Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and does not only consist in an absence of illness or disability. [Definition of the WHO, 1946]
The sleep medicine consultation comes down to four sorts of problems that concern 10 millions of French people (according to the press conference of the Minister of Health of January 22nd, 2007 ).
Learn to know the "somnications" that contribute to the control of the rhythms of sleep and vigilance.
This program follows the report on the state of sleep in France, that was handed in in the end of December, 2006.
(Read the health department’s press release of Dec 14th, 2006)
"The National Health Service will send documentation on the importance of sleep and the rules for sleeping well, to the whole of the insured, before the end of March.
A big campaign of communication will be launched in June, with the printing of documentation made by the INPES , at the disposal of people in drugstores and at health professionals’ offices. Radio announcements will incite the French to stop banalising their sleep disorders and talk about them with their family doctor.
Together with the interministerial delegation for road safety, a media campaign on sleepiness while driving will start at the same time. Actions at school and during driving licence training period will also be taken.
These actions of prevention and consciousness-raising will continue during the first six months of 2008 with a new campaign of the INPES"
To be continued ... (electoral promises ?)
Note of the website’s author : Sleepiness must not be mixed up with tiredness.
In France, sleepiness is mostly related to a chronic or acute sleep deprivation, in a society where it is necessary to adapt to the constraints of life rhythm.
"Man is the only animal taking on his sleep time to reproduce himself" said François Cavana (French humorist, born in 1923).
But, moreover, the modern world leaves little time over for rest (TV, Internet, night leasures and time for transports).
Yet, even if it is possible to learn to sleep less, it is impossible to diminish one’s need of sleep.
If the "energetic balance" is negative, the subject is led to doze and to suffer a reduction of his/her daytime performance.
But be careful, this does not concern the insomniac subjects who do suffer from an absence of sleepiness.
"Smg" offers you, here, an interactive screening questionnaire for sleep disorders : "clic the items for which you feel concerned" ... ... "your answers are compatible with the following problem(s)... you should mention those questions at your doctor’s office".
 the National Institute for Health Prevention and Education