World Sleep Day 2022: Check Date, Theme, History, Significance, Quotes, Here

World Sleep Day 2022: It is an annual awareness event hosted by the World Sleep Society since 2008. Read more about World Sleep Day, its 2022 theme, history, and significance.

World Sleep Day 2022: It is celebrated annually and held on the Friday before the spring equinox of each year. The exact date changes annually, but it is always held on Friday. This year it is celebrated on March 18. The day is a call to action on significant issues related to sleep. The purpose behind celebrating the day is to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. More than 88 countries across the world have participated in World Sleep Day.

The day spread awareness about the importance of regular sleep for achieving an ideal quality of life and improving health globally. Every year, World Sleep Day is observed on Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox. This year it falls on 18 March.

Sleep is one of the important activities of our life. A person every day should at least take seven to eight hours of sleep. World Sleep Day is a call to action on various issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects, and driving.

The World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society organised the World Sleep Day with an aim to reduce the burden of the problems related to sleep on society via better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

World Sleep Day: History

Since 2008, World Sleep Day is observed annually as a global awareness event that is hosted by the World Sleep Society.

World Sleep Day's first co-chairs were Liborio Parrino, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Parma University, Italy, and Antonio Culebras, MD, Professor of Neurology, at Upstate Medical University, and Consultant, The Sleep Center, Community General Hospital, Syracuse, New York, USA.

Therefore, we can say that it is an annual awareness event started by a group of dedicated healthcare providers and members of the medical community working and studying in the area of sleep medicine and research. The main goal of the first World Sleep Day was to bring healthcare providers together to discuss the information related to sleep across the globe and distribute its importance.

When is World Sleep Day celebrated?

This year it is celebrated on March 18 (Friday). Basically, it is held before the spring vernal equinox of each year (the exact date may change annually, but it is always held on Friday).

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World Sleep Day 2022: Slogan/ Theme

The theme and slogan of World Sleep Day 2022 is "Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World." It focuses on how quality sleep helps in maintaining mental health. How does better sleep help focus people during the day? How might fatigue weigh us down physically, mentally, and emotionally? Why is quality sleep important? and several other reasons why sleep is a foundational pillar of human health. 

The 14th annual World Sleep Day was observed on 19 March 2021, and the slogan was ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.’  The slogan focuses on regular sleep which is based on the benefits that regular sleep offers. Studies have shown that stable bedtime and rise times are linked with better sleep quality in young, middle-aged adults and seniors. Those who take regular sleep have better moods and academic achievements.

The 2020 year marks the 13th annual World Sleep Day on 13 March. The slogan of World Sleep Day is Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet. It highlights the importance of sleep which acts as a pillar of health, allows better decision making, and generates a cognitive understanding. It also focuses on the quality of life that can be improved with healthy sleep. We can understand it like this when sleep fails, health declines and on the other side decrease the quality of life. Sound sleep is a treasured function.

World Sleep Day: Celebrations

It is hosted by the World Sleep Society (WSS) which is a non-profit based organization in the United States.

To improve the poor sleep habits that are a cause of poor quality sleep in adults the World Sleep Society has provided 10 tips. These are as follows:

- Generate a regular bedtime and waking time.

- If you are habitual of taking siestas then do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep.

- Avoid taking excessive alcohol at least 4 hours before bedtime and also do not smoke.

- Avoid taking caffeine 6 hours before going to bedtime. It includes coffee, tea, soda drinks, and chocolates.

- Take a light snack before going to bed at night. It will be better to avoid heavy, spicy or sugary foods 4 hours before bedtime.

- Do regular exercise.

- Use comfortable bedding.

- Before going to sleep, the room should be properly ventilated or maintain the proper comfortable sleep temperature setting.

- Discard or block all distracting noise before going to sleep and eliminate as much light as you can.

- Take time and reserve your nighttime for sleep and sex. Avoid work or general recreation.

Activities and events are free and open to the public. World Sleep Day is sponsored by several companies that provide funds to the World Sleep Society to reimburse the costs of the awareness day, including the costs of press releases, website hosting, and the creation of educational content.

- In 2017, around 155 sleep awareness activities occurred.

- In 2018, World Sleep Day was chaired by committee member Liborio Parrino, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Parma University, Italy; with support from World Sleep Society’s staff and a full committee of 19 sleep specialists from 17 countries.

- In 2019, the 12th World Sleep Day was celebrated and highlights the importance of sleep.

In the end, let us have a look at some sleep disorders that affect life.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorder is a condition that results due to improper sleep or the way that you sleep. It can affect the overall health, safety, and quality of life. Other health problems can also occur due to improper sleep.

Signs and symptoms of sleep disorders are excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular breathing, or increased movement during sleep.

Sleep disorders can be of various types and can be grouped into various categories including behaviour, problems with natural sleep-wake cycles, breathing problems, difficulty in sleeping, or how much sleepy you feel during the day. Common types of sleep disorders are:

- Insomnia: Difficulty in falling asleep or remaining asleep during the whole night.

- Sleep Apnea: When you are sleeping in the night you feel difficulty in breathing patterns. There are several types of sleep apnea.

- Restless legs syndrome (RLS): It is a sleep movement disorder. It is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease. It also causes an uncomfortable sensation and an urge to move the legs while you try to fall asleep.

- Narcolepsy: It is a condition that is characterised by extreme sleepiness during the day and falling asleep during the day.

This year, World Sleep Day is celebrated across the world on March 18 to raise awareness about the importance of sleep and ways to manage sleeping disorders.

World Sleep Day 2022: Quotes

1. "Sleep is the best meditation." - Dalai Lama

2. Leonardo da Vinci once said -"A well-spent day brings happy sleep."

3. "True silence is the rest of the mind- and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment, and refreshment." - William Penn

4. "Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep." – Fran Lebowitz

5. "People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one." - Leo J. Burke

6. "Sleep is my lover now, my forgetting, my opiate, my oblivion." - Audrey Niffenegger

7. "Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world." - Heraclitus

8. "Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep." - Mesut Barazany

9. "Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep." – Fran Lebowitz

10. "Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep." - Mahatma Gandhi

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