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Tips for Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body #WorldSleepDay (Gift Card Giveaway ends 3/16/14)

 

*I have partnered with Philips to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Good Night Sleep

Have you head of World Sleep Day? There really is such a day dedicated to getting a better night’s sleep.

This year World Sleep Day is March 14, 2014. It’s funny that World Sleep Day is the very same day that I will most likely get very little sleep. I’ll be flying home from California and by the time I get home to my house I’ll have less than three hours to get some sleep before I need to get up and start my day again.

I can’t tell you enough how much I need a day to celebrate sleep. With my very busy upcoming trip to California, a three hour time difference and the late night flight home I’ll barely get a chance to catch up on some sleep before I’m back to my usual daily grind of being a mom, wife and blogger. Getting my kids to school,  going with hubby to his doctor’s appointment, getting posts written, going through my inbox and all of my everyday tasks of being a stay-at-home mom who runs her own business full time (I consider being a blogger just like having a business) is just a small snippet of my first day back home. It’s also pretty much how my daily life is. I’m on the go from 5:45 AM to around midnight every night.

Sleep is very important for not only your overall physical wellbeing but also your mental health too. Lack of healthy sleep can lead to serious health issues like hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In addition poor quality of sleep can cause poor alertness, lack of concentration and attention and decreased productivity at school or work. I can testify how lack of sleep affects my abilities to get things done. It have a hard time even writing a blog post when I’m tired. I simply can’t stay focused.

Lack of enough sleep can also increase the risk for an irregular heartbeat, worsen heart failure and increase the chance of having work related or driving accidents. Never get behind the wheel of a car if you are tired!

Sleep plays a very important role in everything we do. Lack of sleep has a negative impact on our overall quality of life.

Love this picture. My hubby sleeping with the Abominable Snowman ("Bumble") from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

Love this picture. My hubby sleeping with the Abominable Snowman (“Bumble”) from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

World Sleep Day is an annual event. It helps bring awareness around the globe about the importance sleep. World Sleep Day is organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) who aims to advance sleep health through education, research and sleep medicine.

World Sleep Day wants to help people of all ages to get a restful night sleep, easy breathing and a healthy body. Philips Healthcare’s annual Sleep Powers Initiative for 2014 is all about bringing awareness to healthy sleep.

Philips is committed to helping bring awareness of the seriousness of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders such as OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) which, if not properly managed, can have a significant impact on a person’s health and well-being. Philips wants to help enable a level of freedom and independence by delivering intuitive, simple-to-use solutions in the place where people want and need it to be – their home.

I had sleep apnea years ago when I was 100+ pounds heavier than I was now. I actually felt myself stop breathing which would jolt me awake. It’s scary when you or a loved one suffers from it.

It is estimated that 100 million people globally suffer from OSA and most people don’t even realize that they have it and up to 80% of suffers go undiagnosed. Those number are shocking!

Here are the symptoms of OSA. Please look them over and see if any of them apply to your or your loved ones.

Loud, disruptive snoring; gasping or choking during sleep

Excessive daytime sleepiness

Morning headaches; memory or learning problems

Feeling irritable and not being able to concentrate on your work

Mood swings or personality changes; perhaps feeling depressed

Dry throat when you wake up and frequent urination at night

You can also take a OSA test to find out if you might be suffering from OSA. To take that quiz please click on this link – OSA Risk Assessment

Philips has created a Sleep Quiz that scores a person’s quality of sleep based on their answers to simple sleeping
habits and health questions.

Sleep Quiz

I took the quiz and my answers were mostly B’s, but I did have a C tossed in there too. Honestly I would have thought I would have answered more C’s. I truly feel that I have major sleeping issues.

Philips has some great tips to help you get a better night’s sleep.

Sleep Tips

These are great tips and I can benefit from not one but all of them. Even my naps are too long. I have been known to take 1-3 hour naps. I found the information about the nightlights interesting too. We don’t have any in my home but we do have light that comes in from the streetlights at night. I wonder if they are affecting the quality of sleep of me and my family. My kids have black out curtains. Perhaps I need to invest in some for our entire condo.

If you would like additional tips and information please visit Philip’s World Sleep Day webpage, www.Philips.com/WorldSleepDay.

You can also join in on the conversation via the various social media sites.

Follow the World Sleep Day 2014 conversation:

The official hashtag for World Sleep Day is #WorldSleepDay.

To help encourage you to check your sleeping habits and make an effort to improve your sleep I have a $50 VISA gift card to give to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only and will end on March 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please take the Sleep Quiz above and comment on what your score revealed about your sleeping habits – OR – tell me ways in which you can improve YOUR sleep to help ensure a healthy life that is fueled with energy?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.

Comments

  1. Mary Happymommy says:

    I took the quiz and I’m a moderate sleeper.

  2. My risk came out High…I sorta knew it would.

  3. I took the quiz–I am a moderate sleeper though I would love love to get more sleep.

  4. I’m a moderate sleeper according to the quiz.

  5. Cynthia R says:

    I took the quiz and I am at low risk.

  6. kelly mcgrew says:

    i am a moderate sleeper —– what i figured i was.

  7. Birdiebee says:

    It says my risk for sleep apnea is high. I have problems sleeping due to severe pain as well as issues since I lost my child.

  8. Jennifer H. says:

    I really need to work on improving the whole family’s sleeping habits. I have two sons with Autism who both have sleep issues so sleep is very precious. We have come a long way in the last year but are continuing to work on healthy sleep habits.

  9. Kelly D says:

    My score said my risk of sleep apnea is low. I would like to start using a sound machine to get a better night’s sleep though.

  10. Michele P says:

    my risk of sleep apnea is low, but I’d like to be able to get more sleep and need to work on getting to bed earlier.

  11. I’m in the C range…I need less stress and more sleep.

  12. I need to learn to unplug at night before bed and reduce my stress level to improve my sleep.

  13. I took the quiz. I have sleep apnea! Before I started wearing my CPAP I answered all Cs. I couldn’t stay awake during the day and I had horrific headaches. Doctors thought I had narcolepsy! I feel and sleep SO much better now!

    I love that you all are bringing attention to this issue!

  14. I am a moderate sleeper- wish I could get a bit more sleep at night- it would be nice .

  15. Kelly Kimmell says:

    I am a moderate sleeper!

  16. I am a below normal sleeper. I am lucky if I get 4 hours a night.

  17. Vicki Wurgler says:

    mostly A’s pro sleeper

  18. Holly Thomas says:

    I didn’t score very well, my problem is I can’t sleep through the night.

  19. katie mitchell says:

    pro sleeper

  20. I am a moderate sleeper