It’s good to see you awake and reading this article right now, especially on a Sleep Day. Yes, today, that is, the 13th of March is World Sleep Day, and we greet you the same. So World Sleep Day is not created to discuss or enjoy the pleasures of sleeping; it is intended to discuss important issues related to sleep, such as health, social stigma, medicine, education, etc.
There may be a lot of questions in your mind about this special day. Who created it, why is it celebrated, does everyone support it, and more? Let’s discuss and learn a bit in this article.
What Is World Sleep Day?
World Sleep Day is an event celebrated annually, and the World Sleep Day Committee organizes that. It is intended to discuss issues related to health, education, and social stigma. It is celebrated to spread awareness of the prevention and management of sleep problems and disorders.
Who Created World Sleep Day?
World Sleep Day was first started by a group of researchers and healthcare executives who were studying and practicing medicine to sleep prevention and management to avoid sleeping disorders among people. The event is hosted by World Sleep Society which is a non-profit institution situated in the United States. The researchers wanted to spread the message that sleep was not just about personal health and wellbeing but an essential aspect of the society’s regular cycles.
Why Is World Sleep Day Celebrated?
There has been a lot of deeds to conclude the fact of celebrating this day. 25% of couples sleep in separate beds while 30% of people have sleeping problems. Sleep is not only a healthy activity of the daily cycle, but it also increases pain tolerance. Estimations say that sleep deprivation costs the United States over $400 billion a year, with Canada losing $21 billion, Japan losing $138 billion, Germany $60 billion, the UK $50 billion. To spread awareness and knowledge about these issues and to support people with sleeping problems, World Sleep Day has been celebrated annually since 2008.
Interesting Facts About Sleep You May Have Never Heard Before
- As scientifically stated, humans need an average of six to eight hours of sleep daily. However, estimations indicate that teenagers only take 5 hours of sleep while adults take 6 hours of sleep due to a busy schedule. A human stays asleep for at least one-third of their life. Now you realize how much time have you wasted sleeping?
- Randy Gardner, a Californian student, is well known to set a world record of not sleeping for 11 days straight in 1964. But sleeping or not sleeping for about that duration is not recommendable for anyone.
- The two peak times when humans feel tired and are willing to sleep the most is 2 am and 2 pm.
It is obvious the essential facts and health advances of sleeping. The importance of an occasion such as World Sleep Day is also vital to take notice of the necessities of little things we often forget about our health in daily life. So next time you are working late, remember how important it is to sleep on time.