We hope you plan to join us in recognition of World Sleep Day® on March 17, 2023! Scheduled on the Friday prior to the Spring Vernal Equinox each year (and a convenient reminder to get good sleep over the weekend). Interestingly, National Sleep Awareness Week in the U.S. is from March 12-18, which overlaps World Sleep Day®.
So, today it’s important to prioritize healthy sleep, maybe for the weekend, or, better yet, every day!
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What is World Sleep Day?
World Sleep Day 2023 is an annual event hosted by the World Sleep Society since 2008. It’s intended to not only be a celebration of sleep but focus on easing the burden of sleep concerns on society through better management and prevention of sleep disorders.
Since 2008, World Sleep Day has drawn attention from celebrities and media around the world and more than 88 countries have participated.
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The 2023 Theme
The theme for World Sleep Day this year is "Sleep is Essential for Health." Like engaging in physical activity, and focusing on eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep is a fundamental behavior contributing to our physical, mental, and social well-being.
However, many individuals need to recognize the importance of sleep as a vital behavior for good health. World Sleep Day provides an opportunity for sleep health professionals and advocates worldwide to raise awareness about the significance of sleep health.
The timing for this event aligns with the beginning of daylight savings time (DST), a time practice that can be disruptive to sleep and circadian timing. 
General Sleep Information:
- Most sleep disorders are treatable or preventable or treatable, yet less than one-third of the individuals seek professional help. 
- Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population. 
- Lack of sleep is related to depression, anxiety and psychosis. 
- About 75% of adults with depression  suffer from insomnia.
Over the last few years, sleep is becoming a more and more prevalent topic in medical communities, and more importantly, in everyday discussion.
How has the conversation about sleep changed in recent years?
Thanks to an increase in scholarly interest in sleep, sleep disorders and the impacts of sleep on health, the number of papers and studies on the subject each year has increased exponentially.
According to a 2017 study,  the number of Sleep fellowship programs has increased by 12% since 2012. The number of applicants to these programs increased by 38%, and slots filled have increased by 7%. The short of it — more medical students are pursuing sleep medicine than ever before.
Simple Sleep Tips
The link between sleep and health is universally known. Besides lowering our risk for serious health problems (like heart disease and diabetes), sleep allows us to reduce our stress levels and improve our overall moods.
Below are three easy tips to simply improve your sleep:
- Stick to a sleep schedule. According to the Sleep Foundation, the timing of sleep does matter. When we stick to a schedule, we are more likely to get better, quality rest.
- Make your bedroom a sanctuary. It goes without saying when we are in an environment where we are comfortable and with few distractions, we will sleep better. Check out our Feng Shui blog for more on how to make your bedroom the rest oasis you deserve!
- Sleep at your ideal temperature. Science proves we sleep better when we sleep at the right temperature. It may vary a few degrees from person to person, but for the most part, it's on the cooler side. A too warm bedroom plays havoc on falling and staying asleep.
The Importance of Sleep
According to Dr. Mathias Basner of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, “People are slowly getting it. We're getting more interested in sleep.” This growing interest in sleep among those of us without an MD or a bunch of other letters after our name could be due to celebrities, athletes and entrepreneurs attributing sleep as one of their keys to success.
- Tom Brady admitted he goes to bed at 8:30 p.m. every night.
- Bill Gates swears by getting seven hours a night to maximize creativity.
- Tim Ferriss prioritizes his sleep with temperature regulation and optimized deep sleep from the ChiliPad.
- Beyoncé believes in the power of sleep, stating, “having peace, happiness and healthiness is my definition of beauty.”
The conversation about sleep has left the doctor's office and moved its way into our everyday lives.
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With more and more of us focusing on the importance of sleep in our lives, we have created a demand for more research and better solutions for the medical and societal issues (literally) keeping us up at night.
What can we do to keep moving forward? We can keep the discussion going and don't settle for anything less than great sleep. At sleepme, we can help with our water-based cooling systems.
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National Sleep Awareness
As stated above, sleep is important for everyone every day! Unfortunately, modern conveniences like electricity and electronic devices (e.g., phones, TV) have changed our sleep patterns and habits. No longer do we go to sleep at sundown, or rise in the morning with the sun. We work, play, and sleep at all hours of the day…and night.
Hence, as study findings highlight poorer sleep in the U.S., we need to become more intentional about our sleep. Awareness campaigns are one means of reminding us to do that.
Sleep Awareness Week
The National Sleep Awareness Week© takes place March 12 - 18, 2023, and is spearheaded by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation in the U.S. Started in 1998, the Sleep Awareness Week is part of a targeted public health education campaign focused on sleep.
Research indicates that the quality of our sleep has a more significant impact on our quality of life and daytime performance than the quantity of sleep we get.  Broken down, this means it's not always about the hours but about the type of sleep we get.
National Napping Day
Celebrated on March 13th, National Napping Day is supposed to help you “catch up” on the hour of sleep lost due to the Daylight Savings Time change [6,7]. National Napping Day was created in 1999 by a Boston University professor to heighten awareness of the importance and benefits of sleep.
Read More: The Benefits of Naps
It essentially mimics the Spanish “siesta” or afternoon nap tradition. In fact, a midday nap was quite common before the Industrial Revolution. While naps may not be the best sleep strategy for people struggling with disturbed sleep, a short 20-minute nap can be beneficial! 
Festival of Sleep Day
The Festival of Sleep Day is a modern-day American celebration aimed at helping people recover from the “social jetlag” or sleep loss related to the holidays. Hence, it is always celebrated on the 3rd of January. You can let this date serve as a prompt to focus on sleep as a self-care strategy!
Unfortunately, none of these “holidays” are officially recognized, nor do we receive time-off to observe them. However, we can still use them as reminders of sleep's importance and ensure we incorporate it into our health plan.
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