19 March 2016 Current Affairs: The World Sleep Day is observed on Friday of the second full week of March. In 2016, the day falls on March 18. It is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008.It 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.The World Sleep Day is being celebrated the world over under the supervision of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM).The association has gone back to its old theme ‘Good sleep is a reachable dream’ this year.The three elements of good quality sleepDuration- The length of sleep should be sufficient for the sleeper to be rested and alert the following day.Continuity- Sleep cycles should be seamless without interruption.Depth- Sleep should be deep enough or sufficiently sound to be restorative and refreshing.Turn off your gadgets : This is a good strategy according to Russell Foster, director of Oxford University’s SCNi (Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute), as blue light emitted from smartphone, TV and computer screens can suppress melatonin (a hormone helping you sleep) and increase your alertnes.Get up early: If you’re having trouble sleeping, getting up earlier could be the solution for you. It may seem brutal, but it can get results.Forget your worries : Setting aside a quiet time in the evening to meditate, relax or pray was a popular response on Twitter.Work out : Whether you’re swimming, running, or practicing yoga, regular exercise can make for a great night’s sleep.Have a hot drink : A hot (non alcoholic) beverage before bed is a great way to relax and prepare for sleep says Foster, as long as it doesn’t contain caffeine.
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