Apparently, March is National Bed Month, according to The Sleep Council. If you’re thinking that the only thing that sounds more fake than “National Bed Month” is “The Sleep Council”, let me just say that it’s also endorsed by the National Bed Federation (The Voice of the UK Bed Industry since 1912), so you know it must be real now. The International Committee of Pillows has yet to take a formal stance on the subject (okay, I admit I made that one up, but the others are genuine).

Every year, the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox is celebrated as World Sleep Day, which this year falls on Friday 13th March. This year’s slogan is “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet”. This might sound a little bit like something The Aetherius Society might come up with, but there is an underlying medical and scientific philosophy behind World Sleep Day. The day aims to draw society’s attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education and social aspects, and to promote the prevention and management of sleep disorders.

The effects of sleep deprivation are no laughing matter. It can cause all kinds of ailments, from the minor to the malignant. The human body needs at least seven hours of sleep in every 24 hour period, and ideally eight or nine, to continue to function healthily. You may have heard busy professionals flippantly say “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, but if you don’t get enough sleep then you may be dead a lot sooner than you were expecting. It’s like a phone: you need to keep charging it, and the longer you go without charging it, the more you’ll need to charge it afterwards to make up for the lost energy. The only difference is a phone battery can be revived once it completely dies. Your body’s battery can’t.

As it happens, The Webinar Vet has an excellent course on Sleep, presented Mike Scanlan, an expert in mental health care. Here are what some people have said about it:

“Superb series. Is helping but I still have a lot of work to do. Thank you so much to Mike and Megan for all their help throughout and really hope these will be continued.”

“Sleeping much better since I started this series.”

“Thanks for a great webinar – sleeping so much better.”

“Invaluable!

You can get the Sleep course now for £35 + VAT. Get over 6 hours of content that will help guide you towards a better night’s sleep, keeping you healthy and refreshed.