World Sleep Day - Activity TIMELINE

YEAR

TIME

Country/REGION

ONLINE PLATFORM

CITY

GUESTS

THEME

      2024      

10th March

Malaysia

Genting GICC

Dr. Joshua Roland MD, FAASM

Dr. Ng Teck Siang

Chan Fong(Sleep Ambassador)

Awaken to a healthier heart –
Ending Snoring for quality sleep

17th March

Hong Kong

Dr. Lim Geng Yan MD, MBA

23th March

Taiwan

Taipei

Dr. Liu Gen Liang

Grace Tseng (Sleep Ambassador)

      2023      

5th March

Malaysia

KL

Dr. Ariel B. Neikrug, PhD.

Dr. Billy, Lee Bing Li

Hui Mei(Sleep Ambassador)

Sleep is Essential for Health

12th March

Hong Kong

Dr. Karen Lui

18th March

Taiwan

Taipei

Dr. Karen Lui

      2022      

6rd March

Malaysia

Zoom

KL

Lourdes DelRosso (MD, M.Ed.)

Dr. Jac Lim (Ph.D.)

Gan Jiang Han (Sleep Ambassador)

Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World

12th March

Singapore

Zoom

21 Mount Elizabeth

Choo Chee Lin (TCM Physician)

13th March

Indonesia

Jakarta

Riani Susanto, N.D.

13th March

Hong Kong

Zoom

Dr. Lam Chung Mei, Jamie

26th March

Taiwan

Chiayi

Sonia Tsai (Nutrition)

      2021     

7th March

Malaysia

Zoom

Selected Areas

Lourdes DelRosso (MD, M.Ed.)

Regular Sleep, Healthy Future

Singapore

Brunei

Indonesia

Zoom

Dr. Andreas Prasadja (RPSGT)

Hong Kong

Dr. Rachel Ngan Yin Chan

Taiwan

Kaohsiung

Dr. Lv Tsung – Hua

Lin Yuru the Nutritionist

14th March

All Countries

Facebook Live

Lourdes DelRosso (MD, M.Ed.)

      2020        

1st March 

Indonesia 

Jakarta

Dr. Andri (SPKJ, FAPM)

Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet

8th March

Malaysia

KL

Clinical Psychologist Rosemary Clancy

Medical Examiner Lew Wai Nan 

15th March

Indonesia

Medan

Dr. Andri (SPKJ, FAPM)

21st March

Taiwan

Kaohsiung

Medical Examiner Lew Wai Nan

      2019      

3rd March

Indonesia

Jakarta

Dr. Rimawati Tedjasukmana (SP.S, RPSGT, FICA)

Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging

10th March

Malaysia

KL

Dr. Koyabu Miki

Dr. David R. Samson

16th March

Singapore

Dr. Ari Shechter

17th March

Hong Kong

Dr. Laura Palagini (M.D, PHD.)

13th April

Taiwan

Kaohsiung

Dr. Wu Chia Shuo

Dr. David C. P. Chen (M.D, MPH.)

      2018      

10th March

Taiwan

Dr. Ning-Hung Chen

Dr. Wu Chia Shuo

Dr. Liang Wen Shen

Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life

11th March

Indonesia

Dr. Fidiana, SP.S.

17th March

Singapore

Dr. Laura Palagini (M.D, PHD.)

15th April

Malaysia

KL

Dr. Koyabu Miki

Dr. Laura Palagini (M.D, PHD.)

      2017      

11th March

Malaysia

KL

Prof. Dr. Med. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (M.D., M.M.S.)

Dr. Huang Guo-Jun (PHD.)

Dr. Liu Peng-Tzu

Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life

18th March

KK

Dr. Sivaharan Thambapillay

      2016      

12th March

Malaysia 

KL

Dr. Ravi Gupta

Prof. Dr. Med. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (M.D., M.M.S.)

Prof. Dr. Muhd. Muhsin Ahmad Zahari

Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream

19th March

KK

Prof. Dr. Med. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (M.D., M.M.S.)

YEAR

TIME

Country/REGION

ONLINE PLATFORM

CITY

GUESTS

THEME

      2023      

5th March

Malaysia

KL

Dr. Ariel B. Neikrug, PhD.

Dr. Billy, Lee Bing Li

Hui Mei(Sleep Ambassador)

Sleep is Essential for Health

12th March

Hong Kong

Dr. Karen Lui

18th March

Taiwan

Taipei

Dr. Karen Lui

      2022      

6rd March

Malaysia

Zoom

KL

Lourdes DelRosso (MD, M.Ed.)

