Based in Washington, D.C., the National Sleep Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization committed to promoting sleep education for the improvement of health and overall well-being, explains its website. It consists of health care professionals specializing in sleep medicine, researchers and patients suffering from drowsy driving.
The National Sleep Foundation's membership includes around 900 health care facilities, according to its website. The organization conducts a Sleep in America poll every year.
Healthy sleep practices are key to improving an individual's quality of life, notes the foundation's website. To sleep properly, a person should maintain a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule, practice a calming activity before sleeping, and exercise on a daily basis. A comfortable, supportive mattress also promotes easier, more restful sleep.