Today is World Sleep Day
The World Sleep Day (Friday of the second full week of March) is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008. It is aimed 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 WASM tries to raise 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.
This year’s theme is “When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound,” focusing on insomnia, with several other identifying messages.
You can participate in World Sleep Day by becoming a delegate.
Last year, World Sleep Day delegates worked locally to spread awareness of sleep issues by hosting special events, translating the WASM 10 Commandments into various languages, putting together a full-marathon, displaying a life-size bed in multiple places across a city, having a Red Cross Ambulance distribute booklets and pamphlets on sleep, hosting school events for hundreds of children, there were many press conferences around the world, and lots of television coverage nationally and internationally.