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World Sleep Day (the Friday before the northern hemisphere vernal equinox) is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society, formerly World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), since 2008.[1] The goal is to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society's attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medical, educational, and social aspects, and to promote the prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Through World Sleep Day the World Sleep Society raises awareness of sleep disorders and their better understanding and prevention, and aims to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society, which threaten the health or quality of life of as much as 45% of the world's population[citation needed].

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CriticismEdit

On 17 March 2017 World Sleep Day trended on Twitter. Renowned Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted using his handle @SrBachchan, which is followed by 25.5 million, that - 'its World Sleep Day tomorrow 17 March..whatever that means !!'.[2]. It has been criticised as helping to turn sleep into a commodity and accepting the idea that everyone should aspire to a single unbroken block of sleep, an idea which is ahistorical.[3]

Cost of sleeplessnessEdit

It is estimated that sleep deprivation costs the US over $400 billion a year with Japan losing $138 billion, Germany $60 billion, the UK $50 billion, and Canada $21 billion.[citation needed]

Annual celebrationEdit

World Sleep Day is observed annually on the Friday before the March Equinox.[4] The first World Sleep Day was held on 14 March 2008. Events involving discussions, presentations of educational materials and exhibitions take place around the world and online.

Year Date Slogan
2008 14 March 'Sleep well, live fully awake'[5]
2009 20 March 'Drive alert, arrive safe'[6]
2010 19 March 'Sleep Well, Stay Healthy'[7]
2011 18 March 'Sleep Well, Grow Healthy'[5][8]
2012 16 March 'Breathe Easily, Sleep Well'[9]
2013 15 March 'Good Sleep, Healthy Aging'[9]
2014 14 March 'Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body'[9]
2015 13 March 'When sleep is sound, health and happiness abound'
2016 18 March 'Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream'
2017 17 March 'Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life'
2018 16 March 'Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life'
2019 15 March 'Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging'

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ World Sleep Day World Association of Sleep Medicine, accessed 19 March 2011
  2. ^ Twitter @SrBachchan
  3. ^ "Why the sleep industry is keeping us awake at night". Guardian. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream". Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  5. ^ a b "Close your eyes. I'm going to show you the meaning of life, by David Flusfeder". Mail Online.
  6. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/2009/03/17/idUS181827+17-Mar-2009+PRN20090317
  7. ^ "March 19 2010 is Third Annual World Sleep Day". Thaindian News.
  8. ^ "Philips official sponsor of World Sleep Day 2011". March 18, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c "World Sleep Day® is March 15, 2019".