01 June 2015

Sleep Health Related Awareness Events in June

Mens Health Month puts out the call that men need to address their medical issues, including those that cause problems with sleep health, such as smoking and drinking, overeating, and medical conditions such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which leads to heart disease, stroke, depression, hypertension, and diabetes if not treated; and REM Behavior Disorder (RBD), which is a potentially dangerous parasomnia which also be an early warning sign of Parkinson's Disease.

Great Outdoors Month celebrates America's natural spaces in a way that can be very good for sleep health. Human circadian rhythms are set by the seasons and the cycles of day and night, and our ability to function requires adequate exposure to natural sunlight during the day, followed by quality darkness at night as we sleep. If your sleep patterns are out of whack, one of the most pleasant ways to help reset them is to go camping for a couple of nights.

PTSD Awareness Month helps bring awareness to those who have suffered from trauma during childhood, in violent situations like car accidents or crimes, or while serving in military or service roles where traumatic events have occurred. Learn how PTSD can seriously disrupt sleep health here.

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month strives to help people understand how migraines and other forms of chronic headache can be potentially disabling. Research shows that migraines may be caused by sleep problems or sleep medications, and those who suffer from sleep-breathing disorders often encounter daily headaches upon awakening every morning. Sleep deprivation and insomnia are also conditions which lead to chronic and often debilitating headaches.