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Sleep: Why It's Vital to Your Health

Jose Colon, MD, MPH

Learning Objective

Enhance your understanding of the connections between nutrition, weight, and sleep.

  • Sleep health is not commonly included in most medical school curriculum.
  • Males between the ages of 30-60 years have a 25% incidence of sleep apnea.
  • Chronic insomnia affects 30-40% of the population.
  • Medications are not first line therapy for insomnia.
  • Narcolepsy symptoms typically begin a decade before one receives an appropriate diagnosis.
  • Sleep deprivation leads directly to weight gain.
  • Sleep-related fatigue is estimated to cost businesses ~$150 billion a year.