Eye-Opening News about Sleep Disorders

By Szadkowski, Joe | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), April 2, 2000 | Go to article overview

Eye-Opening News about Sleep Disorders


Szadkowski, Joe, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


The venerable Benjamin Franklin had the right idea when he wrote, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise." Unfortunately, according to the National Sleep Foundation, one out of three American adults lose more than 20 hours of sleep each month leading to increased highway fatalities, lack of productivity and general grumpiness.

This nonprofit group stays awake at nights trying to help the average human get a better night's sleep. So, before nodding off at a computer terminal, take a look at its Web site, loaded with ways to get an extra 40 winks.

NATIONAL SLEEP FOUNDATION

Site address: www.sleepfoundation.org

Creator: The National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the District, promotes public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders. The foundation also supports sleep-related education, research and advocacy to improve public health and safety.

Established in 1990, the group relies on corporate and individual donations, and partnerships with corporations and government, to fund its many educational and research programs.

Creator quotable: "The NSF is devoted to improving public health and safety by educating Americans about the essential role of healthy, sufficient sleep for optimum mental and physical function," says Kierstan Boyd, communications manager for the National Sleep Foundation.

"We accomplish this mission by teaching the public about the importance of sufficient sleep and the dangers of unrecognized, untreated sleep disorders, and through funding sleep research and advocating for sleep-friendly public policy," she says.

Word from the Webwise: The National Sleep Foundation's site may cause some visitors to doze off due to a bit of blandness. The primarily text-heavy creation uses drab color schemes, boring illustrations and limited navigability in presenting some very important information such as the report "Helping Yourself to a Good Night's Sleep."

Located under the "Publications" section and with a link from the National Sleep Awareness Week page, the report concisely outlines ways to get the most out of a nighttime snooze. Everything from wearing ear plugs to fluid intake to proper humidity is discussed. Writers and reviewers credits are listed at the bottom of the page.

For the first-time visitor, I suggest starting at the "Press Archives" to get a quick overview on any new developments coming out of the foundation. Most releases are accompanied by links that send visitors all over the site to interesting pockets of information.

For example, a release titled "Time Limits in Rest Areas Put Tired Drivers Back on the Road" discusses Virginia's two-hour limit at rest areas and contains a link to "Facts About Drowsy Drivers. …

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