Sleep Health Day 2006 will take place Saturday, June 17, 2006, from 1 PM – 4 PM at LDS Hospital Auditorium in Salt Lake City. The event promotes health education and is aimed at making the public aware of the potential dangers of living with an untreated sleep disorder. Themed “Sleep Better—Be Your Best,” Sleep Health Day 2006 is sponsored locally by the Intermountain Sleep Disorders Center at LDS Hospital and the Sleep-Wake Center at the University of Utah. The event is open to the general public and admission is free.

“People need to wake up to the importance of sleep,” said Lawrence J. Epstein, MD, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “While the 24/7 nature of our society encourages around-the-clock access to activities and work, millions of Americans are suffering from a chronic sleep disorder that hinders their daily functioning and can increase risk for other serious health consequences such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, depression and stroke.”

Salt Lake City-area sleep specialists James Walker, MD, from the Intermountain Sleep Disorders Center at LDS Hospital, and Christopher Jones, MD, PhD, from the Sleep 7/8 Wake Center at the University of Utah, will discuss the latest research findings and treatment developments related to sleep and sleep disorders and will also answer questions from the audience. Representatives from national health organizations will also be on-hand to provide resources about sleep and sleep disorders. Visit http://www.sleepeducation.com to learn more.