Public Sleeping Day - Feb 28th
How to Celebrate Public Sleeping Day
February 28th is Public Sleeping Day - an opportunity to catch up on sleep.... in public! Many, of course, celebrate this holiday every day of the year - sleeping on trains, buses, in waiting areas, at work or school.... and the list goes on. But on February 28th you can officially claim that you are celebrating this (unofficial) holiday!
Planning Your Public Sleeping Day Celebration:
Why not get into the spirit of it! Plan ahead, and instead of literally just falling asleep in public by mistake - make it special! Wear an eye mask - or a "Do Not Disturb" sign. Take your pillow to work... and perhaps a hot water bottle. Team up with some friends or collegues, make yourselves comfortable in a public place, and catch some zzzz's. Hey... Have a Public Pajama Party! :)
Organize a "Wear your pajamas to work" event on February 28th to raise money for charity.
See more ideas for having fun with this wacky holiday below...
Of course, it's important to use discretion and observe safety concerns... don't be sleeping on the job if you're a traffic controller... or dentist... or... well, you get the idea! And obviously don't celebrate this holiday while driving! ;)
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Public Sleeping Day - More Than Just a Wacky Holiday!
Considering around 60 Million adults in America suffer from sleep restriction or sleep deprivation, Public Sleeping Day on February 28th is an opportunity to not only catch up on a little sleep... in public ;).... and of course to have a bit of fun with it, but it's also an opportunity to highlight the effects that sleep - and the lack of it - have on all aspects of our lives.
Have some fun planning your celebration of Public Sleeping Day, and while you're at it, see what you can do to make sure you're getting the sleep you need. On this page, you'll find ideas for enjoying Public Sleeping Day, and tips for getting ongoing good sleep.
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What is Public Sleeping Day?
February 28th is dedicated to catching up on sleep... in public. It's an unofficial (but popular) celebration of sleeping in public.
Ways to Celebrate Public Sleeping Day
* Sleep on public transport (but set an alarm so you don't miss your stop!)
* Have a nap on a bench - in a park or a shopping mall
* Put your head on your desk at work or in school during a lull and have a quick snooze
* Catch some zzz's in the cinema
* Host a Public Pajama Party in the Park - this would make a great charity fund-raising event
* Host a Pajama Party at your house, with fun sleep-related games, food, masks and music
* Go to work in your pyjamas
* Take your pillow to work
Celebrating Public Sleeping Day On Public Transport
Celebrating Puplic Sleeping Day in Comfort
If you're going do your celebrating on public transport, why not do it in comfort? Instead of just nodding off, intermittently being jolted awake as your head lolls, or ending up with a stiff neck - even if it's just on the local bus commute - take a travel pillow with you on February 28th, and make yourself comfortable. :)
Being lulled to sleep by the motion of a bus or train is one of the perks of sleeping on public transport. However... being woken with a jerk as your head falls forward... or worse... by a fellow passenger whose shoulder you've ended up resting your head on, is not so great. That's where this fabulous travel pillow comes in. It's quick to inflate (three or four puffs), attaches to the back of the seat (designed specially for seats on buses, trains and planes), and fits comfortably across the body for perfect support and a comforting sleepy. Perfect snoozing for Public Sleeping Day.
How much sleep do you need?
Although the guidelines given by the Sleep Foundation are between 7 and 8 hours for adults, they also point out that there's no specific and definite amount that is optimal for everyone. It varies not only according to the individual, but also depending on what's going on the person's life.
For me, I know that when I'm getting enough sleep, I wake up naturally, before I need to get up, and I feel happy to get up. When I'm lacking sleep, I have to force myself to get up in the morning, or I sleep up to the last minute.
I also know that if I feel irritable for no reason during the day that I may be needing extra sleep. If you're ill or going through a challenging time, or learning new things, you'll probably need more sleep than usual.
Sleep and water. The lack of either of these will result in drowsiness. So if you're feeling less than awake and alert - drink more water, get more sleep. :)
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The Sleeping Mask - A Fun Addition for Public Sleeping Day
Wearing a sleeping mask on Public Sleeping Day can serve several purposes:
1. It improves the quality of the sleep you get by keeping the light from your eyes.
2. It lets other passengers know that you're sleeping on purpose, and to therefore not wake you.
3. If you get one with the message "Do Not Disturb" on it (like the one below) it gets the message across even more clearly ;)
"Do Not Disturb" Sleeping Mask
Public Sleeping Day Fun Idea
Wear your sleeping mask on your forehead for the rest of the day in celebration of Public Sleeping Day.
How Do Sleep Masks Work?
One of the main effects on sleep is light. A center in the brain called the SCN (Supra-chiasmatic Nucleus - I'll stick to the abbreviation if you don't mind ;) ) registers light and darkness when stimulatied by a nerve pathway from the retina in the eye - and then sends signals to the rest of the brain to release hormones, change body temperature etc. - things that control our feelings of sleepiness or alertness.
So, all other things being equal, a human adult would feel sleepy in the dark, and awake in the light. Of course, when things like caffeine, working late, alchohol, nicotine and modern technology are introduced, these affect that natural process. However, we're still more likely to get better sleep in the dark than we are in the light.
