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World Sleep Day 2019 Activity Submission

Community Awareness Activities –

Team covered a stretch of 10km in the neighborhood park, market,bus stop,pedestrian walkway and kids park. Educated people about the Importance of Sleep and how #HealthySleep can lead to #HealthyAgeing.

Rest & Sleep or Rest in Peace? Nidraa, a short film on Sleep

A Sleep Cure Initiative, Short film conceptualized, directed and written by Sleep cure team.

Why Video?

  • Sleepcure solutions wanted their initiative of educating people about sleep and healthy life, to last long and educate more people in coming time despite of completion of WSD activity
  • A short film on Sleep was created to utilize mass reach activity through video using our social media channels and you tube channel.
  • Trailer of 1 min 12 sec and Full Short movie of 10 min and 03 Sec was released after few days of trailer release.

Free Sleep Disorders Awareness Camp

Sleep Dialogues – An open interactive discussion on the Importance of Sleep with our Sleep Specialists saw an overwhelming response. All participants shared their Sleep Story experiences, challenges and victories. Registrants also benefited from one to one Free Consultation and Free CPAP/BiPAP check

  • Advertisements in local hindi and english newspapers to encourage people to attend our free awareness camp
  • Various social media activities were pushed to drive people to attend the free sleep disorders awareness camp

Free Sleep DisordersAwareness Camp

Art Competition for Children

An Initiative to Encourage our Children to learn and participate in most important phenomenon of human life, where we invest 1/3rd of our time sleeping. There must be something important about this phenomenon.

art competition sleep awareness campaign

Motive behind art competition

Sleepcure Solutions wanted it?s initiative to be long lasting & we wanted to touch the grass root segment of society. Which is our children. What could be a better way to teach our upcoming generation about sleep quality through activity, that children love most to do i.e draw, write & Paint.

final art competition poster submission post world sleep day

Winner Announced:?http://localhost/sleepcuresolutions.com/blog/art-competition-winners-for-world-sleep-day-2019/

Connecting common man with STREET Play

Street Play is the best way to connect with the common man.

A Street Play, Nukkad Natak titled ?”Good Sleep Healthy Life? Theater artists from Delhi and Team SCS used catchy phrases ,songs, crisp script, humor and props to get across the message of Healthy Sleep Healthy Ageing to the masses thereby making a long lasting and powerful effect.

sleep awareness nukkad naatak

Social Media Campaign

Full month Social media campaign, covering facebook, linkedin. Posts revolved around healthy sleep healthy aging -, the theme of World Sleep Day 2019. With eye catching and engaging posts, infographic, facebook events

best sleep awareness cmpaign

Emailer Campaign, landing pages and Website

General emailer around healthy sleep, healthy ageing, world sleep day was circulated to list of our existing clients.

view landing page:?http://www.sleepcuresolutions.com/wsd-2019/

Guest Lectures about management of Sleep

On the occasion of world sleep day, Dr. Himanshu Garg, Delivered guest lecture at renowned hospitals in delhi about management of Sleep Apnea

Guest Lectures about management of Sleep

News paper Ads ? English & Hindi Regional Language

News paper Ads English & Hindi Regional Language

WORLD SLEEP DAY 2019

 

World Sleep Day 2019 Toolkit

WORLD SLEEP DAY? (WSD) ? WHAT IS IT?

World Sleep Day is an annual,?global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep. The focus of WSD is to bring cognizance to the many burdens of sleep problems, as well as the importance of healthy sleep. WSD publicly displays efforts being taken toward prevention and management of sleep disorders. Created and hosted by World Sleep Society, World Sleep Day is an internationally recognized awareness event bringing researchers, health professionals and patients together to recognize sleep and its important impact on our health.

WSD is chaired by committee member Liborio Parrino, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Neurology at Parma University, Italy; with support from World Sleep Society?s staff and a full committee.

WSD events take place globally, but are listed together online at www.worldsleepday.org. In the past, World Sleep Day delegates have worked locally to spread awareness of sleep issues by hosting special events, translating materials, distributing booklets and pamphlets on sleep, hosting school events, press conferences and securing media coverage around the world. Delegates also created content such as public lectures and workshops, appearances on local television and radio shows, booklets, pamphlets, promotional videos, and press releases on sleep. Plan your own World Sleep Day activity today on www.worldsleepday.org/get-involved.

