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Lynn Institute Embarks on Year-Long Sleep Awareness Campaign

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Events begin during National Sleep Awareness Week March 7-13

 

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The Lynn Institute plans to increase awareness of the importance of sleep over the next year beginning with National Sleep Awareness Week March 713.

National Sleep Awareness Week, a national program initiative through the National Sleep Foundation, which the Lynn Institute is a member, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep.

The week begins with the announcement of the Sleep in America poll results and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, where Americans lose one hour of sleep.

The Sleep in America poll results show that a significant number of Americans aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need and are looking for coping mechanisms.

The poll also shows that although different among age groups, the use of technology in the hour before bedtime is a strong influencer in the quality of sleep. To view a complete summary of the poll, visit http://www.sleepfoundation.org.

For National Sleep Awareness Week the Lynn Institute will host a Health Fair at Leadership Square in Oklahoma City Friday, March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to ask sleep-related questions and will also be given a prize from the Lynn Institute.

“Americans have been gradually losing sleep over the last 50 years,” said Dr. William Orr, President and CEO of the Lynn Institute. “We hope to bring awareness during the next year to the health issues caused due to lack of sleep.”

The Lynn Health Science Institute is currently enrolling in several studies, including a study on the effects of severe sleep insomnia vs. alcohol intake in senior citizens, as well as a study on the correlation between sleep apnea, obesity and indigestion.

For more information about the Lynn Institute’s sleep awareness studies or the National Sleep Awareness Week Health Fair, contact the Lynn Institute at (405) 602-3939 or follow on Facebook and Twitter (@LynnInstitute).

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