Better Sleep Month is aimed to encourage people to establish better sleeping patterns. Inadequate sleep can lead to an increase in blood pressure and stress hormone production. Ehe body can also become stressed when it does not get enough sleep.
More than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea. In the 2005 Sleep in America poll, 8% of respondents experienced or had been observed having pauses in their breathing during sleep at least three nights per week. Adults in the poll were also given the Berlin questionnaire, a standardized test assessing risk for sleep apnea. Based on the questionnaire, 26% of all poll respondents were at risk.