2019 marks the 12th annual World Sleep Day!
Appendix A: Official Press Release
Appendix B: Logos

KEY MESSAGES

The following key messages are designed to give a template to work from and can be adapted to suit the media environment and focus within your countries. The key messages should be used as talking points to guide a consistent message with others around the world. Bolded key messages should be viewed as primary messages when time or space is limited.

2019 Slogan: Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging

World Sleep Day 2019 will incorporate the slogan, ‘Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging,’ intended to emphasize the importance of sleep in overall health at any age. This focus is purposefully broad in meaning, surrounding the message that quality of life can be improved with healthy sleep. Conversely, when sleep fails, health declines, decreasing quality of life. Sound sleep is a treasured function and one of the core pillars of health. World Sleep Society has compiled ten tips for healthier sleep. These recommendations for children and adults can be viewed on worldsleepday.org under resources.

2019 Quotes

Dr. Erik St. Louis, Co-Director of the Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, says, ?Emphasizing this year?s theme of ?Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging?, for most adults, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep tonight might be the most important thing you can do to improve your future physical and mental health. Children need even more sleep for optimal learning and play. Recent research has shown the importance of adequate amounts of sleep for brain health, since during sleep, the brain washes away toxins that can potentially damage the aging brain that accumulate during the day while we?re awake. Sleep also keeps the brain?s wiring and connections healthy and working at their best, especially when learning and remembering new things from earlier in the day.?

Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD is Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine. Dr. Morgenthaler has been working as a sleep medicine specialist for over 22 years. When asked about the connection between healthy sleep and healthy aging, Dr. Morgenthaler states, ?Getting good quality and quantity of sleep is one key to aging well, improving the odds of physical, cognitive, and emotional health. Getting good sleep in young adulthood and middle age reduces the risk of obesity and hypertension, protects against age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer?s Disease, and has been associated with decreased rates of depression. In some studies, regular sleep has even been associated with fewer signs of aging in facial skin and better tissue tone. Look better, feel better, be better. There is a lot to be said for giving good quality sleep a high priority in our daily lives.?

Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, states, ?Sleep is central to every aspect of our mental and physical health. And this is true at every age, from birth onward. The profound importance of sleep in having a healthy, happy and long life never wanes.? For the third year, World Sleep Day is being endorsed by Ms. Huffington and Thrive Global with additional sleep content available at http://thriveglobal.com/authors/world-sleep-society/.

Emerging evidence suggests a connection between premature cell aging and poor sleep. Studies have shown that telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA protecting chromosomes; short telomere length is associated with premature cellular aging and generally associated with increased cancer risk. Interestingly, individuals with obstructive sleep apnea also have shorter telomere lengths (Huang et al. 2018) suggesting that sleep apnea is another factor causing premature cell aging.

GENERAL FACTS

  • Most sleep disorders are preventable or treatable, yet less than one-third of sufferers seek professional help.4
  • Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world?s population.3
  • Better understanding of sleep conditions and more research into the area will help reduce the burden of sleep disorders on society.
  • Three elements of good quality sleep are:
    • Duration: The length of sleep should be sufficient for the sleeper to be rested and alert the following day.
    • Continuity: Sleep periods should be seamless without fragmentation.
    • Depth: Sleep should be deep enough to be restorative.

WORLD SLEEP DAY? (WSD) ? HISTORY

The first WSD was held on March 14, 2008, under the slogan ?Sleep Well, Live Fully Awake.? The annual awareness day is held the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox.

  • ?Sleep Well, Live Fully Awake? ? March 14, 2008
  • ?Drive Alert, Arrive Safe? ? March 20, 2009
  • ?Sleep Well, Stay Healthy? ? March 19, 2010
  • ?Sleep Well, Grow Healthy? ? March 18, 2011
  • ?Breathe Easily, Sleep Well? ? March 16, 2012
  • ?Good Sleep, Healthy Aging? ? March 15, 2013
  • ?Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body? ? March 14, 2014
  • ?When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound? ? March 13, 2015
  • ?Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream? ? March 18, 2016
  • ?Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life? ? March 17, 2017
  • ?Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life? ? March 16, 2018
  • ?Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging?? March 15, 2019
  • ?The next WSD will be Friday, March 13, 2020

Media spokespeople

Where possible, we suggest identifying and preparing a message for an internal spokesperson to front your WSD activities. Depending on time and resources, media/message training may also help to prepare your spokesperson for various media activities such as telephone interviews, live television, or radio. World Sleep Society has a list of spokespeople from countries around the world. Please contact World Sleep Society at info@worldsleepsociety.org for the list or to be considered as a spokesperson.

