Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 8:41 pm    

Sleep is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle. But because of the stresses and demands of modern life, people sometimes see sleep as non-essential. This spurred healthcare professionals who specialize in sleep medicine and research to establish World Sleep Day, an annual event that celebrates and emphasizes the importance of sleep in a society that would rather run 24/7. It seeks to raise awareness of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia, and about the health issues related to lost sleep.

This year, World Sleep Day will be held on March 13 and the slogan is “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet.” The annual event, which has been celebrated by the World Sleep Day Committee since 2008, always falls on the Friday before the vernal equinox. Next year, it will be held on March 12.

There are many reasons why people today don’t get as much sleep as doctors recommend. Many people have trouble falling asleep at night because they fail to establish a nighttime routine that includes winding down and unplugging from their electronics. Many people work on their laptops or watch movies when they should be getting ready for bed, which keeps the mind active even if the body is exhausted. Other reasons for troubled sleep are excessive caffeine, eating late, late shifts at work, stress, and drug side effects. World Sleep Day aims to raise awareness of bad habits that could be getting in the way of a full night’s rest.

But sometimes, lost sleep is caused by a sleep disorder, which might require medical intervention. Over 100 million people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that blocks airflow, causing the person to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. This leaves the person feeling tired in the morning. Sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk for high blood pressure, heart failure, ADHD, or a stroke.

Contact the OSA Team at Silent Night Therapy

If you’re having trouble getting a full night’s rest, either because of a sleep disorder or otherwise, the sleep experts at Silent Night Therapy are ready to help. We believe everyone deserves to sleep well, so call us at (631) 983-2463 today.