Obtaining a great night's sleep for many people seems to be a natural thing, while for others it's more difficult because of sleep habits or sleep disorders that they may not even know about. These could cause long-term consequences. One event dedicated to educating individuals about their sleep habits and how they can change how they sleep effectively is Sleep Awareness Week.
The annual Sleep Awareness Week is being held by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) March 14th through the 20th, 2021. This yearly event encourages people to prioritize their sleep to enhance their overall well-being and health, and celebrate sleep health. It's a week-long sleep health celebration. This annual event always starts at the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.
The National Sleep Foundation is 501(c )(3) nonprofit corporation that is dedicated to improve our health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy.
What Is the Mission of Sleep Awareness Week?
The National Sleep Foundation is committed to improving well-being and health through sleep education and advocacy. As a sleep health global voice, the NSF educates people about how important sleep health is through their yearly Sleep Awareness Week campaign.
During Sleep Awareness Week, NSF offers valuable information about how sleep impacts well-being, health, and safety, and about the benefits of optimal sleep.
NSF also will release the results for its yearly Sleep in America Poll on a sleep-related topic about the public's:
Sleep Awareness Week has a pretty long history, too — given it launched in 1998.
What Is This Year's Sleep Awareness Week's Theme?
This year, the 2021 theme for Sleep Awareness Week is "Celebrate Sleep Health."
What can you do to observe this year’s Sleep Awareness Week?
- Take advantage of this “reminder” to identify if you’re having sleep issues.
- Use the hashtags #SleepAwarenessWeek, #CelebrateSleep, #SleepAwarenessWeek #CelebrateYourSleepHealth, on social media, to promote good sleep.
- Convince family and friends to see if they require a sleep habit assessment.
- Ask your physician if you can schedule an appointment with a sleep expert to know if you require changes to your sleep habits.
- Visit the National Sleep Foundation to learn about possible health disorders and risks that might arise from a lack of sleep.
What Were Some Previous Sleep Awareness Week Themes?
Previous Sleep Awareness Week themes include:
- Sleep Awareness Week 2020: The theme for the 2020 Sleep Awareness Week was "My Sleep Health." The Poll results showed individuals in the U.S. feel sleepy around three times a week, and 62% of them attempt to "shake it off."
- Sleep Awareness Week 2019: The theme for the 2019 Sleep Awareness Week was "Your Day Begins with Sleep." The NSF's America Poll results showed sleepers who were disciplined could afford the occasional shift of a minimum of an hour in their sleep schedule, without dealing with consequences the following day.
Tips to Improve Your Sleep Health
The National Sleep Foundation has provided the following tips to help improve your sleep health:
- Set calming bedtime rituals, like reading a book, listening to calm music, or taking a warm bath.
- Go to bed and wake up each day at the same time, even on weekends. It's essential your body has a routine sleep schedule.
- Ensure you have a quiet bedroom. Turn off all noisy distractions like your television set. Use "white noise" like a sound machine, fan, or app, or wear earplugs to silence unwanted noise.
- Ensure your bedroom is cool. In order to initiate sleep, your body temperature decreases naturally. You can help promote sleep by keeping your bedroom temperature between 60 to 67 degrees.
- Keep your bedroom dark. Dim your digital clock's lights, and use blackout shades to block out light.
- Sleep on a comfortable and supportive mattress. You could try PlushBeds Botanical Bliss.
- Regularly exercise. Swimming, yoga, walking, or another low-impact fitness program is helpful for managing stiffness and pain, and enhancing sleep.
- Eat your meals two to three hours before bedtime.
- Limit how much caffeine you put into your body in the afternoon.
- Skip nicotine and alcohol when it's close to bedtime (or altogether). Nicotine and alcohol in your body can cause nighttime waking, and disrupt your sleep.
Here at PlushBeds, we hope you have a great night of sleep, not only during Sleep Awareness Week, but throughout the year.
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