TALKING POINTS

Primary:

  • Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleep is a basic human need, much like eating and drinking, and is crucial to our overall health and well-being.
  • Sleep, like exercise and nutrition, is essential for metabolic regulation in children. There is evidence for a link between sleep duration and childhood obesity. The findings are more apparent in girls. Sleep duration is the effect of day-to-day variability of sleep-wake timing on weight regulation. 19,20
  • Breathing regularly during sleep is critical to maintain well-being and health. Persistent interruption of the breathing function during sleep is called sleep apnea. This is a pervasive and common disorder that affects 4% of men and 2% of women.22
  • Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness and fatigue, and may lead to conditions such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease, stroke 27, and diabetes.
  • Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is known to have a significant negative impact on our health in the long and short term. Next day effects of poor quality sleep include a negative impact on our attention span, memory recall and learning.5 Longer term effects are being studied, but poor quality sleep or sleep deprivation has been associated with significant health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, weakened immune systems and even some cancers.6,7,8
  • Lack of sleep is related to many psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.9,10
  • Quality sleep is crucial to ensure good health and quality of life.

Importance of Sound, Restorative Sleep:

  • Good quality and restorative sleep is essential for day-to-day functioning. Studies suggest that sleep quality rather than quantity has a greater impact on quality of life and daytime functioning.12
  • Healthy sleep in children will improve the child?s overall wellness and development. WORLD SLEEP SOCIETY has created the 10 commandments of Healthy Sleep for Children.
  • Poor quality sleep has a greater negative impact on health, well-being and satisfaction with life than the quantity of sleep a person gets.9,13
  • Quality sleep is responsible for alertness, improved functioning the following day and better quality of life.

Consequences of Sleep Disorders?

  • Sleep disorders cause significant individual and societal burden and form a serious public health problem.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea significantly impacts health and well-being. The drop in oxygen that occurs when breathing stops due to OSA puts a strain on the heart and can lead to a number of serious health conditions.
  • Directly or indirectly, disrupted sleep can have a negative effect on family life and relationships by affecting a person?s mood and the way in which they are able to perform daily activities and interact socially.13

Extent of the Epidemic

  • 35% of people do not feel they get enough sleep, impacting both their physical and mental health.21
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects approximately 4% of the adult population. 21 If not properly managed, OSA can have a significant impact on a person?s health and well-being.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome is a common disorder and occurs in between 3-10% of the population, although the number of people affected and the severity of the condition differs between countries.
  • People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. OSA is caused by a blockage of the upper airway. The collapse of the airway may be due to factors such as a large tongue, extra tissue or decreased muscle tone holding the airway open.
  • Each breathing pause can last from 10 seconds to more than a minute and is accompanied by a drop in oxygen associated with each event. The events may occur 5 to 50 times or more each hour. This puts a strain on the heart and can lead to a number of serious health conditions (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, NIH, 2009).

Known Consequences: Some Statistics

  • A US study has estimated the annual costs of insomnia to be between $92.5 billion and $107.5 billion.17
  • 71,000 people suffer injuries every year due to sleep-related accidents.16
  • 1,550 people die because of sleep-related accidents.16
  • 46% of individuals with frequent sleep disturbances report missing work or events, or making errors at work, compared to 15% of healthy sleepers.18

Specific Sleep Disorders:

Insomnia

  • Insomnia affects between 30-45% of the adult population.3
  • Primary insomnia (insomnia with no underlying condition) affects 1-10% of the general population, increasing up to 25% in the elderly.3
  • Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep also leaves us more vulnerable to accidents. People who suffer insomnia are seven times more likely to become involved in an accident causing death or serious injury than good sleepers.11
  • Studies have shown that people with insomnia suffer from more symptoms of anxiety and depression than people without insomnia.9
  • Insomnia has a negative impact in all areas of a sufferer?s life.
  • Insomnia can affect work performance, with a change in character and a drop in the quality of work. If the disorder remains untreated, this may even lead to reduced job prospects and loss of employment.13

Sleep Breathing Problems

Obstructive sleep apnea is very prevalent, yet under recognized. The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study estimated a prevalence of 17% among men and 9% among women in that state in the United States. In northern India, the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is 13.7%. OSA is an independent risk factor for hypertension and other cardiovascular ailments. In children, sleep apnea may be the underlying cause of neuropsychological disturbances. Pediatric sleep apnea is typically associated with adenotonsillar hypertrophy.

