World Sleep Day – this Friday!

At the Better Sleep Council we work hard to help consumers understand the importance of sleep and the role that their sleep surface and sleep sanctuary play in getting those precious zzz’s. This past weekend we all took a “spring forward” and lost an hour of sleep. I don’t know about you, but the dark morning and stolen hour took its toll on me! Who knew 60 little minutes would make such a difference!

There are so many great organizations out there talking “sleep” and helping to raise awareness about the negative effects of not getting enough quality sleep.

This Friday is World Sleep Day 2015. Annually, the World Association of Sleep Medicine sponsors the event in an effort to raise awareness of sleep disorders and highlight the burden that they place on society. The BSC previously reported that the lack of sleep is considered an epidemic! The slogan for this year’s World Sleep Day goes something like this – “WHEN SLEEP IS SOUND, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ABOUND”

“Poor sleep negatively affects learning, memory, relationships, success and even the immune system,” said Terry Cralle, R.N., certified clinical sleep educator and health and wellness spokesperson for the BSC. “The BSC encourages everyone to reevaluate their current sleep environment and taking actions to improve overall sleep hygiene.”

Sleep is one part of the health equation. Think sleep + nutrition + exercise = a happy, healthy you!

Be proactive, encourage those around you to be proactive – take the appropriate steps to establish your own sleep sanctuary, learn how to sleep better with your partner and invest in rest – make certain that you are sleeping on a quality, supportive mattress.

Hats off to the team at the World Association of Sleep Medicine for doing their part to educate the public and help them get the restorative sleep they need. Learn more by taking part in the World Sleep Day and stay tuned for the BSC’s very own “May is Better Sleep Month.”

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Blogger:  Mary Helen Uusimaki
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