World Sleep Day is Coming!
Hosted by the World Sleep Society, Friday 15th March 2019 sees the 12th annual World Sleep Day.
World Sleep Day is an internationally recognised awareness event bringing researchers, health professionals and patients together to recognise sleep and its important impact on our health. This year the theme is ‘Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging’ highlighting the importance of sleep in overall health at any age. 1
NHS guidelines state that most adults need between 6 and 9 hours sleep per night. 2 Modern day pressures are often to blame for the reduced hours of sleep a night however some prominent figures are vocal about their requirements for a solid block of hours sleep per night. Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), Andrea Huffington (CEO of Thrive Global, set up Huffington Post), 3 Cees’t Hart (President and CEO of Carlsberg Group) 4 all protect their shut eye with carefully scheduled diaries. Huffington’s Thrive Global is a partner of World Sleep Day 2019. 1
Sleep deprivation can also be caused by disorders, ranging from snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) all which can be controlled to increase quality and quantity of sleep. 5 If you are unable to maintain sleep at regular times or finding you are waking unrefreshed it may be worthwhile recording a sleep diary. This diary will assist any conversations you have with a medical professional and assist with any diagnostics you may then undertake.
You may also be interested in taking our online sleep test which will give you an indication of how likely you are to be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, although this is not a medical diagnosis so be sure to seek the advice of your medical professional if you’re at all concerned about your health.
5 https://www.resmed.com/in/en/healthcare-professional/diagnosis-and-treatment/sleep-disordered-breathing/types-of-sleep-disordered-breathing.html including references from Sleep–Related Breathing Disorders in Adults: Recommendations for Syndrome Definition and Measurement Techniques in Clinical Research. The Report of an American Academy of Sleep Medicine Task Force SLEEP, Vol. 22, No. 5, 1999 Peppard et al. Increased Prevalence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Adults. Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Eckert. Central Sleep Apnea pathophysiology and treatment. Chest. 2007 Morgenthaler T. Complex sleep apnea syndrome: is it a unique clinical syndrome? Sleep Vol 29 No 9 2006 http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/290911.pdf
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