Catch some Zzz’s for World Sleep Day

By Lindsey Johnson

March 15th is World Sleep Day! Hosted by World Sleep Society, this is an annual event created by healthcare practitioners working in the field of sleep medicine as a way to share research and information related to sleep as well as provide awareness about sleep issues.

According to the their website, “World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year.”

The slogan for this year is “Sleep is essential for health” in 17 languages to go along with the Sleep Equity for Global Health theme. Sleep is a foundation for overall health. Although many Americans pride themselves on the ability to survive on minimal sleep, is a fundamental component of everything we do. When our sleep suffers, our mental, physical and emotional health suffer also.

Take this opportunity to assess your sleep habits:
– Do you have a nighttime ritual to wind down before bed?
– Do you keep your bedroom cool and dark?
– Have you limited your caffeine intake?
– Do you eliminate screen time in the hours before sleep?
– Do you conduct breathing exercises to wind down?

Once you’ve completed your assessment, take some time to clean up your sleep habits and get on track to a better night’s sleep.

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