By Catherine Roberts
Organised by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, the day promotes healthy, undisturbed sleep that is often compromised by modern life.
Sleep disorders affect up to 45% of the world’s population and can have serious consequences.
World Sleep Day 2012 will focus on obstructive sleep apnoea, a respiratory disturbance that causes the muscles of the throat to relax and block the airway.
The NHS says that the disorder is linked to heart attacks and strokes, although it is unsure whether people develop hypertension as a response to sleep apnoea, or whether it is the result of an underlying cause of apnoea, such as obesity.
Treatment for sleep disorders can improve sleep so dramatically that it improves the patient’s quality of life.
World Sleep Day looks to educate people about how to better their health with improved sleeping habits.
For more information on World Sleep Day visit: http://www.worldsleepday.org