The Sleep Health topic area and objectives that were in Healthy People 2020 have been included by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the proposed structure for Healthy People 2030. Healthy People focuses on critical health promotion and disease prevention topics, establishing critical public health priorities by addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality.

The four core objectives in the proposed Sleep Health topic area are:

  • Reduce the rate of vehicular crashes that are due to drowsy driving
  • Increase the proportion of persons with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea who seek medical evaluation
  • Increase the proportion of adults who get sufficient sleep
  • Increase the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who get sufficient sleep

The proposed plan does not include any developmental objectives or research objectives in the Sleep Health topic area. According to HHS, Healthy People 2020 comprised more than 1,200 objectives in 42 topic areas. In contrast, Healthy People 2030 will be a streamlined set of national health objectives to support a more specific and targeted initiative in the next decade.

HHS is inviting public comments on Healthy People 2030 through Jan. 17, 2019.