Northwest NEWS

May 15, 2000

Home & Garden

Booklet may help sleepless Americans

   It is estimated that one-third to one-half of all Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder.

   Statistics show that one of the highest causes of automobile accidents are related to sleepiness, lack of concentration, and falling asleep behind the wheel. Not getting a good night's rest also contributes to poor work production, accidents, and impact on quality of life. It may also cost Americans 18 billion dollars in health care costs annually.

   The Sleep Research Institute in Washington, D.C. has revised their booklet, "Getting The Sleep You Need." The booklet gives information and suggestions on what to do when you can't sleep.

   "Many people have trouble sleeping and don't know where to turn for help," says Tor Stave, Assistant Director at The Institute. "We've published a booklet that can help them with their situation."

   Consumers can receive a copy by sending $5 to cover the cost of printing, postage, and handling to: Regional Fulfillment Center; Sleep Booklet #SL-950; P.O. Box 692624; Boston, MA 02269-2624. Consumers can also get this information from The Institute's Internet website, www.institute-dc.org.