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Happy World Sleep Day!


Hey, why are you awake reading this? It’s World Sleep Day!

Today is the perfect day to stay in bed and celebrate this international event established in 2008 by the World Association of Sleep Medicine.

As far as obscure national holidays go, having a World Sleep Day makes a lot more sense than National Lumpy Rug Day (May 3rd) or Moldy Cheese Day (Oct. 9th). Sleep feels wonderful and is good for us! Who doesn’t love it or wish they got more of it?

In fact, according to a Student Health 101 survey, 500 college students were asked what they’d love to be doing right now, the number two answer was “sleeping.” That answer surprisingly beat out eating good food, as well as other things you might expect.

But considering the fact that so many people don’t get enough sleep, it’s understandable.

Why don’t people get more sleep? Some of us try to cram too much into our days. But others, those who desperately want to catch more Zzzs, have trouble falling asleep.

The Mayo Clinic offers helpful but typical sleep tips, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol after a certain time, unplugging electronics and keeping a consistent sleep schedule.

For more unique ideas on how to get better sleep, read these suggestions offered by WebMD. Some of them were interesting:

    • Turn your clock away from you
    • Put a pillow between your legs
    • Keep pets out of your bed
    • Put your neck in a neutral position

However you choose to celebrate enjoy this day, may it end with blissful, restorative sleep.

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