Sleep Awareness Week

World Sleep Day® is March 13, 2020

Sleep Awareness Week

World Sleep Day® is designed to raise awareness of sleep as a human privilege that is often compromised by the habits of modern life.

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 World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. World Sleep Day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year.

Future dates will be: Friday, March 13, 2020 & Friday, March 12, 2021.

Check out World Sleep Day Media Mentions to watch videos, read articles and listen to broadcasts from around the globe.

View 2019 winners of our Distinguished Activity Awards.

Who created World Sleep Day?

The annual awareness event was started by a group of dedicated healthcare providers and members of the medical community working and studying in the area of sleep medicine and research.

The goal of the first World Sleep Day was to bring together sleep healthcare providers to discuss and distribute sleep information around the world.

The first co-chairs of World Sleep Day were Liborio Parrino, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Parma University, Italy and Antonio Culebras, MD, Professor of Neurology, Upstate Medical University, and Consultant, The Sleep Center, Community General Hospital, Syracuse, New York, USA.

Why was World Sleep Day created?

Time and time again, sleep medicine professionals and researchers came up against the belief that sleep was not important enough in personal health and well-being to be a priority. That coupled with society’s 24/7 flow, the founders of this awareness event aim to celebrate the importance of healthy sleep.

Who supports World Sleep Day?

World Sleep Day is hosted by World Sleep Society (WSS), a nonprofit based in the United States. Per the organizational bylaws, World Sleep Society does not support, recommend or endorse any products of services.

The awareness event does accept corporate sponsorships to help support the cost to host the event, but World Sleep Society, the World Sleep Day Committee, or any person affiliated with WSS does not endorse or recommend commercial products, treatments, or companies.

What happens to funds raised by World Sleep Day?

Event and activities of World Sleep Day are free and open to the public.

Companies who sponsor World Sleep Day provide funds to World Sleep Society to reimburse the costs the awareness day, including costs of press releases, website hosting and creation of educational content.

Each year only a fraction of World Sleep Day’s cost is recouped through corporate sponsorships. Read more in our Frequently Asked Questions section about local/regional sponsors and local funds raised.

The logo can be used by official delegates in conjunction with an awareness activity. Companies and organizations must receive written consent before using our logo.

The use of the words “World Sleep Day” is copyrighted with the United States Patent and Trademark Office serial number 85274932.

Written permission is required to use the words “World Sleep Day” and/or logos of World Sleep Day and/or World Sleep Society.


Sleep Awareness Week 2019: 4 Ways to Celebrate! | Tuck Sleep

Sleep Awareness Week

This last Sunday was Daylight Saving Time. That also happens to be the first day of Sleep Awareness Week 2019, which lasts through March 16th.

With the spring time change, it’s the perfect opportunity to reset your sleep and set yourself up with good sleep habits for the rest of the year.

Getting better sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. We run around trying to exercise and try out all the new diets, but when it comes to our health, many of us don’t realize the solution is closer to home. Better health starts with better sleep.

With sleep, you think better, you eat better, and you feel better. You’re less ly to be irritable or lash out at a friend. You won’t forget that bullet point on your work presentation or lose focus during your sports practice. And when you’re sick, sleep can significantly hasten your recovery. There’s even such a thing as beauty sleep!

But we digress.

What is Sleep Awareness Week, and why is it important?

What is Sleep Awareness Week?

Sleep Awareness Week was started by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), an advocacy group devoted to increasing public education about the importance of sleep. At Tuck, we’re all about that, too. We’re here to give you the resources you need to enjoy deep, restful sleep.

This year, Sleep Awareness Week takes place from Sunday, March 10th, to Saturday, March 16th, 2019. The annual event is designed to increase public awareness and motivate more people to get better sleep.

Each year, in conjunction with Sleep Awareness Week, the NSF shares its Sleep in America poll and quarterly Sleep Health Index. The numbers vary from year to year, but the message mostly stays the same: Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and they’re not happy about it.

These numbers are backed up by the CDC. According to their data, over a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis.

It gets worse. Even though we want more sleep, and we know we need more sleep, we’re not doing anything about it.

In their latest Sleep in America poll, the NSF found that 65% of American adults believe sleep impacts their effectiveness the following day (this is true, by the way; sleep affects your mental, physical, and emotional functioning). Unfortunately, only 10% of us are prioritizing getting more of it.