Dr. Jac Lim (Ph.D.)

Gan Jiang Han (Sleep Ambassador)

Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World

12th March

Singapore

Zoom

21 Mount Elizabeth

Choo Chee Lin (TCM Physician)

13th March

Indonesia

Jakarta

Riani Susanto, N.D.

13th March

Hong Kong

Zoom

Dr. Lam Chung Mei, Jamie

26th March

Taiwan

Chiayi

Sonia Tsai (Nutrition)

      2021     

7th March

Malaysia

Zoom

Selected Areas

Lourdes DelRosso (MD, M.Ed.)

Regular Sleep, Healthy Future

Singapore

Brunei

Indonesia

Zoom

Dr. Andreas Prasadja (RPSGT)

Hong Kong

Dr. Rachel Ngan Yin Chan

Taiwan

Kaohsiung

Dr. Lv Tsung – Hua

Lin Yuru the Nutritionist

14th March

All Countries

Facebook Live

Lourdes DelRosso (MD, M.Ed.)

      2020        

1st March 

Indonesia 

Jakarta

Dr. Andri (SPKJ, FAPM)

Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet

8th March

Malaysia

KL

Clinical Psychologist Rosemary Clancy

Medical Examiner Lew Wai Nan 

15th March

Indonesia

Medan

Dr. Andri (SPKJ, FAPM)

21st March

Taiwan

Kaohsiung

Medical Examiner Lew Wai Nan

      2019      

3rd March

Indonesia

Jakarta

Dr. Rimawati Tedjasukmana (SP.S, RPSGT, FICA)

Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging

10th March

Malaysia

KL

Dr. Koyabu Miki

Dr. David R. Samson

16th March

Singapore

Dr. Ari Shechter

17th March

Hong Kong

Dr. Laura Palagini (M.D, PHD.)

13th April

Taiwan

Kaohsiung

Dr. Wu Chia Shuo

Dr. David C. P. Chen (M.D, MPH.)

      2018      

10th March

Taiwan

Dr. Ning-Hung Chen

Dr. Wu Chia Shuo

Dr. Liang Wen Shen

Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life

11th March

Indonesia

Dr. Fidiana, SP.S.

17th March

Singapore

Dr. Laura Palagini (M.D, PHD.)

15th April

Malaysia

KL

Dr. Koyabu Miki

Dr. Laura Palagini (M.D, PHD.)

      2017      

11th March

Malaysia

KL

Prof. Dr. Med. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (M.D., M.M.S.)

Dr. Huang Guo-Jun (PHD.)

Dr. Liu Peng-Tzu

Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life

18th March

KK

Dr. Sivaharan Thambapillay

      2016      

12th March

Malaysia 

KL

Dr. Ravi Gupta

Prof. Dr. Med. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (M.D., M.M.S.)

Prof. Dr. Muhd. Muhsin Ahmad Zahari

Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream

19th March

KK

Prof. Dr. Med. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (M.D., M.M.S.)

Lew Mun Yee

Founder & President Of AmLife
Ignite the “Sleep Wellness” Revolution
Help People Recharge Health from Sleep
 
Sleep is such an enjoyable thing that everybody knows regardless of time and location. The greatest English writer William Shakespeare once compared sleep to “the most nourishing main course” in the “life’s feast”, while the Russian physiologist, psychologist, and Nobel Prize winner Ivan Pavlov called sleep the ” Tranquilizer ” of the nervous system, even the China Northern Song Dynasty Taoist aka. “the Sleep Deity” Chen Tuan also once left the famous verse of “not beg for ways of becoming a Saint but ways to sleep”, which laments that sleep is the key of health!
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Lourdes DelRosso (MD, M.Ed.)

Co-chair of the 2021
World Sleep Day® Committee
PARENTS WORRIES-FREE WHEN
CHILDREN SLEEP SOUND & WELL
 
Sleep is very important and has many benefits for the healthy development of children’s physical, emotional, psychological, and communication skills. One of the most frequently asked questions by parents about children’s sleep is, “How long should my child sleep?” As children get older, sleep time decreases gradually.
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Dr. Andreas Prasadja (RPSGT)

Chief Consultant of Indonesia
Mitra Kemayoran Hospital Sleep Disorder Clinic
SLEEP BOOSTS VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS
 

The modern health model, also known as the health triad, is nutritional balance, regular exercise, and sleep, which is especially based on sleep health, especially the length of sleep and the depth of sleep. Without good sleep health, even maintaining nutrition and exercise is not enough.

