Sleep – the Foundation of Good Health

AMWA celebrates Sleep Awareness Week® March 10-16 with the National Sleep Foundation and will continue to promote this initiative throughout the year because sleep is integral to the well-being of each person’s health, by they physicians, students, or patients.

The American Heart Association has added healthy sleep as part of its Life’s Essential 8™, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine includes sleep as one of its six pillars, and many sleep advocates are identifying sleep as a vital sign.


An Expert Panel Discusses Sleep in Women

Raina Gupta, MD, is dual board certified in sleep medicine and neurology. She is currently founder and CEO of Sleepologie Health and Wellness, in Chicago, IL, and she is working on research studies at Northwestern University that focus on children and parents with diverse sleep issues.  (Program Moderator)

Carolyn M. D’Ambrosio, MD, MS, FCCP, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.

Kin M. Yuen, MD, is a sleep medicine specialist at the University of California at San Francisco, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, and sleep medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Bilgay Izci Balserak, PhD, Associate professor at the Center for Sleep and Health Research at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. 


Presented in partnership with the Alliance of Sleep Apnea Partners

A Patient Voice on Sleep:  Use Your Voice

Kathy Page Shares Her Journey

After years trying to get help for her constant tiredness, Kathy connected with a sleep apnea group that evolved into the Alliance of Sleep Apnea Partners to help others who are seeking information and affirmation about how to get taken seriously to have her sleep issues addressed.

She had a hard time getting diagnosed and treated, which proved was more challenging given her rural location where there as only one sleep specialist. Once she finally started using a CPAP machine, she was surprised to realize that her husband found the machine less bothersome than the constant awakenings and snoring. She now knows that it is necessary to be vocal about her sleep issues to assure she can have better quality sleep, and ultimately, better health. She wants to remind everyone that their experience is not unique, they are not alone, and it’s so beneficial to find a support group.




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 2024 Sleep Awareness Theme® is Be Your Best Slept Self

Please promote these campaign graphics from the National Sleep Foundation.
Tag @SleepFoundation and @AMWADoctors (X, IG) using #SleepAwarenessWeek #SleepHealth #BestSleptSelf.

Learn about our 2023 and 2022 campaigns.



Understanding Sleep Health Equity

The National Sleep Foundation position paper on Sleep Health Equity can serve as a roadmap to help eliminate sleep disparities.

Impact of Sleep on Work Productivity 

Getting adequate sleep is important to optimize work productivity. Learn more.

Sleep in older adults

Sleep physiology and sleep patterns change with age.

Impact of Sleep on Social Interactions

Sleep can have a significant impact on social interactions and social interactions can also impact sleep habits.

Aberrant Sleep Cycles

What causes aberrant sleep cycles and how can we address these changes?

Narcolepsy is a rare, chronic neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control sleep-wake cycles.