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World Sleep Day: An Introduction To The Observance and Activities for 2021


World Sleep Day: An Introduction To The Observance and Activities for 2021

World Sleep Day is held annually by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society. This year it will be held on Friday the 19th of March and will mark the 14th annual World Sleep Day event.

We spend a third of our lives sleeping and sometimes the importance of this can be majorly overlooked. You should aim to get around 7-8 hours of sleep a day, however in reality many of us do not. This World Sleep Day, educate yourself on the benefits of sleep to  your overall health and learn more about why we need it. 

What is World Sleep Day?

World Sleep Day is a celebration and global call-to-action about the importance of healthy sleep and the positive impact it can have on your health and wellbeing. This day brings together researchers, health professionals and people who suffer from sleep disorders to recognise the importance of sleep and the burdens that sleep problems have. It aims to spread awareness about the importance of sleep in achieving optimal quality of life.

Sleep is a vital part of our lives, without a regular decent amount of sleep, our bodies and minds are largely affected. Around 70 countries celebrate World Sleep Day with the goal to raise awareness about sleep.

World Sleep Day coincides with National Sleep Awareness Week which is held from March 14-20, 2021. National Sleep Awareness Week aims to do the same in raising awareness about the importance of sleep and the impact it can have.

What is the Slogan for World Sleep Day this Year?

The Slogan for World Sleep Day 2021 is, ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’, and is focused on the benefits regular sleep has to our overall health. It connects the importance of good sleep with exercise and nutrition. Often good sleep is not considered a major factor that affects health, however in fact it should be.

This year, World Sleep Day highlights the benefits that regular sleep can have on improving someone’s mood, academic achievements, sports performance as well as overall health and wellbeing.

World Sleep Day Activities

Get involved this World Sleep Day and help spread awareness about sleep. No matter how you would like to get involved we have some ideas for everyone! Some World Sleep Day activity ideas include:

  • Organise an event: If you would like to organise an event, either in person or online, you can help encourage discussion around the importance of sleep and the benefits it has. This is often a topic not spoken about, so take the leap and encourage a conversation!
  • Spread awareness on social media: Use the power of social media to spread awareness to your friends, family, work colleagues and even strangers. You can share a post on Instagram, write a Facebook status or share a post about the importance of sleep on LinkedIn, however you choose, make sure you take time to spread awareness and educate those you are connected with. When sharing your posts, make sure to use the hashtag, #WorldSleepDay.
  • Read up on some sleep facts and statistics: Use this day to educate and empower yourself to understand the importance of sleep. Take some time out of your day to find blog posts, journal articles, books or YouTube videos and learn more about the power of sleep.
  • Purchase a new pillow or mattress: If you are suddenly realising that your sleep environment could do with some improvement, now is the perfect time to update your pillow or mattress and give yourself the most comfortable night’s sleep yet. There is nothing better you can do than purchase the right pillow or mattress to improve your sleep. Consider purchasing a memory foam mattress or a memory foam pillow for even more support!
  • Wear your pyjamas for the whole day: No matter what you are doing on 19th of March, whether you are going into the office, working from home, looking after your kids or going to the shops, wear your pyjamas! This is a great way to make a statement and will have people coming up to you. It is a great way to spread awareness and educate those around you.

Spread Awareness this World Sleep Day!

Make the most of World Sleep Day this year and celebrate it! Whether you choose to use social media to spread awareness, organise an event, educate yourself or wear your pyjamas the whole day make a positive impact and educate others. Our sleep is so important to our health so make sure other people know the importance of it.

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