March is National Sleep Awareness Month and even contains World Sleep Day. World Sleep Day looks to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held on the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox each year. World Sleep Day 2020 is on Friday, March 13.

People all over the country are talking about and celebrating these holidays. Forbes is showcasing hotels with unique sleep-promoting amenities, Ikea is hosting sleepovers, and even an Olympic athlete is raising awareness about better sleep practices. But why do so many people care?

Sleep impacts every aspect of daily life, for every person. Good sleep habits can drastically improve one’s health and overall well-being. People who don’t get enough sleep each night are putting themselves more at risk to suffer from:

  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular Problems

Not sure how much sleep you really need to feel well rested? Here are the CDC’s recommendations, based on age group:

  • Newborn (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
  • Infant (4-12 months): 12-16 hours, including naps
  • Toddler (1-2 years): 11-14 hours, including naps
  • Preschool (3-5 years): 10-13 hours, including naps
  • School Age (6-12 years): 9-12 hours
  • Teen (13-18 years): 8-10 hours
  • Adult (18-60): 7 or more hours
  • Adults (61-64): 7-9 hours
  • Adult (65+): 7-8 hours

An estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from a chronic sleep or wakefulness disorder, which can impair functioning and increase the risk of injury and various chronic conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease (Maternal and Child Health Bureau). The CDC lists 4 common sleep disorders as: insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, and sleep apnea. If you’re having trouble with falling asleep, staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, or snoring, you may have symptoms of a sleep disorder that is impacting your health. A healthcare provider or specialist in sleep medicine should evaluate your potential for sleep disorders in order to provide proper treatment.