World Sleep Day
World Sleep Day is observed next on Friday, March 17th, 2023 (296 days from today).
Sleep seems like such a normal aspect of life that it can even be silly to talk about it! It can be one of the most trivial, underrated aspects of human life. But for people with recurrent sleep problems, getting enough sleep can be a real challenge and affect everything else in life.
World Sleep Day aims to review and support people with sleep problems. It is very helpful for educating people all over the world about the importance of sleep, as well as changing the way people see and experience sleep by providing them with valuable resources to help them in daily life.
History of World Sleep Day
Held since 2008, World Sleep Day is a global awareness-raising act that celebrates sleep and aims to help people with serious sleep problems. Celebrated on the Friday before the annual Vernal Equinox, the holiday features 155 annual events held around the world and attended by more than 70 countries.
World Sleep Day focuses on various issues related to sleep, sleeping pills, sleep education and the social impacts that sleep deprivation can have on everyday life. From mild to severe, sleep problems are a modern problem that can claim a human life if left unchecked.
According to the American Sleep Association, more than 50 to 70 million people suffer from some type of sleep disorder, more than 25 million have sleep apnea, and the most commonly reported sleep problem is insomnia (insomnia) sleep or all night).
Organized by the World Sleep Association's World Sleep Day Committee, the day begins with a group of healthcare providers and professionals working in the fields of sleep medicine and sleep research.
World Sleep Day aims to bring people together, whether individuals or healthcare providers, to discuss sleep problems, help find solutions and prevent sleep problems for those who don't already have them.
Physicians such as Liborio Parrino, MD, Italy, and Antonio Culebras, MD, were the first co-chairs of World Sleep Day and have helped found the World Sleep Association, a nonprofit dedicated to helping finance complete sleep research problems facing the world today.
The World Sleep Association works with various news organizations to help them promote and report on the effects of sleep on daily life. All to convey information and let people know where to look for help!
How to Celebrate World Sleep Day
- Take a nap
Celebrate World Sleep Day by doing something everyone loves at the end of each day; sleep! Take a day off and sleep for as long as you like. Or, in a less extreme way, try taking a 20-minute nap during your lunch break at work. If you feel refreshed afterwards, that means you need it.
- Practice sleep hygiene
Because children fall asleep naturally when they are tired, adults may simply assume they can do the same. But they usually can't! Just like taking care of your body (by showering or brushing your teeth), a person's bedtime routine may require a little extra care and attention.
- Download the app Sleep
People who are looking for help with their sleep can use a smartphone app to help. Slumber, Calm, Sleep Cycle, and Reflectly are all committed to helping calm the brain as you fall asleep or measure your sleep rhythm during the night.
- Join a sleep awareness event
Donate to a sleep fundraiser on this day to help support more research into disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia. Check out events in your local area or find an online sleeping platform to connect with.
- Buy a new mattress
Many people struggle with sleep problems simply due to poor structural support during sleep. Use World Sleep Day as an excuse to see if buying a new bed makes a difference in sleep quality. Some higher-end mattresses (such as Sleep Number) allow you to customize the mattress based on your individual needs.
- Talk to a Sleep Expert
For those who believe they have a sleep problem, it is important to take the time to speak with a sleep specialist. See if they recommend a sleep test for diagnosis and ask if they have any recommendations for sleep hygiene.
Share this day on social media using the hashtag #WorldSleepDay and let your friends, family and followers know how essential sleep is for people everywhere.
ObservedWorld Sleep Day has been observed Friday of the second full week in March.
Friday, March 19th, 2021
Friday, March 18th, 2022
Friday, March 17th, 2023
Friday, March 15th, 2024
Friday, March 14th, 2025