sleep awareness week

Sleep Awareness Week – March 10 – 16, 2019

What Is Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week is such an important week on the yearly calendar. It is a few days out of each year where we should consider our sleep hygiene and the importance of sleep to our health and wellbeing.

This years campaign is #BeginWithSleep.

History of Sleep Awareness Week

The week was founded by the National Sleep Foundation to educate us about the need to put sleep at the top of our priority list. At this time of year, the National Sleep Foundation will supply us with information on seminars, informative brochures, and assessments all about sleep to assist us to improve our lives.

What Happens If We Do Not Get Enough Sleep

Identifying your personal habits good or bad and learning about the ways you can improve your sleep hygiene routine is one of the most important things you can do for you and those around you.

Lack of sleep affects every part of our daily lives. In our busy lives, sleep is almost one of the first things that are neglected in favor of all the other daily duties that need to be achieved.

When we do not reach the required amount of sleep our bodies need on a regular basis our bodies will fight back.

Some of the symptoms of your body reacting to lack of regular sleep are:-

  • Lethargy
  • Lack of concentration
  • Weight gain
  • No patience with others
  • Risks of heart diseases and strokes
  • Depression
  • Susceptible to illnesses (colds, coughs, and flu)
  • Sometimes just a general feeling of not being yourself.

Then we have the big disorders that some people may not even be aware that they suffer from which can cause severe health issues if left unchecked. These include:-

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Night Terrors
  • Narcolepsy

Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week – #BeginWithSleep

Two days are already marked on the calendar during this week of sleep celebrations. They are:

Napping Day – March 11th, 2019

What is Napping Day? It is a day to celebrate the old tradition of taking a nap in the afternoon.

Napping in the middle of the day after the mid-day meal has been a tradition in countries such as Italy and Spain (the siesta) for many years.

It coincides with the hottest part of the day as well as the change over time of our sleep and wake cycles. Combine that with our circadian rhythms and you have the perfect time for an afternoon nap.

How Will You Celebrate Napping Day?

Why not schedule in a little siesta for yourself? It does not have to be a couple of hours. Give yourself a half hour scheduled lunch break. Eat your lunch then find a comfortable place to lay down and relax.

World Sleep Day – March 15th, 2019

World Sleep Day is an annual event which is run by Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM).

This celebration of sleep was born to make us all aware of the importance of sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects, and driving.

World Sleep Days aim is to lessen the adverse effects of sleep deprivation and other sleep issues have on society by stimulating better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

What Can You Do in Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week gives people a chance to see if they have sleep problems.

Help promote good sleep using your social media accounts by using the hashtag #SleepAwarenessWeek.

Have a conversation with your friends and family to see if they need an assessment of their sleeping habits.

Ask your doctor if you can get an appointment with a sleep professional to know if you need to change your sleeping habits.

Learn as much as you can about the potential health risks and disorders that may arise from a lack of sleep.

Find an online poll or download a sleep app and take the assessments to see if you have any sleeping disorders.

Ps. Take a couple of naps!