Perhaps more interesting, people who consider themselves “excellent” sleepers are more ly to feel “very” effective when it comes to getting things done every day. There’s a clear relationship between how well we sleep and how productive we feel:

We feel better when we sleep better. Sleep Awareness Week is about helping more of us understand that, and giving us ideas for how we can do it.

How you can celebrate Sleep Awareness Week 2019

Celebrating Sleep Awareness Week is all about getting better sleep for yourself, as well as those around you. Here are four ways to take part this year.

1. Learn about sleep

Sleep Awareness Week is all about education, right? Get started on your own personal sleep education journey right here at Tuck. A good place to start is with the basics. Learn why we sleep, how we cycle through different stages of sleep, how much sleep we need, and why sleep deprivation can be so dangerous.

From there, you can expand into whatever area of sleep interests you, from sleep disorders to sleep aids teas and melatonin.

2. Practice good sleep hygiene

Now that you’re armed with all this information, it’s time to put it into action! Devote this week to improving your sleep hygiene.

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even weekends.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool—around 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Eat healthy during the day, and avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol past the afternoon.
  • Establish a bedtime routine you follow each night before bed, such as brushing your teeth, taking a warm bath, reading a book, or practicing meditation.
  • Turn off all your electronics (yes, all of them) at least 1 hour before bed.

3. Track your sleep

In the practice of learning about sleep, why not take this opportunity to learn more about your sleep in particular? Many people find sleep trackers to be a helpful tool, but if you’re not ready to make that kind of investment, you can get started quickly with a pen and paper or a smartphone app.

Tracking your sleep will help you discover what your sleep habits are: when you go to bed and when you wake up, and how much sleep you actually get (versus how much you think you’re getting). Studies show people tend to think they’re getting more sleep than they really are, which is why we need to be more sleep-aware in the first place!

4. Promote the importance of good sleep

Each year, the National Sleep Foundation announces a theme for the year’s Sleep Awareness Week, along with a dedicated hashtag to use on social media.

Previous themes included “Sleep Better, Feel Better” and “Your Day Begins With Sleep.

This year, the theme is: “Begin with Sleep,” which promotes the benefits of optimal sleep, and the effects sleep has on health, well-being, and safety.

Share your new knowledge on social media and with your friends and family. They’ll be happy to hear your advice for better sleep. Everyone wants to know how they can get more sleep, better sleep, or both!

Keep the momentum going with World Sleep Day 2019

We kick off Sleep Awareness Week with Daylight Saving Time, and it ends with World Sleep Day on March 15, 2019. It’s focused on many of the same principles as Sleep Awareness Week, but it takes place on a global level.

You can post using the #WorldSleepDay hashtag. After that, it’s up to you to practice healthy sleep throughout 2019. Good luck, and sleep well!


Sleep Awareness Week Highlights the Important Role Sleep Plays in Overall Health and Wellness

Sleep Awareness Week

Coinciding with the beginning of Daylight-Saving Time, March 11 – March 17, 2019, marks this year’s Sleep Awareness Week.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) celebrates this year’s Sleep Awareness Week with the theme, “Begin with Sleep” to highlight the critical role sleep plays in overall health and wellness.

The observance of Sleep Awareness Week begins each year on the day we set our clocks ahead one hour to begin Daylight Saving Time—using the occasion where we lose an hour of sleep to raise awareness about the importance of a good night’s sleep.

“Sleep plays a critical role in our overall health and wellness.

It’s just as important as diet and exercise,” said Robert Kosinski, MD, Medical Director of Monmouth Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center, the first facility in Monmouth County to earn accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“Regularly getting a full night’s sleep can not only influence your appearance and energy levels, but it also has a significant impact on your physical and psychological health, including the ability to learn new information, stay at a healthy weight and lower your risk for developing chronic illnesses.”

A “full night’s sleep” can vary slightly from person to person, but as a guideline, the NSF recommends that teenagers (ages 14-17) get eight-ten hours of sleep, adults (ages 18-64) get seven-nine hours and older adults (65+) get seven-eight hours each night.

“Adequate sleep helps to improve your memory, boost your immune system to help you get sick less often, improve your mood and reduce stress, improves decision making, and helps to avoid accidents and injuries,” added Dr. Kosinski.

Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, has tremendous negative effects on your overall health and wellness.

“The cumulative long-term effects of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders have been associated with an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke,” said Dr. Kosinski.

“Sleep deprivation puts individuals three times more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and at a 48 percent increase in risk for developing heart disease.

Getting the proper amount of sleep can help you lower your risk of these conditions”

Perhaps just as important as the length of time you are sleeping is the quality of sleep you are getting. “Take a proactive approach to bed times,” said Dr. Kosinski. “Go to sleep at the same time every night and make sure to allow yourself 7 to 9 hours of sleep, even on the weekends.”

Other tips for improving your sleep quality include:

  • Make your bedroom the ideal sleep environment. The room you’re sleeping in should be kept quiet, dark and cool for the best possible sleep.
  • Check the condition of your bed and pillows. A good pillow should prop up the head, neck and shoulders and it should also feel comfortable to help you get a good night’s sleep and feel well-rested.
  • Exercise regularly. Regular vigorous exercise will improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Turn off electronics while sleeping. Electronic devices in the bedroom disrupt the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle, and people who leave their devices on throughout the night typically get less hours of sleep and poorer quality of sleep.

Dr. Kosinski reminds you to not only be proactive about seeking ways to get a good night’s sleep during National Sleep Week and on Daylight Saving Time, but all year round.

Sleep deficiency interferes with your physical, mental, and psychological health as well as the safety of you and others, yet sleep disorders are not always readily apparent.

So, the controlled environment of a sleep disorders center, and the multidisciplinary approach of a comprehensive center, can help pinpoint a clear diagnosis. Patients must be referred to the Monmouth Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center.

Referring physicians receive detailed reports on patient diagnoses and suggested follow-up treatment. For more information on the Sleep Disorders Center at Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility call 732.923.7660 or visit


Sleep Awareness Week: The Role of Sleep in Recovery

Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week, created by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), begins this weekend and it’s the perfect time to talk about how proper sleep can play a powerful role in your recovery.

This year’s theme is “Begin with Sleep,” and the campaign is designed to highlight the “importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals,” according to the NSF.

There are countless benefits of a good night’s sleep. For those in recovery, regular, restorative sleep can help you feel more present, focused, energetic and emotionally balanced. It can also ensure that you have a more positive mindset, which is a must when it comes to overcoming the many challenging and setbacks along the road to recovery.

The Link Between Sleep and Substance Use Disorders
Unfortunately, poor sleep and substance use disorders are bedfellows.

In fact, one study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, found that the incidence of insomnia is five times greater for people in early recovery than for the general population.

This is partly because substance abuse as well as co-occurring mental illness can throw off your body’s circadian rhythm, also known as your sleep/wake cycle.

Sleep disturbances are also a hallmark sign of PAWS, or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (protracted withdrawal syndrome), which is a variety of symptoms that exist after the period of acute withdrawal ceases. Plus, good sleep hygiene isn’t usually a priority during active addiction.

How can you tell if you have a sleep disturbance? Consider the following questions:

  • Do you have a hard time falling asleep?
  • Do you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep?
  • Do you experience racing thoughts that keep you from falling asleep?
  • Do you feel drowsy and exhausted during the day?
  • Do you fall asleep during the day?
  • Are your dreams vivid or emotionally disturbing?
  • Do you wake up in the morning feeling extremely groggy?

Mood Disorders and Sleep
According to the NSF, there’s also a complex link between mood disorders and sleep.

A negative mood can make quality sleep virtually impossible and poor, interrupted sleep can cause bouts of anxiety or depression.

It’s a tough cycle to break: An inability to get solid shut-eye can leave you feeling emotionally sorts the next day, which makes it that much harder to sleep the following night.

To tell whether your mood is impacting your slumber, the NSF recommends watching out for the following:

  • Is your switch always on? The risk of insomnia is much higher among people with major depressive disorder. This is because this type of mood disorder makes it difficult to turn off racing, anxious thoughts or pessimistic chatter prior to bedtime.
  • Do you drag during the day? Feelings of depression and anxiety can cause fragmented sleep patterns (you wake up several times a night), and this results in feeling fatigued the next day — even if you spent ample time in bed. What’s more, depression itself can lead to low energy and feelings of exhaustion, so you might be dealing with two causes of daytime drowsiness.
  • Do you suffer bad dreams? Frequent nightmares have been linked with depression and anxiety as well as substance use disorders. Dreams may intensify once you’ve stopped using drugs and you might also experience dreams of using again. Vivid, disturbing or negative dreams can cause you to awaken from slumber and make it challenging to fall back to sleep.