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Lv Tsung-Hua

Taiwanese Attending Physician of Psychiatrist
DISEASES HAUNT AS CIRCADIAN RHYTHM IS UPSIDE DOWN
 

The circadian rhythm is the human endogenous rhythm period, also commonly referred to as the circadian clock, with a cycle of approximately 24.2 hours, slightly longer than the normal day. It can be adjusted to 24 hours by the external environment (such as light-dark cycle). A Circadian Rhythm Disorder results from a misalignment (desynchronization) between the endogenous sleep-wake rhythm (the biological clock) and the exogenous circadian rhythm. Causes may be endogenous (eg, delayed sleep phase or early syndrome) or exogenous (eg, jet lag, shift work).

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Lin Yuru the Nutritionist

Head of Nutrition Department of Taipei Medical University Hospital
THE KEY TO PREVENTING SICKNESS & ANTI-AGING – MELATONIN
 

The quality and quantity of sleep, diet, and physiological factors are closely linked. The food we eat contains many nutrients that can help us sleep better. As we all know, melatonin is not only a good helper to promote sleep, but also an important element to adjust jet lag, relieve stress, strengthen immune function, and delay aging. Among the many sleep aid nutrients, we first recommend “tryptophan”, which is the precursor of melatonin. Melatonin is produced by serotonin secreted during the day. If the secretion is small, it is difficult to fall asleep. It is recommended to eat more protein foods rich in tryptophan, such as soy milk, milk, nuts, eggs, and high-quality fish.

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Dr. Rachel Ngan Yin Chan

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
INSOMNIA WEAKENS ANTIBODIES EASILY FALL ILL
 

A balanced diet, proper exercise, and healthy sleep each account for one-third of life, but sleep is an element of life that is often overlooked. Our sleep needs are influenced by both sleep drives and biological rhythms. Under the regulation of the biological clock, our brain regularly and repeatedly performs rhythmic behaviors such as eating, sleeping, and hormone secretion. But as long as we are awake, the brain keeps accumulating the need for sleep. The longer you stay awake, the stronger the drive to sleep and the more sleepy you feel.

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Rosemary Clancy

Sleep / Clinical Psychologist, Sydney Sleep Centre, Macquarie St, Sydney Australia
Understanding Sleep & Sleeping Pill Habits
 
Rosemary Clancy was invited to attend the “World Sleep Day” event in Malaysia and she discussed about the causality between the normal sleep cycle and the sleeping pill habit. According to her, in Australia, there is a BEACH study of actual prescribing by doctors. 90 % of Australian with insomnia left their GPs with a hypnotic prescription – a sleeping pill prescription.
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Dr.Andri (SPKJ, FAPM)

Chief & Attending Psychiatrist of Indonesia Psychosomatic Clinic Omni Hospital
Better Sleep for Better Physical and Mental Health
 
Dr.Andri was invited to join the “World Sleep Day” events in Jakarta and Medan, Indonesia. On the event, he shared his insight on the importance of having a better sleep. He said, sleep is really needed by humans and in sleep has several sleep phases even though some people think sleep is a mystery. But the most important thing is sleep needs to be improved.
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DR. Laura Palagini (M.D, PHD.)

Psychiatrist, Department Of Psychiatry, University Of Pisa, Italy
THE ESSENTIAL OF SLEEP ACROSS AGE GROUPS
 
Sleep is essential across age groups, and it directly promotes brain development regardless of age.

Melatonin is the hormone of the night that helps regulate the progress of our work in life, the body’s metabolism and the production of entirely new nerve cells. It avoids the formation of Alzheimer’s plaque and uses the sleep time at night to remove brain toxin and helps maintain brain health.

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DR. David R. Samson

Assistant Professor, University Of Toronto, Mississauga
SLEEP REMOVES WASTE IN THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
 
He discovered that the brain has a mechanism called the glymphatic system, which is responsible for the removal of waste from the nervous system: beta-amyloid protein which is a useless protein.

Our brain produces a lot of beta-amyloid protein in a day, and one function of sleep is to remove these useless proteins. When we have enough sleep, the body can produce enough melatonin to expel beta-amyloid protein and to clean up brain waste.

