Compared to other health indicators, sleep is the most important.
A study presented at SLEEP 2022 found that a community’s sleep health is the most important health predictor of children’s chances for success and positive growth.
Researchers combined data from the Child Opportunity Index, which provides indices for education, health and the environment, as well as social and economic resources and conditions that affect children’s development, with nearby sleep health data collected by the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention.
Among a number of health variables, the study found that sleep quality was the best predictor of opportunities for children in an area, explaining 57.2 percent of the variation in the worldwide Child Opportunity Index score. In addition, the Child Opportunity Index, which is composed of scores for ‘educational’, ‘health and environment’ and ‘social and economic’, showed that community-level sleep health was the most important predictor of each individual component.
“The most surprising thing we found in this study was that not only was a neighborhood’s sleep health a strong predictor of every element that makes up the Child Opportunity Index, but it was the most important predictor compared to other metrics of neighborhood health. said lead author Suzanne Gorovoy, who has a PhD in psychology and is a postdoctoral research associate in behavioral sleep medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
The CDC’s statistics include information about the population of each census and the expected percentage of people who slept at least seven hours a night. Other health indicators assessed were the availability of health insurance, the frequency of annual physical or dental exams, preventive care for older adults, leisure activities, mammography, Pap testing and the prevalence of diseases and behaviors such as arthritis, binge drinking, hypertension and smoking.
When all other health variables were taken into account, tooth loss (an additional 15.5%), health insurance (an additional 3.0%) and asthma (an additional 1.4%) were the next three largest contributors to the Child Opportunity Index.
The findings suggest that public health efforts focused on community-level sleep health could have a disproportionate benefit in helping that community’s children develop in a healthy way. The study also supports the AASM’s view that sleep is essential for health.
“When neighborhoods were surveyed in proportion to the percentage getting the recommended amount of sleep, as well as the levels of a wide variety of other metrics, it was sleep that outperformed them all in terms of its ability to measure that neighborhood’s Child Opportunity Index.” predict,” said Gorovoy. “In fact, sleep health alone overlaps the overall index by more than 50%. That means a neighborhood’s sleep health is an extremely powerful indicator of that neighborhood’s ability to provide good educational experiences, healthy and safe environments, and social support.
Reference: “0074 Neighborhood Level Sleep Health and Childhood Index Probability at the Census Tract Level: Comparison with Other Health Indicators” by Suzanne Gorovoy, Sydney Phan, Tommy Begay, Dora Valencia, Lauren Hale, William Killgore, Chloe Wills, and Michael Grandner, May 25 2022, SLEEP.