Editorial| Volume 3, ISSUE 4, P232-233, August 2017

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Indexing America's sleep health

      During my tenure with the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), I have strongly advocated for a sharp focus on sleep health. Other organizations already concentrate on sleep medicine and sleep research. Sleep health extends far beyond the absence of pathology. In the past several years, we revisited our sleep duration recommendations, made a first bold step to determine the elements of sleep quality, and began examining sleep satisfaction. Now we have created an instrument to index sleep health. This tool will provide an enduring metric for sleep health and deliver information about the general population's macro changes in sleep behaviors. It is unclear why it took this long to evolve. The reason may stem from clinical urgency to assess and treat unhealthy sleep (ie, where sleep health meets the need for sleep health care). Many of us work professionally and view sleep either from a vantage point built atop sleep medicine or from the reductionist perspective of a research laboratory. There is, however, a bigger picture.
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