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DR. Koyabu Miki

Renowned International Chinese Physician Electric Potential & Thermotherapy Specialist
THE “COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT” EFFECTIVELY IMPROVES SLEEP QUALITY
 
According to the basic understanding of Chinese medicine, the human body is responsible for the production of innate essence and acquired essence substance, namely: qi (life energy), blood and fluid (body fluid).

If the physical condition is weak, it is often caused by the deficiency, excessiveness or stagnation of qi, blood, or fluid, causing the autonomic nerves which control the internal organs and endocrine system to be imbalanced, which subsequently leads to insomnia, and even causes metabolic syndrome, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and so on.

This cannot be treated with just Western medicine or surgery alone, but only through a “comprehensive medical treatment”.

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Lew Wai Nan

AmLife Product Director
IMPROVE HEALTH THROUGH QUALITY SLEEP
 
Electric potential treatment appliances are categorized tier-two medical equipment under the physical medicine equipment category by Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Electric potential treatment appliances promote metabolism and rejuvenation of cells by promoting the ion exchange among cells and achieving a balance distribution between positive and negative ions.

Therefore, by using electric potential treatment appliance when we sleep at night can improve our overall health while improving our quality of sleep.

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DR. Ari Shechter

Assistant Professor Of Medical Sciences, Medical Center, Columbia University
THREE ELEMENTS DETERMINE SLEEP QUALITY
 
Dr. Ari Shechter from the United States commented that most people in Singapore feel sleepy during the daytime, which is terrible. He analyzes three key elements to quality sleep.

The first is “the depth of sleep” – is it deep and restorative? This may be related to slow-wave sleep.

Then there’s “the duration” – do we sleep for a long time? Experts recommend that sleeping seven to eight hours a night is ideal.

Finally, “the continuity”. These three focus points define good sleep quality, and any problems arising from any of these can lead to health problems.

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DR. Fidiana, SP.S.

Neurology Department Of Airlangga University, Indonesia And A Member Of The RSUD Dr. Sutomo Hospital In Surabaya
DEEP SLEEP IS CRUCIAL TO STAYING HEALTHY
 
Deep sleep is crucial to staying healthy. We know the value of deep sleep and have experienced the refresh feeling after a night of deep sleep.

However, hectic modern lifestyle has taken us further away from quality sleep. Dr. Fidiana advises not to take sleep disorders lightly as it could have severe negative impact on our daily lives.

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DR. Ravi Gupta

Associate Professor, Department Of Mental And Sleep Medicine, Himalaya Medical Research Center
‘LACK OF MELATONIN IS A CAUSE OF CANCER’
 
Do you have the following experience–fall asleep at night while you are watching TV, but feel tired as if you do not get enough sleep in the morning? Dr. Ravi Gupta, a member of the World Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as a renowned sleep medicine doctor in India, points out that human eyes are especially sensitive to blue light released in a large quantity by televisions, computer screens and mobile phones. Even in an environment that is not brightly lit, blue light tricks the brain into thinking that it is actually daytime, thereby inhibiting the secretion of melatonin, disrupting a normal sleep pattern and worsening insomnia.
 
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DR. Ning-Hung Chen

Renowned Sleep Disorder Expert In Asia
POOR SLEEP LEADS TO ALL KINDS OF DISEASES
 
Poor sleep quality not only affects our performance and concentration at work, but also lowers our immunity and hence prone to sickness.

 

Foreign researches also found that poor sleep quality increases the risk of cancer.

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DR. David C. P. Chen, MD, MPH

Dean Of The Medical Diagnostic Center,California, USA
THE DISRUPTION OF THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK CAUSED BY STAYING UP LATE AT NIGHT
 
Staying up late at night will damage the biological clock, causing disease to follow, and will cause the brain to begin devouring itself, allowing the essential genes that regulate the rhythm to fail, causing tumour growth.

He said to restore the life span of the cell, avoid staying up late, so as not to disrupt the biological clock. It is ideal to go to bed before 11 pm, otherwise, the brain cells will be devoured. If you can’t sleep during the night, new cells cannot be replenished. One million cells die during the day, and only half a million can be replaced in one night. The more the situation prolonged, the more harm it is going to cause the body.

