innovative science and the highest quality reviews, practice guidelines and statements in the pulmonary, critical care and sleep-related fields.

Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. The Society's 15,000 members prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care and advocacy.

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