U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



Get Enough Sleep

A good night’s sleep is important for your health. Learn about small changes you can you make to get the sleep you need.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FAQs on Better Sleep

This site provides answers to the most frequently asked questions, including sound sleep, sleep problems, shopping for mattresses, children and sleep and more.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

Better Sleep Council

Interactive Sleep Quiz

Forty million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Take this 10-question sleep quiz to find out more about the myths and realities of sleep.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research - NCSDR
NHLBI Health Information Center

A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day is not part of normal aging. In fact, troubled sleep may be a sign of emotional or physical disorders and something you should talk about with a doctor or sleep specialist.

Review Date: April 30, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Awake at the Wheel Brochure for Students - (PDF)

Find out why you should stay out of the driver’s seat when you are short on sleep.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research - NCSDR
NHLBI Health Information Center

Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep

You may not realize that sleep is as essential for your well-being as food and water. Learn how much sleep you need, what sleep does for you, and get tips for a good night's sleep.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

Dealing with Jet Lag

Review these preventive measures to help relieve jet lag.

Review Date: February 22, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Find a Sleep Center

If you are having trouble sleeping or are feeling sleepy much of the time, you may have a sleep disorder. This page lists by state, sleep centers or labs accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Review Date: April 30, 2012

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Healthy Sleep: At a Glance

This easy-to-read fact sheet provides the latest science-based information about sleep, dispels common sleep myths, and provides practical tips for getting healthy sleep.

Review Date: March 04, 2011

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Most teens need at least 8½ hours of sleep each night. The right amount of sleep is essential for anyone who wants to do well on a test or play sports. Unfortunately, though, many teens don't get enough sleep. Here are some tips to help teens get the sleep they need.

Review Date: September 13, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Monitoring Your Child’s Sleep

Lack of sleep can make it difficult for young children to concentrate in school and can cause them to have problems working and playing with their peers. Read these tips to help make sure your child avoids sleep problems.

Review Date: February 01, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIHSeniorHealth: Sleep and Aging FAQ

This document covers the consequences of poor sleep for older adults, common sleep disorders, and more.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Sleep Changes in Older Adults

Answers to questions about the sleep patterns of the elderly -- including sleep changes, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, and solutions to sleeping better.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Sleeping Smart: Myths and Facts

Sleep is vital to our health and well-being, and is just as important as diet and exercise. Learn the facts about insomnia, sleep aids, and the importance of establishing a regular bedtime routine.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

National Sleep Foundation

Why Do I Need to Sleep?

Answers the question about why getting enough sleep is important for you to grow up healthy and strong.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep- (PDF)

This document describes the important role sleep plays in maintaining good health and optimal work and school performance. Tips are provided to help you avoid drowsy driving and to guide you toward a good night's sleep.

Review Date: July 19, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

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