National Sleep Awareness Week is March 27-April 2

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a nonprofit organization that promotes public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, is sponsoring "Wake Up Call 2000: National Sleep Awareness Week" from March 27-April 2. In addition, the American Sleep Apnea association is holding its second annual National Sleep Apnea Awareness Day on March 27.

As part of the week's activities, NSF will host special sleep awareness activities on Capitol Hill to target staffers and members of Congress with important sleep education and information. These activities include a number of informational exhibits, such as an educational session on the dangers of sleep deprivation (presented by sleep expert William C. Dement, MD, PhD).

In addition, Dennis Holland, PhD, director of Alertness Management Programs at Union Pacific Railroad, will speak at the National Sleep Awareness Week press conference on March 28, and identify what can be done to address fatigue in the workplace.

NSF will also partner with USA Today to host a toll-free telephone hotline staffed with sleep experts. Callers can ask sleep-related questions. The hotline will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 28. The phone number will be printed in that day's newspaper.

The morning of March 28, NSF will release its 2000 Sleep in America poll. This year's poll promises to reveal interesting trends about sleepiness and productivity in the workplace, as well as drowsy driving statistics. The poll will be available on the NSF website at: www.sleepfoundation.org.

The American Sleep Apnea Association, a cooperative co-sponsor of National Sleep Awareness Week 2000, is planning a National Sleep Apnea Awareness Day during NSAW. For more information, visit their website at: www.sleepapnea.org.

Established in 1990, the National Sleep Foundation relies on corporate and individual donations, and partnerships with corporations and government, to fund its many educational and research programs.

The ASAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by the disorder.

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