Getting Back to Good Sleep
During recovery, it will take time (weeks or even months) for your body to relearn how to sleep naturally without the aid of drugs or alcohol.

But rest assured: Treating your substance use disorder is a surefire way to move toward proper, restorative sleep. As you wait for your body to adjust, practicing proper sleep hygiene can also help.

Start with the following tips:

  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule. This means doing your best to get into bed and wake up at the same time every day — even on weekends.
  • Establish a bedtime ritual for bedtime. For instance, consider winding down a half hour before lights out with a few stretches, some gentle yoga, guided imagery, prayer or a 10-minute meditation session.
  • Set the sleep stage. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark (no blue lights from smartphones or tablets) and comfortable and cool. The NSF recommends keeping the temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Avoid long, late-day naps. A short, 20-minute nap can help you feel revitalized but napping for a long period of time, or napping late in the day (after 3 pm), can make it tough to fall and stay asleep at night.
  • Cut out caffeine and nicotine. Both caffeine (in foods and beverages) and nicotine are stimulants and can cause sleep disturbances.

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National Sleep Awareness Week 2020

Sleep Awareness Week

How well do you sleep? National Sleep Awareness Week is March 1-8, and celebrates sleep health. This is the perfect time to encourage everyone to prioritize sleep, since sleep is important at every age and is a vital indicator of our overall health and well-being. We spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping.

Sleep problems in older adults are very common. Seven to nine hours each night is the amount of sleep recommended, and less may cause serious consequences to a person’s health and safety.

Yet, sleep can often be less deep and choppier than for those who are younger. Common problems include: having trouble falling asleep; waking up frequently during the night or early morning; or getting less quality sleep.

Primary sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or a disrupted sleep-wake cycle.

Anxiety, depression, and dementia can all increase your risk for inadequate sleep. Existing health conditions and various medications can also affect a good night’s sleep.

If you are having trouble sleeping, you should consider making an appointment with your physician. If he or she suspects a sleep disorder, they might recommend a sleep study.

Other treatments may include melatonin, which induces sleep faster and restores the sleep-wake cycle.

There are also some good sleeping habits which you should be aware of and learn to develop. They include: sticking to a sleep schedule, even on weekends; doing quiet activities, reading, before bed; avoiding bright lights before bed; limiting liquids before bed; avoiding naps throughout the day; eating 3-4 hours before bedtime, and taking a warm bath to relax.

In order to sleep well, make it a priority. Don’t make it the thing you do after everything else is done—stop doing other things so you can get the sleep you need. Sleep well!

Meals and activities from SAC’s Senior Center and Friendship Cafe

Friday, Feb. 28

• 8-9:30 a.m. – Friday Breakfast.

• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch.

Monday, March 2

Chicken Stir Fry.

• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.

• 1 p.m. – Bridge.

Tuesday, March 3

Swiss Steak.

• 10 a.m. – Coloring.

• 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Blood pressure checks.

• 12 p.m. – Legal Aid.

• 12 p.m. – Hand & Foot.

Wednesday, March 4

Turkey Ala King.

• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.

• 9 a.m. – Cribbage.

• 1 p.m. – Genealogy.

Thursday, March 5

Lasagna, Salad.

• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.

• 10:15 a.m. – “Bunco.”

• 12 p.m. – “500.”

Upcoming events

• Man in Black, Ives Auditorium. Tuesday, March 24. Leave at 10 a.m. Cost is $62 which includes transportation, ticket and lunch.

• International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota. Tuesday, March 31. Leave at 8:30 a.m. Join us for a wonder day learning about owls at the International Owl Center where we get to meet their current residents.

Cost is $79 which includes transportation on a coach bus, lunch at a restaurant along the way, tour of Center and snack on the way home. The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N.

, Suite 164, Cambridge, 763-689-6555.


Wake Up and Stay Safe: March 5-11 is National Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -5, New York)
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Event Type: Live Webinar
Cost: Free

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