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We are at our very best, and we are happiest when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.

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Getting a good night’s sleep for many is a natural activity that people can do. While rest may seem like the most natural thing in the world for people to do, many people may have sleep disorders and sleeping habits that they don’t know about, causing long term consequences. Sleep Awareness Week is a holiday all about educating people about their sleeping habits and how they can effectively change the way they sleep.

History of Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep can be considered an underappreciated aspect of peoples lives. Poor sleep is heavily linked to weight gain, decrease concentration and productivity, increase the risks of heart diseases and strokes, is connected to depression, and can affect emotional and social interactions.

Disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and night terrors can significantly change how people interact and live throughout their lives. Sleep problems have also contributed to a  larger issue: a lack of understanding about health.

Sleep Awareness Week aims to highlight the importance of good sleep and educate people about how they can better improve their sleeping habits.

Founded by the National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Awareness Week gives people the opportunity to learn about why sleep is important, how good sleep can improve health and whether or not their sleeping habits may be a problem that needs to be checked on.

The importance of this holiday comes from the fact that while sleep medicine is considered to be a practice, many people don’t check up on what their sleeping habits can do to their health. Hence, the National Sleep Foundation each year takes this opportunity to give people seminars, informative brochures, and assessments about sleep to better improve people’s lives.

How to Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week gives people a chance to see if they have sleep problems. Promote good sleep using social media by using the hashtag #SleepAwarenessWeek. Convince your friends and family to see if they need an assessment of their sleeping habits.

Ask your doctor if you can get an appointment with a sleep professional to know if you need to change your sleeping habits. Head on over to the National Sleep Foundation to learn about the potential health risks and disorders that may arise from a lack of sleep. Take their online poll to see if you have any sleeping disorders.