Wake Up! Today is World Sleep Day

By Paul Riegler on 17 March 2017
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In addition to being St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 is also World Sleep Day.

The annual observance is focused on raising awareness on the topic and advancing our knowledge of sleep including sleep disorders and circadian rhythms.

People who travel frequently and experience jet lag are also prone to a variety of sleep disorders.

Long-term lack of sleep and sleep disorders are associated with multiple deleterious health consequences including obesity, depression, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and an increased risk of hypertension. Sleep disorders also can result in automobile accidents and injuries and have an adverse impact on family well-being.

Experts estimate that 50 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder that hinders their ability to function on a daily basis as well as causes health issues. Not all sleep disorders are the same: sleep researchers believe there are roughly 90 distinct sleep disorders and symptoms range from difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and excessive daytime somnolence.

Sleep disorders are not only very common but also easily treatable in many cases, hence the justification for dedicating a day to the topic.

World Sleep Day was created by the World Sleep Society, a partnership between the World Sleep Federation and World Association of Sleep Medicine. The two groups promote education and research on the topic.

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