Mark your calendar. All across the globe, people will be celebrating World Sleep Day on Friday, March 14, 2014. This annual event is dedicated to raising awareness about important issues and concerns related to sleep. So just where will you celebrate World Sleep Day?
What is World Sleep Day All About?
Occurring on the Friday before the Spring Equinox, World Sleep Day is organized by the World Sleep Day organization, an international group whose mission is to advance sleep health worldwide. Sleep problems are theorized as a global epidemic threatening the health and quality of life for up to 45 percent of the world’s population.
The inaugural World Sleep Day happened in 2008 with the theme, “Sleep Well, Live Fully Awake.” Each year the focus changes in order to help raise awareness about better prevention and management of various sleep disorders. The theme for this year’s event is “Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body,” in order to specifically highlight obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its preventable risk factors. This condition is defined by episodes where breathing pauses throughout the night due to an obstruction in the individual’s airway.
If left undiagnosed and therefore untreated, OSA can increase a person’s risk for a number of life-threatening health concerns such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Experts currently believe that close to 80 percent of people with sleep apnea are not diagnosed, which in the United States alone, this estimate equates to about 50 to 70 million adults.
Official Delegates of World Sleep Day
More than 200 World Sleep Day delegates in over 50 countries across the world will be holding sleep awareness activities. As an official delegate of World Sleep Day, Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA) will be taking its bed to iconic locations in Tampa Bay such as Ybor City, Vinoy Park, and the Tarpon Springs Sponge docks, just to name a few, to commemorate the day and raise awareness about sleep apnea.
If you live in San Francisco, head over to the Golden Gate Bridge. If you call St. Louis your home, venture over to the Gateway Arch. If your address is in DC, take a walk over to the Lincoln Memorial. Or if you are visiting London, hitch a ride on a double decker to Big Ben or in Paris, the metro to the Eiffel Tower. No matter where you might be in the world on March 14, take a few moments to stop and think about the wonders of sleep and how it is just as important to our health as what we eat and how we exercise.
If you believe that you might have sleep apnea and would like to discover your best treatment option, please contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 or schedule a free consultation.