When it's necessary for us to sleep in light, an eye mask can help since it prevents light from reaching the retina in the eye... which in turn prevents the whole process in the brain kicking off - the process which would send the "time to wake up" message. :)
DIY Message Sleep Mask - Perfect for Public Sleeping Day Fun
This is just Brilliant for Public Sleeping Day! This message eye mask features a PVC front - on which you can write messages and wipe them off again. How about writing "Happy Public Sleeping Day!" or "Enjoying Public Sleeping Day" or "Do Not Disturb - It's Public Sleeping Day!" ... or "Please Wake Me at _________ Stop" :)
Another sleeping mask for men, this one has a "cupped" design to allow for REM sleep (and, although you're presumably not going to go into REM on public transport, the cupped design is actually a lot more comfortable anyway). It also has an adjustable velcro strap.
Celebrating Public Sleeping Day in the Park
Ideas for Snoozing in Nature
Whether you're planning to catch a quick snooze during your lunch hour, or get together with some friends for a communal nap in honor of Public Sleeping Day, it's good to be prepared - February isn't the warmest month to be sleeping out-doors, even if it is only for a short time!
Here are a few ideas that will make your Park Public Sleeping Celebration more enjoyable:
* It is definitely preferable to celebrate with at least one friend, rather than get caught napping in the park alone. So if you can get someone to join you, so much the better!
* Why not get a group together and have a communal nap.
* Take a sleeping bag, or at least a blanket or two, and dress warmly - a wooly hat and gloves are a must. In fact, why not wear big fluffy slippers too! :)
* Don't forget to take a cushion or pillow - much more comfortable than a bag ;)
* It would be good to have a sign that says something about Public Sleeping Day - it's fun to let others in on this wacky holiday as well. At the very least it'll bring a smile to someone's face. :)
* Take a hot water bottle!
* You could also have a flask of hot chocolate, tea or coffee, and some snacks for when you wake up.
Outdoor Blanket-Poncho-Picnic Rug
This is a great Public Sleeping Day blanket - you can use it as a poncho or stadium seat while you sleep, and then as a picnic blanket afterwards. And it's waterproof!
Will You Be Celebrating Public Sleeping Day?
What do you think of Public Sleeping Day?
I think it's a fun idea, might even celebrate it myself.
Celebrating Public Sleeping Day At the Office
Office Public Sleeping Day Tips
If you're planning on grabbing your opportunity to celebrate Public Sleeping Day at the office, here are a few tips that might help:
* Of course, only you can know if it's a good idea to sleep on your job.... and if your boss will be understanding.
* If you're the boss, you could arrange a few minutes for each office worker to grab 40 winks for a bit of fun, and to lift spirits.
* Organize a "Come to work in pajamas" day to celebrate Public Sleeping Day and raise money for a charity.
* Take a cushion or pillow, and a hot water bottle to work for your nap.
* Wear a night-cap and sleeping mask for your nap - or for the day (of course, wear the mask on your forehead, not over your eyes when you're not sleeping ;) )
Face Down Speaker Pillow
This is an excellent idea for Public Sleeping Day at the office! An inflatable face down pillow, which plugs in to your PC, laptop, iPod, MP3 player or even a DVD player ... and plays your favorite, relaxing sleep-friendly music while you snooze comfortably. This design eliminates neck strain and allows unrestricted breathing while sleeping face down.
Add a sign to your computer or the back of your chair that says something like "Do Not Disturb - Celebrating Public Sleeping Day" or "Happy Public Sleeping Day Feb 28th". Or wear the "Do Not Disturb" eye mask above, back-to-front so the sign is on the back of your head. :)
Celebrating Public Sleeping Day With a Pajama Party
Public Sleeping Day Pajama Party
Well, considering the point of Public Sleeping Day is sleeping in public, you might want to arrange to have your party in a restaurant or park, but of course, there's nothing to stop you having it in your own home if you'd prefer.
Here are a few ideas for a Public Sleeping Day Pajama Party:
* Book a table at your favorite restaurant (make sure they don't have a dress code of course), and get everyone to wear their pajamas and slippers to dinner.
* Encourage people to bring their hot water bottles, pillows, snuggies, teddies etc.
* Have a pajama picnic in the park - make sure you have warm clothes, sleeping bags and blankets.
* Invite your friends to join you for a Public Sleeping Day Pajama Beach Party!
* Play charades - but all the words have to be relevent to sleeping or dreaming ... or snoring... you get the idea ;)
* If you're hosting the party, decorate in the theme of sleeping and dreaming.
Footed Pajamas for a Public Sleeping Day Pajama Party
Use glow-in-the-dark decorations for your pajama party to add to the sleepy theme.
These dream catcher earings would be great for accessorizing pajamas for your Public Sleeping party.
Accessorize for Public Sleeping Day with a Pillow Pet!
Fun Things for Children to Do on Public Sleeping Day
Ideas for Children on Public Sleeping Day
Of course, kids can have a slumber party on February 28th, to celebrate Public Sleeping Day, but here are a few other ideas:
* Arts and Crafts - get the kids to make dream catchers, or decorate old fashioned night caps
* Have a pajama fancy dress parade - all costumes must be made from pajamas
* Use the opportunity to educate kids on the importance of sleep - what their bodies and brains do while they're sleeping, and how lack of sleep affects us
* Make fun slippers out of old socks
Photo by Aura Maria Garcia