Untreated sleep apnea may lead to heart diseases, stroke, and vascular dementia. Both adults and children should be formally investigated in sleep centres if sleep apnea is suspected, because both adult and pediatric sleep apnea is treatable and correctable; a correct and precise diagnosis is always required. 26

Sleep apnea is diagnosed with polysomnography in the sleep laboratory. Treatment with non-invasive positive airway (continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP) ventilation is generally successful. For mild forms of sleep apnea, the application of oral devices can be beneficial. Surgery to remove excessive tissues in the oropharynx may be considered for individuals who cannot tolerate non-invasive equipment or who have obvious obstruction to airflow in the oropharynx by redundant tissue growth or large tonsils. There is proof that successful correction of sleep apnea with non-invasive positive airway pressure ventilation lowers mean blood pressure and may reduce the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke. Excessive daytime somnolence generally improves with successful treatment of sleep apnea.

HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION

  • Join World Sleep Day 2018 as a delegate or a supporter.
  • Obtain more information at www.worldsleepday.org.
  • Be cognizant that most sleep problems can be managed by changing behaviors around sleep, medical therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Be aware that patients suffering from sleep complaints, or who suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, should see a physician and, if needed, obtain a consultation in a sleep center.

AVAILABLE VIDEOS

Informational and historical videos document significant discoveries in the field of sleep medicine. View video content including (but not limited to):

  • Prof. Michel Billiard of Montpellier, France, gives a historical perspective of the evolution of narcolepsy as a clinical entity (English)
  • Dr. Ernest Hartmann describes 50 years of dedication to the exploration of sleep and dreams
  • Dr. Karl Ekbom Jr. narrates how his father Professor Karl-Axel Ekbom developed the modern concept of restless legs syndrome.
  • Dr. Christian Guilleminault is interviewed providing details on early discovery of obstructive sleep apnea.

PRINCIPLES OF GOOD SLEEP

Following the guidelines of Sleep Hygiene can help to prevent poor quality nocturnal sleep, short duration of sleep, fragmentation of sleep and serious sleep deprivation in adults.

10 COMMANDMENTS OF SLEEP HYGIENE FOR ADULTS

  1. Fix a bedtime and an awakening time.
  2. If you are in the habit of taking siestas, do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep.
  3. Avoid excessive alcohol ingestion 4 hours before bedtime and do not smoke.
  4. Avoid caffeine 6 hours before bedtime. This includes coffee, tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate.
  5. Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4 hours before bedtime. A light snack before bed is acceptable.
  6. Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
  7. Use comfortable bedding.
  8. Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated.
  9. Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible.
  10. Reserve the bed for sleep and sex. Don’t use the bed as an office, workroom or recreation room.

10 COMMANDMENTS OF SLEEP HYGIENCE FOR CHILDREN [AGES BIRTH TO 12 YEARS]

  1. Go to bed at the same time every night, preferably before 9:00PM.
  2. Have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
  3. 3. Establish a consistent bedtime routine.
  4. Make your child?s bedroom sleep conducive ? cool, dark, and quiet.
  5. Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
  6. Avoid bright light at bedtime and during the night, and increase light exposure in the morning.
  7. Avoid heavy meals and vigorous exercise close to bedtime.
  8. Keep all electronics, including televisions, computers, and cell phones, out of the bedroom and limit the use of electronics before bedtime.
  9. Avoid caffeine, including many sodas, coffee, and teas (as well as iced tea).
  10. Keep a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.

ABOUT WORLD SLEEP SOCIETY

World Sleep Day is organized by World Sleep Society, founded by World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and World Sleep Federation (WSF), an international association whose mission is to advance sleep health worldwide. World Sleep Society is working toward increasing worldwide awareness of the importance of sleep and the adverse consequences resulting from lack of sleep, due either to enforced lifestyle or to sleep disorders themselves. The society acts as a link between various sleep associations and cultures, sleep clinicians and researchers, in the advancement of worldwide sleep health. To learn more, visit?www.worldsleepsociety.org. Stay connected: @_WorldSleep (Twitter),?facebook.com/worldsleepsociety.

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APPENDIX A ? PRESS RELEASE [BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

World Sleep Society
+1.507.316.0084

info@worldsleepsociety.org

http://worldsleepday.org/
CELEBRATE WORLD SLEEP DAY? ON MARCH 15
TO ADVANCE SLEEP HEALTH WORLDWIDE

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ROCHESTER, MN ? January 3, 2019?World Sleep Society is issuing a global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep. Friday, March 15, 2019 is the 12th annual World Sleep Day?. Created and hosted by World Sleep Society, World Sleep Day is an internationally recognized awareness event bringing researchers, health professionals and patients together to recognize sleep and its important impact on our health.

