World Sleep Day
World Sleep Day is celebrated on March 16th of this year. It is an annual observance that falls on the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox. None of us hates sleeping as it is one of the best daily routine activity next to eating. We spend almost about one-third of our daily time in sleeping, and a good sound sleep will make you feel fresh, energetic, brisk and beautiful. Sleeping will let all your body parts to go for rest. But for various reason, most of us don’t sleep properly, and thus it results in different sleeping disorders. It includes insomnia, sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome. World Sleep Day is an annual observance intended to be a celebration of the sleep and is a call to action on the important issues related to sleep.
“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama
History of World Sleep Day
The World Sleep Day (WSD) has been in celebration since the year 2008. World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society organize this Day. World Sleep Society was founded by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) along with the World Sleep Federation (WSF). The international celebration Day for sleep aims to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep. It also aims to promote sleep disorders prevention and management by drawing the society attention to the burden of sleep problems. The annual event is intended to call to action on critical issues related to sleep including the medicine, education and social aspects.
The WSD also focuses on bringing awareness to the many burdens of sleep problems on society which constitute a global epidemic and threaten health and quality of life for as much as 45 percent of the world’s population. WSD will publicly display all the efforts being taken toward the prevention and management of sleep disorders. WSD members have been actively spreading the awareness of sleep issues in various forms. It includes special events, workshops, distributing booklets and pamphlets on sleep, translating materials, hosting school events, press conferences, securing media coverage, local television and radio appearances around every part of the world.
The WSD of the World Sleep Society raises awareness of the sleep disorders and preventability through WSD. Its fundamental mission is to advance the sleep health globally by promoting and encouraging education, research and patient care everywhere in the World. In particular, World Sleep Society is working in those parts of the globe where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed. World Sleep Society is currently representing individual members, societies, and is also organizes the World Sleep Congress every other year. World Sleep Society is presently serving over 823 individual members and 26 societies from 64 countries.
Slogans of World Sleep Day
- Sleep Well, Live Fully Awake – March 14, 2008
- Drive Alert, Arrive Safe – March 20, 2009
- Sleep Well, Stay Healthy – March 19, 2010
- Sleep Well, Grow Healthy – March 18, 2011
- Breathe Easily, Sleep Well – March 16, 2012
- Good Sleep, Healthy Aging – March 15, 2013
- Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body – March 14, 2014
- When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound – March 13, 2015
- Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream – March 18, 2016
- Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life – March 17, 2017
Other Celebrations on March 16
March 16 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate World Sleep Day
Celebrating the World Sleep Day is quite simple. You can indulge yourself in the events and activities held in your region around this Day to know more about the sleep disorders. Get involved to improve and facilitate the sleep health and happiness around the world. Find out the all the ways in which the sleep disorder burdens can be reduced by researching into this area. Find about the importance of sleep and the preservation of high quality, sufficient sound sleep to lead a healthier life. Spread knowledge about the sleep disorders and make people around you realize that they are preventable or treatable. Share your Sleep awareness on the social media using the hashtag #WorldSleepDay.