World Sleep Day 2008

Fri, Sep 25, 2009

-- WSD 2008 --World SleepDay

World Sleep Day is an international annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep, sleep problems , and treatment of sleep disorders. 
  • The first World Sleep Day was launched on March 14th 2008 
  • It aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders
  • Sleep quality and sleep quantity are important.
March 21, first day of the spring season was a day to OPEN YOUR EYES FOR SLEEP. The change of wintertime to summertime confronts people with the consequences of sleep deprivation. This year, extra attention was drawn to the relation between a good night sleep to the HEART function.
The purpose of the World Sleep Day 2009 is to call for action on any and all important issues related to sleep, including, but not limited to the following:
  • sleep medication
  • sleep education
  • social aspects of sleep disorders
  • insomnia, anxiety, snoring, and other problems
  • drawsing driving
  • shift work
  • productivity vs. sleep 
  • personal relationship
  • parenting
World Sleep Day 2009 is being held on March 20th, under the slogan ‘Drive alert, arrive safe’.
  • This year’s theme is transportation, focusing on safety, travel and driving alertness
  • 1,500,000 people world-wide are killed due to drawsing driving, 40 to 50,000 only in North America
  • Events involving local groups took place in public settings around the world and online with the unveiling of:
    • declaration
    • presentation of educational materials
    • exhibition of videos.

The World Sleep Day declaration is as follows: 

  • Whereas, sleepiness and sleeplessness constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life
  • Whereas, much can be done to prevent and treat sleepiness and sleeplessness
  • Whereas, professional and public awareness are the firsts steps to action
  • Whereby DECLARE that the disorders of sleep are preventable and treatable medical conditions in every country of the world.
The Belgian Association for the Study of Sleep contributed to the Sleep Day by the following initiative:
  • Inviting sleep centers to organize information sessions
  • Some sleep centers have opened their doors, others invited people to a central place in the town or in the hospital for a speakers’ corner or a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Questionnaires have been distributed to the visiting public.
  • Filling out these questionnaire helped people to decide whether they had a reason to consult their familyl doctors about their sleeplessness or sleepiness.

 Watch Videos:  Introduction to  World Sleep Day, March 21, 2008


Watch Video:  Introduction to  World Sleep Day, March20, 2009

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