Happy World Sleep Day!
National Sleep Awareness Week has gotten us here at Chili thinking – How has the conversation about sleep changed in recent years?
We have good news!
Sleep is becoming a more and more prevalent topic in medical communities, but more importantly, in everyday discussion. Thanks to an increase in scholarly interest in sleep, sleep disorders and the impacts of sleep on health, the number of papers and studies on the subject each year have increased exponentially. According to a 2017 study, the number of Sleep fellowship programs has increased by 12% since 2012. The number of applicants to these programs increased by 38% and slots filled have increased 7%. The short of it – more medical students are pursuing sleep medicine than ever before.
From the doctor’s office to your office
According to Dr. Mathias Basner of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, “People are slowly getting it. We’re getting more interested in sleep.” This growing interest in sleep among those of us without an MD or a bunch of other letters after our name could be due to celebrities, athletes and entrepreneurs attributing sleep as one of their keys to success.
For example, 6-time Super Bowl Champ, Tom Brady admitted he goes to bed at 8:30 p.m. every night. Bill Gates swears by getting seven hours a night to maximize creativity. Tim Ferriss prioritizes his sleep with temperature regulation and optimized deep sleep from the ChiliPad. Last but not least, Beyoncé believes in the power of sleep, stating, “having peace, happiness and healthiness is my definition of beauty. And you can’t have any of that without sleep.” Point being the conversation about sleep has left the doctor’s office and moved its way into our everyday lives.
Keep up the sleep talking!
With more and more of us focusing on the importance of sleep in our lives, we have created a demand for more research and better solutions for the medical and societal issues (literally) keeping us up at night. What can we do to keep moving forward? Keep the discussion going! Don’t settle for anything less than great sleep. Research the science of sleep, talk to your doctor, find sleep solutions that work for you and share them and don’t be afraid to invest in your sleep.
Happy World Sleep Day from your friends at Chili!