This year’s international theme is Better Sleep. Better Life. Better Planet. This is a global day highlighting the importance of sleep and calls upon communities around the world to take some action in relation to sleep health.
The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) wants to contribute to the Community Rebuilding Initiative after the recent devastating fires and has developed three new fact sheets to provide helpful information that can assist emergency services workers and all of those community members affected by the fires who are having trouble readjusting their sleep patterns after days and weeks of relentless sleeplessness and anxiety.
Our 2020 call to action is to encourage everyone to share these fact sheets with friends and family affected by the recent crisis to help highlight the importance of sleep in the disaster recovery phase. Sleep is critical during recovery to enable emotional stability and future planning. With homes and communities impacted, significant numbers of people cannot access adequate accommodation to enable sufficient sleep or are struggling to maintain good sleep health with ever changing conditions and stresses.
Understanding the links between sleep and mental health, including depression, anxiety and stress are also vital in the recovery phase of disasters.
We want to encourage anyone affected by the recent bushfire crisis who is not sleeping well, experiencing mood swings, depression, anxiety or stress to speak to family members and friends and seek advice from your doctor.
CRC Alertness, Safety & Productivity,
Fisher & Paykel
Australasian Sleep Association