Festival of Sleep Day.

The Festival of Sleep Day takes place annually on 3 January. It was created for people that would like to get some “shut eye” and relaxation After the Christmas shopping, holidays, parties and the New Year celebrations.

Sleep is a naturally recurring state of mind and body, characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings. It is distinguished from wakefulness by a decreased ability to react to stimuli, but more reactive than coma or disorders of consciousness, sleep displaying very different and active brain patterns.

Sleep occurs in repeating periods, in which the body alternates between two distinct modes: REM sleep and non-REM sleep. Although REM stands for “rapid eye movement”, this mode of sleep has many other aspects, including virtual paralysis of the body. A well-known feature of sleep is the dream, an experience typically recounted in narrative form, which resembles waking life while in progress, but which usually can later be distinguished as fantasy. During sleep, most of the body’s systems are in an anabolic state, helping to restore the immune, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems; these are vital processes that maintain mood, memory, and cognitive function, and play a large role in the function of the endocrine and immune systems. The internal circadian clock promotes sleep daily at night. The diverse purposes and mechanisms of sleep are the subject of substantial ongoing research. Sleep basically helps our bodies to regain energy for the next day, keeping our mind alert and ready for action.

Humans may suffer from various sleep disorders, including dyssomnias such as insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea; parasomnias such as sleepwalking and REM behavior disorder; bruxism; and circadian rhythm sleep disorders. An irrational fear of sleep is known as Somniphobia. The advent of artificial light has substantially altered sleep timing in industrialized countries. However Having a lack of sleep can be fatal to the human body and mind, effects caused by little to no sleep over an extended period of time are as follows.

  • Lack of sufficient sleep can cause people to have vehicular and other types of accidents,
  • A Lack of sleep can dumb you down. As we all know, sleep plays a critical role in our thinking and learning processes. We also know that a lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Secondly, sleep helps to retain memories of the day’s experience. Meaning that with a lack of sleep, we would not remember much of the previous day’s experiences. This makes sleep incredibly important for students, from those in college to those simply trying to learn a new language on their own.
  • A long term lack of sleep can also cause many serious health problems including Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Diabetes

More events taking place on 3 January

• Humiliation Day.

• J.R.R. Tolkien Day.

• National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

• National Drinking Straw Day.

• National Write to Congress Day.

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