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Shakespeare has famously called sleeping the “main course in life’s feast”.

WORLD SLEEP DAY® (WSD) – WHAT IS IT?

To celebrate the importance of good sleep, World Sleep Day is observed every year on March 13. Organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society, this day aims to draw people’s attention to sleep disorders and highlight the importance of sleeping well

World Sleep Day is an annual, global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep. The focus of WSD is to bring cognizance to the many burdens of sleep problems, as well as the importance of healthy sleep. WSD publicly display efforts being taken toward the prevention and management of sleep disorders. Created and hosted by World Sleep Society, World Sleep Day is an internationally recognized awareness event bringing researchers, health professionals, and patients together to recognize sleep and its important impact on our health.

WSD is chaired by committee member Liborio Parrino, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Neurology at Parma University, Italy; with support from World Sleep Society’s staff and a full committee.

WSD events take place globally but are listed together online at www.worldsleepday.org. In the past, World Sleep Day delegates have worked locally to spread awareness of sleep issues by hosting special events, translating materials, distributing booklets and pamphlets on sleep, hosting school events, press conferences and securing media coverage around the world. Delegates also created content such as public lectures and workshops, appearances on local television and radio shows, booklets, pamphlets, promotional videos, and press releases on sleep. Plan your own World Sleep Day activity today on www.worldsleepday.org/get-involved

The first WSD was held on March 14, 2008, under the slogan “Sleep Well, Live Fully Awake.” The annual awareness day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox

The WORLD SLEEP DAY® (WSD) – HISTORY has had the following themes as below-

  • “Sleep Well, Live Fully Awake” – March 14, 2008
  • “Drive Alert, Arrive Safe” – March 20, 2009
  • “Sleep Well, Stay Healthy” – March 19, 2010
  • “Sleep Well, Grow Healthy” – March 18, 2011
  • “Breathe Easily, Sleep Well” – March 16, 2012
  • “Good Sleep, Healthy Aging” – March 15, 2013
  • “Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body” – March 14, 2014
  • “When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound” – March 13, 2015
  • “Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream” – March 18, 2016
  • “Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life” – March 17, 2017
  • “Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life” – March 16, 2018
  • “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging”– March 15, 2019
  • “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet”– March 13, 2020
  • The following WSD will be Friday, March 12, 2021

“World Sleep Day 2020 will incorporate the slogan, ‘Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet,’ highlighting sleep’s important place as a pillar of health, allowing for better decision making and cognitive understanding in even big issues, such as our planet,” the society explained on its website.

Until next time, sleep tight!

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