It’s not as easy as it sounds to get the recommended amount of sleep per night is it? Modern life gets in the way and it is our precious eight hours of sleep that gets sacrificed as we set an early alarm to fit in a run or go to bed a little bit later to fit in Pinterest.
Studies strongly imply that lack of sleep and sleep disorders can do serious harm to our health and well-being. So numerous organisations around the world have launched events to make us more aware and to help us sort out our priorities!
To encourage a good night's sleep, numerous organisations around the world have launched events and awareness campaigns. We'd happily take part. Would you?
Good Sleep Fair, South Korea
Held in Seoul once a year since 2011, the Good Sleep Fair sees industry experts from around the world, showing off the latest developments in bedding, sleep aids and sleep services. We’ve heard there are even ‘classes’ in sleeping given by the experts – time for a trip to South Korea!
National Sleep Awareness Week, USA
Every year in March, The National Sleep Foundation are “Waking America to the Importance of Sleep” with a National Sleep Awareness Week. This kicks off with a Sleep in America themed poll and has a different focus each year - this year it’s the relationship between exercise and sleep. This should help stir up the subject of good shuteye in the media and give it the respect it deserves.
National Bed Month, UK
Did you know March is National Bed Month in the UK and has been since 1990? It's the perfect time to revel in sleep, glorious sleep.
The Sleep Council's longest standing campaign aims to remind Britons of the importance of a decent kip and the role a quality bed plays in ensuring this. When was the last time you replaced your mattress, duvet and pillows?
World Sleep Day
Also in March, the World Association of Sleep Medicine organises World Sleep Day, a celebration of sleep and an invitation to nip sleep-related issues in the bud. March is a busy month for The Sandman!
You can get involved by organising events on a local scale, check out the website for more information on this.
In honour of the event, in 2013 the Portuguese Sleep Association produced a leaflet on “Snoring and apnea in children”, doctors from all corners of the world organised workshops and local campaigns, and seminars and conferences were held.
Remember, don't let anything get in the way of a good night's sleep….it is important!
Let us know if you decide to get involved in one of the campaigns, or organise your own! We'd love to hear your bedtime stories.