World Sleep Day

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The World Sleep Day (Friday of the second full week of March) is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008.[1] It is aimed to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education and social aspects; to promote sleep disorders prevention and management.

Through the World Sleep Day the WASM tries to raise awareness of sleep disorders and their better understanding and preventability, and to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society that constitute a global epidemic and threaten health and quality of life for as much as 45% of the world's population.

Annual celebration[edit]

The World Sleep Day is held annually on the Friday before the March Equinox.[2] The first World Sleep Day was held on 14 March 2008. Events involving discussions, presentations of educational materials and exhibitions take place around the world and online.

Year Date Slogan
2008 14 March 'Sleep well, live fully awake'[3]
2009 20 March 'Drive alert, arrive safe'[4]
2010 19 March 'Sleep Well, Stay Healthy'[5]
2011 18 March 'Sleep Well, Grow Healthy'[3][6]
2012 16 March 'Breathe Easily, Sleep Well'[7]
2013 15 March 'Good Sleep, Healthy Aging'[7]
2014 14 March 'Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body'[7]
2015 13 March 'When sleep is sound, health and happiness abound'
2016 18 March 'Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream'


World sleep day 2016 celebrations 2016 on march 18th