 

World Sleep Day 2019 will incorporate the slogan, ‘Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging,’ intended to emphasize the importance of sleep in overall health at any age. This focus is purposefully broad in meaning, surrounding the message that quality of life can be improved with healthy sleep. Conversely, when sleep fails, health declines, decreasing quality of life. Sound sleep is a treasured function and one of the core pillars of health. World Sleep Society has compiled ten tips for healthier sleep. These recommendations for children and adults can be viewed on worldsleepday.org under resources.

 

From the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine
Dr. Erik St. Louis, Co-Director of the Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, emphasizes this year?s theme of Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging by explaining, ?For most adults, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep tonight might be the most important thing you can do to improve your future physical and mental health. Children need even more sleep for optimal learning and play. Recent research shows the importance of adequate amounts of sleep for brain health, since during sleep, the brain washes away toxins that can potentially damage the aging brain that accumulate during the day while we?re awake. Sleep also keeps the brain?s wiring and connections healthy and working at their best, especially when learning and remembering new things from earlier in the day.?

 

Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD?is Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine working as a sleep medicine specialist for over 22 years. ?Getting good quality and quantity of sleep is one key to aging well, improving the odds of physical, cognitive and emotional health.Getting good sleep in young adulthood and middle age reduces the risk of obesity and hypertension, protects against age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer?s Disease, and has been associated with decreased rates of depression. In some studies, regular sleep has even been associated with fewer signs of aging in facial skin and better tissue tone.?Look better, feel better, be better.?There is a lot to be said for giving good quality sleep a high priority in our daily lives.?

 

Dr. Erik St. Louis finishes by adding, ?We?re excited to support the World Sleep Society?s World Sleep Day initiative to call more attention to the importance of regularly getting adequate amounts of restful sleep. As sleep medicine physicians, we dedicate our careers toward diagnosing and treating sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and other common problems with sleep quality, but this starts with getting the right amount of sleep every night.?

 

CALL TO ACTION

To participate in World Sleep Day, consider:

  • Organizing an event to create excitement and generate interest in World Sleep Day.
  • Circulating the official press release with sleep experts and local media.
  • Distributing sleep patient literature such as booklets, leaflets and newsletters.
  • Finding other ideas at worldsleepday.org.
  • Spreading the word on social media about #WorldSleepDay.

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More information can be viewed on worldsleepday.org/get-involved/plan.

 

GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
The 12th Annual World Sleep Day has partnered with Arianna Huffington?s Thrive Global, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, China Sleep Products Association, AmLife and Dormeo. More sponsors will be included before March.

 

Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global says, ?Sleep is central to every aspect of our mental and physical health. And this is true at every age, from birth onward. The profound importance of sleep in having a healthy, happy and long life never wanes.?

 

Ferring Pharmaceuticals recognizes the importance of healthy sleep in healthy aging by raising awareness of nocturia, the need to wake to urinate more than once in the night. People often ignore sleep disturbance from nocturia, but interrupted sleep on a regular basis is suggested to have a detrimental negative impact on an individual?s overall physical health and emotional well-being, in the long and short term. To mark World Sleep Day, Ferring is committed to increase the public?s understanding around getting adequate sleep.

 

Mr. Lew Mun Yee, the founder of AmLife states, ?AmLife is fully devoted in the noble mission of World Sleep Society in advocating better quality sleep in mankind. AmLife proudly joins the

call for Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging?this year?s World Sleep Day theme. Aging or growing older does not mean compromising one?s health. AmLife?s new tagline, ?Life. Redefined.? dovetails the 2019 theme. With better quality of sleep, life certainly can be redefined. Life can be much fuller in your golden years.?

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CONTACTS

Allan O?Bryan, World Sleep Society Executive Director: obryan@worldsleepsociety.org
Dr. Liborio Parrino, 2019 World Sleep Day Committee Chair: liborio.parrino@unipr.it

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About World Sleep Society
World Sleep Day is organized by World Sleep Society, an international association whose mission is to advance sleep health worldwide. World Sleep Society hosts a biennial scientific congress on sleep medicine aiming to globally connect sleep professionals and researchers to advance current knowledge on sleep. A job board has also been created for sleep medicine professionals on www.worldsleepsociety.org. Follow the excitement on Twitter @_WorldSleep and facebook.com/WASMF.