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PROF. DR. Muhd. Muhsin Ahmad Zahari

President Of The SDSM (Sleep Deprivation Society Of Malaysia)
“40% MALAYSIANS IS SUFFERING FROM SLEEP DISORDERS”
 
Professor Dr. MUHD. MUHSIN AHMAD ZAHARI, the president of the Malaysian Sleep Disorders Association, claims that sleep disorders not only prevent our body from getting enough rest, but also induce high blood pressure, diabetes, arrhythmia, memory loss and stroke. Therefore, the importance of a good sleep cannot be underestimated. He says that about 40% of the population in China is now facing the problem of sleep disorders, and 7% of them has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and most of these patients suffer from obesity and asthma problems at the same time.
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DR. Huang Guo-Jun, PH.D.

Chairman Of The Industrialization Committee Of The International Sleep Science And Technology Association
SLEEP IS A MARKET FULL OF POTENTIAL
 
The global sleep technology industry featuring sleeping aid products such as beds, pillows and quilt covers, has recorded an output value of USD$11.3 billion in 2013, which increased to USD$35.2 billion in 2015, and is expected to reach USD$76.7 billion by 2019, according to an industry analysis report of BCC Research.
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DR. Liu Peng-Tzu

Executive Secretary Of The International Sleep Science And Technology Association In Asia
SLEEP DISORDER IS THE MOTHER OF ALL DISEASES
 
Executive Secretary of International Sleep Science and Technology Association in Asia, Dr. Liu Peng-Tzu pointed out that lack of sleep for a long period could lead to various diseases, as the body could not recuperate. Those working night-shift or love enjoying the nightlife face high risk because no matter how long they sleep during the day, their body would not recuperate, and sooner or later, they tend to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. “Those who lack of sleep are 73% more likely to become obese, and to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure.” The lack of quality or amount of sleep affects our autonomic nervous system imbalance and increasing the risk of cancer by 10% to 20%, added Dr. Liu.
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DR. Liang Wen Shen

Double Degree In Traditional Chinese Medicine And Western Medicine
POOR QUALITY SLEEP INCREASES THE RISK OF CANCER
 
Body temperature of a sick person usually dropped to 35 or 36 degree Celsius compared to the normal range of 36.5 to 37 degree Celsius.

If our body temperature remains in the low range for a long period of time, we would be prone to illness (such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer).

Electric potential appliances provide the body with 4 to 14 micron life wave that promote blood circulation and maintain body temperature, and in turn boosting our immune system against diseases.

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DR. Rimawati Tedjasukmana (SP.S, RPSGT, FICA)

Neurologist, Rumah Sakit Medistra Setiabudi, Jakarta
INSOMNIA INCREASES MORTALITY BY UP TO 12%
 
Insomnia has troubled many people nowadays. Two of the great Western entertainment superstars, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and Heath Ledger, the proficient actor, were suffering from insomnia, which led to their eventual death due to improper medication. Many factors cause insomnia, such as stress, jet lag, temperature changes, mania, restless leg syndrome, poor sleep hygiene, excessive napping and others.

Sleep quality has a significant impact on human beings. When insomnia happens, it will lead to many diseases, such as stroke, asthma, low immunity, obesity, heart disease, and even bring about mental disorders, causing depression, tension, frustration, and also increase the mortality rate up to 12%.

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DR. Wu Chia Shuo

Clinical Psychologist/Sleep Management Expert Of Taiwan
FOUR SLEEP-INDUCING STAGES
 
He also proposed the “Pre-Bedtime 4B Sleep Inducing Rule”: “Bath Time” is the best time to relax the body and the mind, and temperature change help inducing sleep, allowing the body to start switching to sleeping mode. The “Pause Time” is to suspend all distractions after writing down the troubles and unresolved issues in the “Misery Diary”.

After that set aside 15 minutes of ‘Relaxation Time’ to slow oneself down and to get ready for sleep. When it is “Bedtime”, one should refrain from watching the television or browsing the mobile phone or doing other non-sleeping activities. Through these four stages, one will be able to induce sleep.

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PROF. DR. MED. Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang (M.D., M.M.S.)

Secretary General Of The German International Association For Sleep Science And Technology/Member Of The World Academy Of Sleep Medicineu
“THE GLOBAL SLEEP MARKET IN 2019 IS AS HIGH AS US$ 76.7 BILLION”
 
Professor Rayleigh Chiang, also a pioneer of sleep medicine specialist in the European Union, says: “In 2019, the global sleep market will be worth as much as US$76.7 billion, and the 5-year compound growth rate of sleep apnea will reach 11.3%.” This means that the demand for sleep care bedding will increase dramatically.” In the future, the global sleep care industry will create unlimited possibilities. Are you taking advantage of this trend?
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