Sleep Health Foundation brings you Sleep Awareness Week August 3-9 2020, Australia

03 August 2020

Sleep in the Time of COVID-19: Top Tips to Catch Zzzz’s
Sleep Awareness Week (SAW) is held annually in Australia, and at different times throughout the world and is an awareness raising campaign to advocate the importance of sleep to our overall health. The week long campaign creates awareness, has a call to action with the aim of Australians having improved sleep 52 weeks per year.

  • This year the focus of SAW will be on the relationship between sleep and anxiety, depression and stress such as from the COVID-19 pandemic and the catastrophic Australian summer bushfires. 
  • The SHF has developed many resources this year for the public to be able to obtain adequate sleep and stay mentally and physically healthy in periods of hardship.(See COVID-19 Resources) 
  • We have also recently bundled up the factsheets into Mental Health Resources

Suggested activities:
Consider a morning tea and/or a PJ day as a novelty to highlight discussions about sleep as a tool for increased coping and prevention of long term harm; consider a gold coin donation to the Sleep Health Foundation
Hold a competition within your workplace to hear from your own people how best to improve sleep and reduce fatigue in your workplace – consider the prize to be a “wellness day” (of extra leave)
Managers and leaders to talk about sleep, using SHF resources throughout SAW in weekly meetings
Encourage your staff to prioritise sleep throughout SAW (and the other 51 weeks per year)
Please share banner, poster and fact sheets and Covid-19 resources widely via your internal and social media channels
Please feel free to use any of our infographics with your messaging throughout SAW (and beyond)
Please like and share the SHF posts 

Suggested hashtags: #sleep #sleepbetter #sleepandstress #sleepinCOVID19 #sleepawarenessweek #sleepandmentalhealth

About Sleep Health Foundation
The Sleep Health Foundation is Australia’s leading advocate for sleep health. The Foundation aims to improve people’s sleep and their lives by promoting healthy sleep, raising awareness of sleep disorders and building partnerships with organisations. Free, independent, expert-written fact sheets on every aspect of sleep are available at www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au.

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