17th March is a very special day. It’s my birthday 🙂

But, perhaps more pertinent to readers is that today also marks World Sleep Day, an annual event to raise awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that they place on society.

World Sleep Day (WSD) has been running since 2008 and is organised by the World Sleep Society, an international committee of scientists, health practitioners and sleep advocates.

In past years, WSD members have spread awareness of sleep issues by putting on special events, workshops, translating materials, distributing booklets and pamphlets on sleep, hosting school events, press conferences and securing media coverage and local television and radio appearances around the world.

This year, there’s a host of events going on around World Sleep Day, which you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #WorldSleepDay. Here’s a selection of some of the tweets going from the 72 countries that are participating in World Sleep Day 2017:

Portugal

Hong Kong

Israel


France

India

Across the world

A a reminder to everyone, 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.

It’s great to see a high profile advocacy movement like World Sleep Day. The more people can raise awareness of the importance of sleep, the better. Sleep well today!

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