World Sleep Day: Celebrating Healthy Sleep
by UCare Team
Today is World Sleep Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of sleep. Hosted by World Sleep Society since 2008, this global event aims to celebrate healthy sleep and address important issues related to sleep.
Sleep is not a luxury but a need. It plays a crucial role in our physical and mental well-being. Yet, many of us struggle with getting enough quality sleep. On this World Sleep Day, let us take a moment to reflect on our own sleep habits and make changes where necessary.
Sleep is essential for good health and well-being. Here are some benefits of getting enough sleep:
- Improved mood: Sleep restores the body and improves energy levels, so waking up well-rested can have a positive impact on an individual’s mood.1
- Healthy heart: Adequate sleep is important for heart health.2
- Regulated blood sugar: Sleep helps regulate blood sugar levels.1
- Improved mental function: Good sleep improves your brain performance, memory, alertness, and problem-solving capabilities.3
- Restored immune system: Getting enough sleep can improve your immune function.1
- Better management of weight: Adequate sleep can help with weight management.2
- Lower stress: Getting enough sleep can help lower stress levels.3
The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person and is affected by several factors such as age, genetics, and lifestyle. However, for most adults, 7-9 hours per night is considered ideal.4 Older adults (ages 65 and older) need 7-8 hours of sleep each day.4 It’s important to pay attention to how you feel during the day to determine whether you’re getting enough sleep.
What are some tips for better sleep?
- Stick to a sleep schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day sets your body’s internal clock to expect sleep at a certain time night after night.5
- Pay attention to what you eat and drink: Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.6
- Create a restful environment: Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.6
- Limit daytime naps: Long naps during the day can interfere with nighttime sleep.6
World Sleep Day is a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the critical role that sleep plays in our health and well-being. By promoting healthy sleep habits and encouraging individuals to seek treatment for sleep-related issues, we can help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. So, on this World Sleep Day, let's commit to making regular, restful sleep a priority for a healthy future.
- Eight Health Benefits of Sleep (April 15, 2022) https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/benefits-of-sleep
- 11 Health Benefits of Sleep (September 28, 2022) https://www.health.com/condition/sleep/11-surprising-health-benefits-of-sleep
- 10 Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep (October 21, 2022) https://www.verywellhealth.com/top-health-benefits-of-a-good-nights-sleep-2223766
- How Much Sleep Do I Need? (August 22, 2022) https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-requirements
- Tips for Better Sleep (September 13, 2022) https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html
- Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep (May 07, 2022) https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-20048379
Posted on Mar 15, 2023