Be a sleep activist: Ask healthcare providers to prioritize their own sleep

If you send enough messages, somebody with the power to make change may actually listen

The role of sleep activist isn’t so much about marches and speaking from a live pulpit with a bullhorn. So much of what we do to foster change begins with spreading education and awareness inside our institutions.

Something I wrote today (go directly to the comments page) in response to the post, “Health care organizations have to take better care of their employees,” by Dr. Suneel Dhand, from the KevinMD blog via MedPageToday.

From the editorial post:

“Over the last year, in addition to my hospital work, I’ve also practiced preventive medicine and wellness in an outpatient setting and got to meet hundreds of people from all walks of life and occupations. Many of them work for large companies that are actively promoting health and well-being among employees. Hearing stories about how their organizations have numerous programs to encourage healthy eating and regular activity (including even having friendly competitions among employees), has got me thinking: Why aren’t health care organizations doing the same thing en masse? Surely if there was one industry that should be leading this charge, it should be health care?”

My response (the only references to sleep at all come from my comment, by the way):

Of course, I could have added that poor sleep is is thought to be one of the bigger causes for obesity among hospital workers, not to mention chronic conditions like diabetes and cancer.

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