Minnesota: The World Sleep Day is celebrated across the globe on Friday.The theme for this year is ‘Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life.’
World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.
It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society (founded by WASM and WSF) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. As of 2016, World Sleep Day had a total of 394 delegates in 72 countries around the globe.
Evening routines play an important role in helping us drift off to sleep easily. On World Sleep Day, March 17, sleep specialist Dr Frédérique Aussert explains how everyone can create their own ideal environment to relax and unwind before bedtime.
There’s no point saying to someone who doesn’t like reading to curl up with a good book to help them fall asleep. “The aim is to make your bed your friend, and to get into habits that help increase our feeling of well being,” explains Dr Frédérique Aussert.
Generally, activities that increase body temperature, such as taking a warm bath or working out, aren’t recommended less than two hours before bedtime, but if you find that works for you, then there’s no need to stop.
There are a few other things you can try to help you relax and unwind. For example, spraying lavender essential oil on your pillow can have a sedative effect, and herbal teas, such as passion flower and valerian, are known to promote sleep. Limit yourself to one small cup to keep nighttime toilet trips to a minimum.