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World Sleep Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of quality sleep to overall health and wellbeing. Sponsored by the World Sleep Society, it aims to lessen the burden of sleep disorders through prevention and management, which often remain undiagnosed and untreated. For Australians, this observance highlights critical areas such as improving education around sleep health, the link between sleep and mental fitness, and the impact of lifestyle factors on sleep quality.
The inception of World Sleep Day dates back to 2008, and with each passing year, it garners more recognition and participation worldwide. For Australia, where around 40% of adults experience inadequate sleep, this day has substantial relevance. Given Australia's high rates of sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnoea, it plays an important role in promoting the importance of good sleep hygiene. Moreover, World Sleep Day also underscores the correlation between sleep disorders and chronic illnesses prevalent in Australia, like diabetes and heart disease.
World Sleep Day is traditionally marked in Australia with robust awareness campaigns, expert-led discussions, and sleep-hygiene workshops. Several health practitioners and researchers leverage the occasion to share their insights and offer actionable tips for better sleep hygiene. From health institutions to schools and workplaces, it's an observance that is intertwined with a broad stroke of promotional activities. It usually occurs on the Friday before the March Equinox, which falls approximately around the third week of March.
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