Updated March 31, 1998

Mr. Dingell submitted the following concurrent resolution:
which was referred to the Committee on _____________


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Calling for better awareness and use of federally-supported research findings on the social and economic costs of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders.

Whereas the National Sleep Foundation has found that untreated sleep disorders and chronic sleepiness is estimated to cost American families and businesses more than $100,000,000,000 per year in lost productivity and opportunity;

Whereas sleepiness has been identified as the cause ora contributing factor in a growing number of on-the-job and industrial accidents;

Whereas the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 motor vehicle crashes aare caused by fatigued drivers each year causing 1,500 fatalities, 71,000 injuries, and $12,000,000,000 in economic losses;

Whereas national surveys find that 52 percent of all adults report having driven while impaired by drowsiness;

Whereas few States have developed programs to educate the public about the dangers of sleep deprivation while on the road or at work;

Whereas national surveys show that Americans are chronically sleep deprived, with an estimated 63,000,000 Americans suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness;

Whereas it is estimated that 40,000,000 Americans suffer from sleep disorders, 95 percent of which remain undiagnosed and untreated;

Whereas studies have concluded that the general public, policymakers, and doctors lack basic sleep knowledge about the symptoms of and the social and economic costs of sleep disorders.

Whereas the National Sleep Foundation is mobilizing an effort to raise public awareness of the public health risks caused by sleep disorders during National Sleep Awareness Week, which is March 30, 1998, through April 5, 1998: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House (the Senate concurring), That the Congress --

(1) encourage States and Federal agencies to use federally-sponsored research to develop educational programs to raise awareness of health professionals and the public about the dangers of sleep deprivation;

(2) calls for additional Federal research that would lead to proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders;

(3) urges Federal agencies to help facilitate the education of primary care practitioners in the proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders; and

(4) supports educational programs for researchers, accident investigators and law enforcement officials to identify transportation and workplace accidents caused by or related to fatigue or sleep deprivation.

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