The month of March has become, officially or unofficially, the month dedicated to sleep. It makes sense. For a long time and coincident with the vernal equinox we collectively (except for Arizona) adjust our clocks forward an hour to allow for an additional "hour" of daylight at the end of the work day. This adjustment occurs when we are, or should be, sleeping.
Our colleagues at the National Sleep Foundation designated the week before the time change National Sleep Awareness Week(r) and use that time to release an annual poll regarding a sleep issue.
This year, unlike previous years, there were several other important information releases during the month that bear mentioning.
On March 1st, the American Thoracic Society released a long awaited report on research priorities for ambulatory management of adults with obstructive sleep apnea. What is significant is that collaborating on the report are three of the principal medical societies responsibility for diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, plus the European Respiratory Society. Having everyone rowing in the same direction can only help improve the care of those with sleep apnea - here in the United States and Europe.