Sleeping well means more to our overall well-being than simply avoiding irritability.
"A lack of sleep can contribute to depression," Dr. Jean says. "A good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep."
If you think the long hours put in during the week are the cause of your anxiety or impatience, Dr. Rapoport warns that sleep cannot necessarily be made up during the weekend.
"If you sleep more on the weekends, you simply aren’t sleeping enough in the week," he says. "It’s all about finding a balance.
There is a striking contrast between the ’s poor performance on infant mortality, life expectancy, and amenable mortality and its relatively better performance on in-hospital mortality after heart attack or stroke. Researchers have noted that the only modest decline in the rate of amenable mortality in the . may be attributable to better management, once diagnosed, of hypertension and cerebrovascular disease that lead to cardiovascular mortality. 8 E. Nolte and C. M. McKee, “ In Amenable Mortality—Deaths Avoidable Through Health Care—Progress in the . Lags That of Three European Countries ,” Health Affairs Web First, published online Aug. 29, 2012. These findings highlight the combined impact of a lack of universal insurance coverage and barriers to accessing primary care, and suggest that the . could make gains by investing more in preventing chronic disease. The high level of inequity in the . health care system intensifies the problem. For the first time in decades, midlife mortality for less-educated Americans is rapidly increasing. 9 A. Case and A. Deaton, “ Rising Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife Among White Non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st Century ,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Dec. 8, 2015 112(49):15078–83.
A similar picture emerges for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (230 admissions per 100,000 population compared to an OECD average of 198, 2009). These outcomes can be improved through better health care. In a Commonwealth Fund survey of seven nations (Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States), 16 percent of American patients reported delays in being notified about an abnormal test result (the highest proportion reported) and only 75 percent of primary care physicians reported often or always receiving correspondence from specialists after referral suggesting systemic problems with care coordination.