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World Sleep Day: How many hours of sleep do you have per day?


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Today is the World Sleep Day – WSD. Friday of the second full week of March is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008.

WSD is aimed to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education and social aspects; to promote sleep disorders prevention and management.

Despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, older people still need at least 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep. Since older adults often have trouble sleeping this long at night, daytime naps can help fill in the gap. Children and teenagers are said to need even more. So how many hours of sleep do you have, daily?

Through the World Sleep Day the WASM tries to raise awareness of sleep disorders and their better understanding and preventability, and to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society that constitute a global epidemic and threaten health and quality of life for as much as 45% of the world’s population.

The first World Sleep Day was held on 14 March 2008. Events involving discussions, presentations of educational materials and exhibitions take place around the world and online and below are the annual themes of WSD since inception…

Year              Date                     Slogan
2008              14 March              ‘Sleep well, live fully awake’
2009              20 March             ‘Drive alert, arrive safe’
2010              19 March              ‘Sleep Well, Stay Healthy’
2011              18 March               ‘Sleep Well, Grow Healthy’
2012              16 March               ‘Breathe Easily, Sleep Well’
2013              15 March               ‘Good Sleep, Healthy Aging’
2014              14 March               ‘Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body’
2015              13 March               ‘When sleep is sound, health and happiness abound’
2016              18 March               ‘Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream’


  • “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” — Ernest Hemingway (American novelist and journalist)
  • “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together” — Thomas Dekker(Elizabethan dramatist and writer)
  • “Sleep is the best meditation.” — The Dalai Lama (Buddhist monk and guru)
  • “The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.” — Marilyn Monroe (American actress and model)
  • “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” — Anthony Burgess (English writer and composer)
  • “Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loath them.” — Edgar Allen Poe (American writer and literary critic)
  • “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” — Homer, The Odyssey(Ancient Greek philosopher, poet and writer)
  • “Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.” — Fran Lebowitz (American author and public speaker)
  • “Indolence is the sleep of the mind.” — Luc de Clapiers (18th Century writer and moralist)
  • “Death, so called, is a thing that makes men weep, and yet a third of life is passed in sleep.” —Lord Byron (English poet)

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