We hope you plan to join in the recognition of World Sleep Day® on March 18, 2022! Scheduled on the Friday prior to the Spring Vernal Equinox each year (and a convenient reminder to get good sleep over the weekend). Interestingly, The National Sleep Awareness Week in the U.S. is from March 13-19, which overlaps World Sleep Day®.
So, today it’s important to prioritize healthy sleep, maybe for the weekend, or better yet, every day!
What is World Sleep Day?
World Sleep Day 2022 is an annual event hosted by the World Sleep Society since 2008. It’s intended to not only be a celebration of sleep but focus on easing the burden of sleep concerns on society through better management and prevention of sleep disorders. March 18, 2022, will mark the 15th annual celebration and incorporate the slogan: Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World!
Since 2008, World Sleep Day has drawn attention from celebrities and media around the world and more than 88 countries have participated.
Make sure you follow @_WorldSleep on Twitter for the latest news and tips (#WorldSleepDay)
General Sleep Information:
- Most sleep disorders are treatable or preventable or treatable, yet less than one-third of the individuals seek professional help. 
- Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population. 
- Lack of sleep is related to depression, anxiety and psychosis. 
- About 75% of adults with depression  suffer from insomnia.
Over the last few years, sleep is becoming a more and more prevalent topic in medical communities, but more importantly, in everyday discussion.
How has the conversation about sleep changed in recent years?
Thanks to an increase in scholarly interest in sleep, sleep disorders and the impacts of sleep on health, the number of papers and studies on the subject each year has increased exponentially.
According to a 2017 study,  the number of Sleep fellowship programs has increased by 12% since 2012. The number of applicants to these programs increased by 38%, and slots filled have increased by 7%. The short of it — more medical students are pursuing sleep medicine than ever before.
The Importance of Sleep
According to Dr. Mathias Basner of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, “People are slowly getting it. We're getting more interested in sleep.” This growing interest in sleep among those of us without an MD or a bunch of other letters after our name could be due to celebrities, athletes and entrepreneurs attributing sleep as one of their keys to success.
- Tom Brady admitted he goes to bed at 8:30 p.m. every night.
- Bill Gates swears by getting seven hours a night to maximize creativity.
- Tim Ferriss prioritizes his sleep with temperature regulation and optimized deep sleep from the ChiliPad.
- Beyoncé believes in the power of sleep, stating, “having peace, happiness and healthiness is my definition of beauty.”
The conversation about sleep has left the doctor's office and moved its way into our everyday lives.
With more and more of us focusing on the importance of sleep in our lives, we have created a demand for more research and better solutions for the medical and societal issues (literally) keeping us up at night.
What can we do to keep moving forward? We can keep the discussion going and don't settle for anything less than great sleep. At Chilisleep, we can help with our water-based cooling systems.
National Sleep Awareness
As stated above, sleep is important for everyone every day! Unfortunately, modern conveniences like electricity and electronic devices (e.g., phones, TV) have changed our sleep patterns and habits. No longer do we go to sleep at sundown, or rise in the morning with the sun. We work, play, and sleep at all hours of the day…and night.
Hence, as study findings highlight poorer sleep in the U.S., we need to become more intentional about our sleep. Awareness campaigns are one means of reminding us to do that.
Sleep Awareness Week
The National Sleep Awareness Week© takes place March 13 - 19, 2022, spearheaded by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation in the U.S. Started in 1998, the Sleep Awareness Week is part of a targeted public health education campaign focused on sleep.
The focus this year includes recognizing sleep as a key measure of health and wellbeing. The timing for this event aligns with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time (DST) [link to Mollie blog], a time practice that can be disruptive to sleep and circadian timing (AASM, 2021; Cruz et al., 2019).
National Napping Day
Celebrated on March 14th, National Napping Day is supposed to help you “catch up” on the hour of sleep lost due to the Daylight Savings Time change [5,6]. Created in 1999 by a Boston University professor to heighten awareness of the importance and benefits of sleep.
It essentially mimics the Spanish “siesta” or afternoon nap tradition. In fact, a midday nap was quite common before the Industrial Revolution. While naps may not be the best sleep strategy for people struggling with disturbed sleep, a short 20 minute nap can be beneficial (Brooks & Lack, 2006)!
Read More: How to Adjust to Daylight Savings Time
Festival of Sleep Day
The Festival of Sleep Day is a modern-day American celebration aimed at helping people recover from the “social jetlag” or sleep loss related to the holidays. Hence, it is always celebrated on the 3rd of January. You can let this date serve as a prompt to focus on sleep as a self-care strategy!
Unfortunately, none of these “holidays” are officially recognized, nor do we receive time-off to observe them. However, we can still use them as reminders of the importance of sleep and make sure we incorporate it into our health plan.
Get Cooler Sleep
We at ChiliSleep want to promote best practices and practical ways to promote quality sleep for all. You can also check out our products below for more information. Our sleep systems can help you stay cool under the covers all night long and get deeper, restorative sleep.
Cube Sleep System:
Discover your perfect temperature for deep sleep. With the Cube, you can set it and forget it. This sleep system provides an easy way to sleep at your ideal temperature all night long. Just plug it in, fill it with water and set your temperature on the device or remote; that’s it! Hello, cooler sleep!
OOLER Sleep System:
With the OOLER, you can schedule different temperatures with the mobile app, ranging from 55-115ª throughout the night to get your best sleep possible. Plus, choose the built-in warm awake function and never have to use an alarm clock again!
Read More: Water-Based Cooling; How it Works
“ChiliSleep is HANDS DOWN the best thing we have ever done for our sleep! And In every way, shape, and form they have helped my sleep. Deep sleep, REM, HRV, all of it!" - David Nurse
Research the science of sleep, talk to your doctor, find sleep solutions that work for you and share them and don't be afraid to invest in your sleep.
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