With the start of Daylight Saving Time, it’s a sluggish day or more for lots of people this new week. The “spring forward” at 2 a.m. Sunday – the “lost” hour of rest – is prompting many to consider the need for adequate sleep.

CountingSheepFor millions of Americans, the lack of enough sleep is about more than an occasional tired day. Public health experts are urging people of all ages to get enough hours of sleep as necessary for sound health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified insufficient sleep as a public health epidemic associated with depression, weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, accidents and injuries; and other health issues. More than 25 percent of Americans report occasionally not getting enough sleep and almost 10 percent experience chronic insomnia, according to the CDC’s Sleep Home Page. The CDC promotes sleep hygiene, recommendations for making regular sleeping easier by the National Sleep Foundation.

Books on physiological aspects of sleep in the Cobb County Public Library System’s Adult Collection include:

The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest by Penelope A. Lewis, director of the Sleep and Memory Lab at the University of Manchester.

The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff

Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know by Rachel Moon, a publication of the American Academy Of Pediatrics, is among the books in the library collection on infants and sleep.

Non-fiction books in the library’s Juvenile Collection on the subject of sleep include:

All about Sleep from A to ZZZZ by Elaine Scott

How Do You Sleep? by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud

Counting Sheep: Why Do We Sleep? by Janice Lobb

Digital Resources: The Cobb County Public Library System’s Health database includes information on sleep and other health topics.

 

You Really Gotta Get Enough Sleep
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