March 14, 2014 was celebrated as a World Sleep Day all over the world. It was first celebrated in 2008 by World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and since then being celebrated every year on the second Friday of the March. The aim to celebrate this day is to applaud 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.

Through this event WASM hopes to create awareness about the numerous 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.

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