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Sleep is an essential part of life. It is a physiological function that helps the body to recharge and restore itself to create better days ahead. As a community it is important to focus collectively on the three pillars of health as nutrition and fitness alone are not enough. Sleep plays a vital role in optimal health. The Community Health Assessment of Erie County reports that over 60% of the population in this area are obese. Also that the statistics for adolescent obesity has tripled in the past few decades. This is a huge area of concern as we are seeing a rise in medical conditions generally seen in older adults, such as diabetes manifesting themselves in our child population. Obesity also increases the risk of developing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder characterized by brief involuntary breathing pauses during sleep. These breathing pauses cause awakenings throughout the night, making it impossible to obtain a deep, restorative night of sleep.
As part of our commitment to educational outreach we offer presentations on all areas of sleep health inclusive of behavioral and medical sleep issues addressing age, gender and disparities in minority health. Race/ethnicity is one factor (or set of factors) that may affect sleep health. Previous studies have suggested that the racial/ethnic minorities are more likely to experience sleep disturbances and sleep patterns that are associated with adverse health outcomes. If you are interested in having us speak at your organization please contact us to learn more.