Friday, March 15, 2013

WORLD SLEEP DAY!


No you're not dreaming...today really is 'World Sleep Day'!

“World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.”

·      71,000 people receive injuries every year due to sleep-related accidents
·      1,550 people die because of sleep-related accidents.
·      46% of individuals with frequent sleep disturbances report missing work or events, or making errors at work.

Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population. But better understanding of sleep conditions and more research into the area can help reduce the burden of sleep disorders on society.

Most sleep disorders are preventable or treatable by changing behaviours around sleep, medical therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy, yet less than one third of sufferers seek professional help. It is important to be aware that people suffering from sleep complaints, or who suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, should see a physician and, if needed, obtain a consultation in a sleep center.

For more information visit www.worldsleepday.org.


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