U.S. News Twitter Chat on Sleep Health

Getting enough sleep is important for a slew of reasons. Leading experts will explain why.

Getting enough sleep is important for a slew of reasons. Leading experts will explain why.
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Do you get your seven to eight hours of shuteye each night? Do you even need that much? Next Wednesday, U.S. News will host a Twitter chat on sleep health to explore those questions and many more. Here's what you need to know.

Who: @USNewsHealth will join leading experts, including: @nih_nhlbi, @NIOSH, @CDCChronic, @RemRunner and @PennMedNews.

What: A live Twitter chat on sleep – and why it's important. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #sleephealth.

Where: http://tweetchat.com/room/sleephealth

When: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. EST.

Why: Between 50 and 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders, which include narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and sleep deprivation. That's worrisome because sleep disorders are linked to a growing number of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. And consider that 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes each year are likely caused by drowsy driving, according to the NIH's National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. During the #sleephealth chat, we'll discuss exactly how much sleep you need each night, dig into the most common disorders, explain when you need to see a doctor – and much more.

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