Public Sleep Health Education
NSF educates the public about sleep health in content that appears through online, print, and broadcast media. NSF created sleepfoundation.org and sleep.org as leading platforms for public education on sleep health, sleep science, and healthy behaviors. Sleepfoundation.org won the Award of Excellence and sleep.org won the Award of Distinction in the general website non-profit category at the annual Communicator Awards judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. In 2019, NSF and Health Forward Media (HFM) came together to advance NSF’s sleep health content in combination with HFM’s online expertise to prepare these sites globally for the future. HFM now owns and operates sleepfoundation.org and sleep.org, but NSF’s award-winning, branded content still appears on these websites as well as other websites, including NSF’s drowsydriving.org, sleepforkids.org and sleephealthjournal.org. NSF’s commitment to public sleep health education is clearly branded on electronic, print, and broadcast media.
The annual Sleep Awareness Week celebrates sleep health and encourages the public to prioritize sleep to improve their overall health and well-being. The national campaign provides valuable information about the benefits of optimal sleep and how sleep affects health, well-being, and safety. The week begins with the release of the results of NSF’s annual Sleep in America® poll. NSF will also release the results of the quarterly Sleep Health Index®. The campaign typically occurs when Daylight Savings Time begins in the spring.
NSF declares Drowsy Driving Prevention Week each fall to bring heightened awareness to the perils of driving while sleep-deprived. Its national outreach effort aims to reduce the number of drivers who decide to drive sleep-deprived — responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually — through accessible research and communications tools which are found on drowsydriving.org.
NSF is proud of its robust healthcare professional education program. Physicians and allied health care professionals can take free, on-demand Continuing Medical Education (CME) and non-CME courses on the Sleep Learning Zone™. NSF is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ACCME awarded NSF with the Accreditation with Commendation designation in recognition of its educational excellence.
NSF publishes The Sleep Disorders™, a sleep primer for primary care physicians and non-sleep specialists authored originally by Dr. Peter Hauri. Dr. Hauri pioneered the sleep field with his research on advancing the seminal understanding and treatment of insomnia.
Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation®
Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation (“Sleep Health”) is NSF’s award-winning, peer-reviewed academic journal. It is an international forum for multi-disciplinary, sleep health research.
In 2016 the Association of American Publishers awarded Sleep Health the PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology, and Medicine.
NSF consensus panels employ state-of-the-art methods and practices and publish official NSF Guidelines and Recommendations.
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Sleep Duration Recommendations
In 2015 NSF published the results of a world-class, research study on sleep duration recommendations. NSF convened an expert panel of 18 leading scientists and researchers tasked with updating the official sleep duration recommendations.
The panelists included representatives from leading organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Anatomy, American College of Chest Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Geriatrics Society, American Neurological Association, American Physiological Society, American Psychiatric Association, American Thoracic Society, Gerontological Society of America, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, and Society for Research in Human Development.
Sleep Satisfaction Report
In 2018 NSF published its Sleep Satisfaction Report identifying key elements of sleep satisfaction. The report was written by an international expert consensus panel. In conjunction with the report, NSF developed the Sleep Satisfaction Tool™ to measure the subjective reporting of sleep.
Sleep Quality Report
NSF convened a panel of experts to provide recommendations and guidance to the public regarding indicators of good sleep quality across the life-span. The key findings report have been endorsed by the American Association for Anatomists, American Academy of Neurology, American Physiological Society, Gerontological Society of America, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, Society for Research in Human Development, and Society for Women’s Health Research.
NSF developed Sleep Health Index, the foremost index for large or small population groups to understand sleep health. It measures sleep health at a global group or at an individual level. It was created with the help of sleep experts and public opinion research experts. It is composed of three sub-component scales: sleep duration, sleep quality, and sleep disorders. The Index is fielded quarterly with over 20,000 responses.
Sleep in America® Poll
The Sleep in America poll is the NSF’s premier annual review of current sleep topics. The poll was first conducted in 1991 and has been produced since 2018 by Langer Research Associates. For the last thirty years, the NSF has released its Sleep in America poll with the start of Daylight Saving Time. Information on past polls are published in Sleep Health.
SleepLife app is NSF’s proprietary sleep tool to help users track sleeping hours, provide sleep time recommendations and compare their sleep with that of other users. The app is available on the App Store.
Sleep Monitoring Standards
In 2014 NSF together with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) began developing standards for sleep technology. As a result, the R6.4 WG1 Sleep Monitors Group was established, composed of sleep experts and technology manufacturers. Since 2016, the Sleep Monitors Group published the following reports: