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Today is the World Sleep Day: Sleep like a Baby!
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Today is the World Sleep Day: Sleep like a Baby! Today is the World Sleep Day: Sleep like a Baby!

Today is the World Sleep Day: Sleep like a Baby!

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.

March 17, 2017

Today is the World Sleep Day: Sleep like a Baby!

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.

March 17, 2017

This day aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Some surprising insights from the general insomnia statistics:

  • People today sleep 20% less than they did 100 years ago.
  • More than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia.
  • One in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime.
  • Between 40% and 60% of people over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia.
  • Women are up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia as men.
  • Approximately 35% of insomniacs have a family history of insomnia.
  • 90% of people who suffer from depression also experience insomnia.
  • People who suffer from sleep deprivation are 27% more likely to become overweight or obese. There is also a link between weight gain and sleep apnea.
  • A National Sleep Foundation Poll shows that 60% of people have driven while feeling sleepy (and 37% admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel) in the past year.
  • A recent Consumer Reports survey showed the top reason couples gave for avoiding sex was “too tired or need sleep.”
  • The data surrounding insomnia aren’t confined to the relationship between insomnia and health. This sleep disorder costs government and industry billions of dollars a year.
  • All the sobering statistics underscore the importance of enhancing sleep disorder awareness and why individuals need to seek immediate treatment for the health and the well-being of others.

Sources: National Sleep Foundation, Better Sleep Council, Max Zeller Söhne AG, WHO, @WorldSleep

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