This March 8 through the 15 it’s time to snuggle up and catch some Zs because it’s sleep awareness week and you deserve some rest! Admit it, it’s likely you don’t let yourself get enough sleep. It’s not your fault, life is demanding. That’s why this March you owe it to yourself to get those extra hours you so desperately need. This annual event, created by the National Sleep Foundation, seeks to promote better sleep as a way to increase overall health and well-being.
Getting a good night’s sleep for many is a natural activity that people can do. While rest may seem like the most natural thing in the world for people to do, many people may have sleep disorders and sleeping habits that they don’t know about, causing long term consequences. Sleep Awareness Week is a holiday all about educating people about their sleeping habits and how they can effectively change the way they sleep.
History of Sleep Awareness Week
Sleep can be considered an underappreciated aspect of peoples lives. Poor sleep is heavily linked to weight gain, decrease concentration and productivity, increase the risks of heart diseases and strokes, is connected to depression, and can affect emotional and social interactions.
Disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and night terrors can significantly change how people interact and live throughout their lives. Sleep problems have also contributed to a larger issue: a lack of understanding about health.
Sleep Awareness Week aims to highlight the importance of good sleep and educate people about how they can better improve their sleeping habits.
Founded by the National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Awareness Week gives people the opportunity to learn about why sleep is important, how good sleep can improve health and whether or not their sleeping habits may be a problem that needs to be checked on.
The importance of this holiday comes from the fact that while sleep medicine is considered to be a practice, many people don’t check up on what their sleeping habits can do to their health. Hence, the National Sleep Foundation each year takes this opportunity to give people seminars, informative brochures, and assessments about sleep to better improve people’s lives.
How to Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week
Sleep Awareness Week gives people a chance to see if they have sleep problems. Promote good sleep using social media by using the hashtag #SleepAwarenessWeek. Convince your friends and family to see if they need an assessment of their sleeping habits.
Ask your doctor if you can get an appointment with a sleep professional to know if you need to change your sleeping habits. Head on over to the National Sleep Foundation to learn about the potential health risks and disorders that may arise from a lack of sleep. Take their online poll to see if you have any sleeping disorders.
History of Sleep Awareness Week
It’s a well-known fact that your sleep schedule is directly related to your overall health, that includes mentally and physically. Started in 2008, this annual event begins at the start of Daylight Saving Time when most Americans lose an hour of sleep. The change to Daylight Saving Time reminds us to make beneficial changes in our sleep routines to improve our sleep health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, Forty-five percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once in the past seven days. The goal is to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw attention to the burden of sleep problems and to promote the prevention and management of sleep disorders.
Sleep loss is a big public safety hazard every day on the road. Drowsiness has the ability to slow reaction time as much as driving drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S.
Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident. It also plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, problem-solving, and makes it more difficult to learn.
Lastly, sleep deprivation has a serious negative effect on your chances of cardiovascular health, putting you at risk for a number of life-threatening conditions. So, for your own safety and the safety of others, make sure you allow yourself the time to rest, and if you can, no better time than the present!