Only 49 percent of Americans report getting a good night’s sleep every night or almost every night. Almost three in four report less than eight hours of weeknight sleep, and 40 percent report less than seven hours on average.

Yet, professionals recommend eight hours.

This can be a serious problems, particularly for construction workers and others in high-risk jobs.  If you’re one of the many who is not getting enough sleep, you may want to check out the wave of sleep information that will come out this month with National Sleep Awareness Week, March 27 to April 2, sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). The week is timed to coincide with the return of Daylight Savings Time at 2:00 am on April 2.

This year’s theme is “Sleep: As Important as Diet and Exercise (Only Easier!).”

The week will feature a March 27-28 workshop in Washington, DC on sleep and obesity and the Night of a Thousand Dreams Gala on March 27. More information on these events, as well as guidance on how you may become involved in sleep activities in your own community, is available at the NSF website.