World Sleep Day 2020

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World Sleep Day will be: Friday, March 13, 2020

This year’s international World Sleep Day theme is Better Sleep. Better Life. Better Planet. This is a global day highlighting the importance of sleep and calls upon communities around the world to take some action in relation to sleep health.

The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) wants to contribute to the Community Rebuilding Initiative after the recent devastating fires in Australia and has developed three new fact sheets to provide helpful information that can assist emergency services workers and all of those community members affected by the fires who are having trouble readjusting their sleep patterns after days and weeks of relentless sleeplessness and anxiety.

Sleep Health for emergency services personnel

Preventing chronic insomnia

Bushfire threat and sleep health: coping with uncertainty and anxiety

Our 2020 call to action is to encourage everyone to share these fact sheets with friends and family affected by the recent crisis to help highlight the importance of sleep in the disaster recovery phase. Sleep is critical during recovery to enable emotional stability and future planning. With homes and communities impacted, significant numbers of people cannot access adequate accommodation to enable sufficient sleep or are struggling to maintain good sleep health with ever changing conditions and stresses.

Understanding the links between sleep and mental health, including depression, anxiety and stress are also vital in the recovery phase of disasters.

We encourage anyone affected by the recent bushfire crisis who is not sleeping well, experiencing mood swings, depression, anxiety or stress to speak to family members and friends and seek advice from your doctor.

Help raise awareness of #WorldSleepDay by carrying out an awareness activity in your city, post it on social media and tag us.

  • Join us on Facebook and/or Twitter and share our messages and yours (and tag us).
  • Be aware that most sleep problems can be managed by changing behaviours around sleep, medical therapy, or cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Be aware that patients suffering from sleep complaints such as suspected sleep apnoea, or who suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness or insomnia should see their primary care provider and, if needed, obtain a consultation iwith a sleep physician.

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