Although many primary care physicians view sleep health as an important aspect of patient care, recent survey data show that they often feel uncomfortable diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, Healio reports.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that sleep issues have increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Russell Rosenberg, PhD, D.ABSM, sleep specialist and former chair of the Board of the National Sleep Foundation.

“It’s important for physicians to focus on sleep as a problem,” he said in an interview. “They often have short periods of time to address this, but I want every health care provider and individual to take sleep seriously. Sleep — while its primary function is widely recognized to resolve sleepiness — is important for good health.”

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