Who would have thought that there is a World Sleep Day? I bet everyone would participate. But this is not just a day that you have to sleep. This is an event that spread awareness of sleep issues by hosting special events, translating materials, distributing booklets and pamphlets on sleep, hosting school events, press conferences and securing media coverage around the world.
History of World Sleep Day
World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society, formerly World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), since 2008. It aims to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education and social aspects; to promote sleep disorders prevention and management.
Through the World Sleep Day the World Sleep Society raises awareness of sleep disorders and their better understanding and preventability, and to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society that constitute a global epidemic and threaten health and quality of life for as much as 45% of the world’s population.
Do you know that there is not only a World Sleep Day but also a Festival of Sleep? It is a day we take time to sleep after the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s Day. How good is that? Let’s admit it, after celebrating for many days, we need at least a day to replenish.
How to Celebrate World Sleep Day
World Sleep Day has published its ’10 Commandments of Sleep Hygiene’.
1. Fix a bedtime and an awakening time.
2. If you are in the habit of taking siestas, do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep.
3. Avoid excessive alcohol ingestion 4 hours before bedtime and do not smoke.
4. Avoid caffeine 6 hours before bedtime. This includes coffee, tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate.
5. Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4 hours before bedtime. A light snack before bed is acceptable.
6. Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
7. Use comfortable bedding.
8. Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated.
9. Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible.
10. Reserve the bed for sleep and sex. Don’t use the bed as an office, workroom or recreation room.
Invite friends or sleep over to one of your friend’s house and do the 10 Commandments of World Sleep Day. It would be great if you will do it every night. You can also invite your pets to sleep and cuddle them. Sleep is such an intimate and fun event. Who hates sleep though?