World Sleep Day 2019

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Healthy Sleep, Healthy Ageing

World Sleep Day
is an annual, worldwide event, designed to increase the awareness of the need for good sleep health and a call to action on important issues related to sleep. Better understanding of sleep conditions and more research into the area of sleep is always at the heart of World Sleep Day.

Ageing and Sleep Health in our society is the message for this year’s World Sleep Day. Healthier ageing and a better understanding of how to sleep better as we age will help to reduce the overall burden of poor health on society.

This year the focus is on raising awareness about how important sleep is to improve and maintain your future physical and mental health and how the amount of sleep we need changes as we age. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours sleep while babies and children need even more sleep for optimal learning and play. This changes again as we reach our sixties.


  • Getting good quality and quantity of sleep is the key to ageing well improving the odds of physical, cognitive, and emotional health.
  • Getting good sleep in young adulthood and middle age reduces the risk of obesity and hypertension, protects against age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease, and has been associated with decreased rates of depression.
  • In some studies, regular sleep has even been associated with fewer signs of aging in facial skin and better tissue tone. Look better, feel better, be better.
  • There is a lot to be said for giving good quality sleep a high priority in our daily lives.”


A/Prof Sharon Naismith
Prof Romola Bucks
Associate Professor Hannah Keage
Emeritus Prof Dorothy Bruck
Dr Moira Junge
Prof David Hillman

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  • Join us on Facebook and/or Twitter and share our messages about #healthysleep, #healthyaging.
  • Download and print our fact sheets and pin on the notice board at work or the fridge at home.
  • Join World Sleep Day 2019 as a delegate or a supporter.
  • 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, or who suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, should see their primary care provider and, if needed, obtain a consultation in a sleep centre.
  • Visit and take a personalised sleep health check.