 

About Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Headquartered in Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. Nocturia, the need to wake to urinate more than once in the night, is a common cause of sleep disruption in adults of all ages. Ferring Pharmaceuticals is committed to raise awareness of nocturia. To learn more about nocturia or Ferring, please visit www.ferring.com/.

 

About AmLife International

AmLife established its sleep healthcare business to help consumers achieve optimal health in their daily sleep as well as enjoy the wonderful health-lifting, sickness-preventing and recuperative effects of its products. AmLife has pioneered the combination of bedding equipment and Japan’s state-of-the-art technology to expand the unlimited potential of the sleep healthcare market, providing a brand-new health solution for modern-day people, which they can use every day.

 

APPENDIX B – Logos

Written consent from the World Sleep Society must be given before World Sleep Day logos may be used by companies or organizations. Individuals may use logos after becoming a delegate.

The use of the words ?World Sleep Day? is copyrighted with the United States Patent and Trademark Office serial number 85274932. Written permission is required to use the words ?World Sleep Day? and/or logos of World Sleep Day and/or World Sleep Society.

 

 

 

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Improving lives with technology – HSE lighthouse project

The ?Lighthouse Projects? are in the clinical disciplines of the chronic diseases Epilepsy, Haemophilia and Bipolar Disorder. The epilepsy Lighthouse project is a partnership between a number of organisations ? RSCI, HSE, eHealth Ireland, Epilepsy Ireland, Beaumont Hospital and Ergo. There are many positive outcomes and benefits for patients as well as healthcare professionals associated with using information technology within health.

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The Challenge

Providing Individualised Services and Care in Epilepsy (PISCES) is a Lighthouse Project with a number of partners including HSE, eHealth Ireland, Epilepsy Ireland, RCSI and Beaumont. In the past there was no way for patients, academics or clinicians around Ireland to record their medical details electronically which created numerous problems.

The Solution

The PISCES Project is about using technologies to promote a model of precision, proactive and personalised healthcare for the more than 40,000 people with epilepsy across Ireland. The solution developed is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and Patient Portal App focused exclusively on the needs of epilepsy patients. The patient portal is a mobile-first, cloud-based solution. No matter where care is delivered, information can be collected, added to the care record and accessed by the care team regardless of geographic location or care setting. The project also involves the development of a BI solution which enables clinicians to securely use aggregated patient data to analyse and gather insights for the wider patient community to inform future care and population health.

?I think it definitely is a step of independence for a lot of people that don?t have that at all. They feel like they are kind of controlling in some way an illness that you can?t control at all.?

Clinicians now have a streamlined view of patient information through the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) ? a single source of truth where all patient medical information can be recorded and accessed from anywhere nationwide. As part of the EPR, genetic data can be easily interpreted, and documenting decisions and agreed actions has been simplified.

Via: ErgoGroup.ie

Technology support allows erie non-profit to serve the community

Paul Lukach, Executive Director of the Crime Victim Center of Erie County, is the first to admit it: he and his employees don?t pride themselves on being technology savvy. That?s why the company needed a trusted IT provider to help it reinvent its operations and ensure that computers and systems work seamlessly, allowing thus 44-year-old non-profit to concentrate on serving people and protecting the community in times of crisis.

With so much at stake, they turned to NanoSoft Solutions to handle their IT needs. NanoSoft not only created detailed plan to upgrade MCMS systems, but when an old modem died over a weekend, putting in jeopardy the MCMS e-mail capabilities, it was NanoSoft who came to the rescue. As Christopher Bell from MCMS says:

“We don?t pride ourselves on being technologically savvy, our job is to serve people in times of crisis.”

It?s that 24 hour/7 day a week support and commitment to service that keeps the MCMS from worrying anymore about their IT.

Via: cmitsolutions.com

Tips to make your workforce a security front line

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Cyber security is something that is constantly on our mind here at Unit. This is because, according to Bloomberg, cyber security related issues costs companies around $400 Billion a year on average.

One of the easiest ways to curb these losses in your business is to train your employees to create a more secure email environment. Staff plays a crucial part in the security of your company, and employees who are unaware of the onslaught of cyber threats are a liability to the safety of your company?s data.

It is therefore of utmost importance that they are always up-to-date on the best procedures to keep the company safe.

In an effort to save you and your company from the horrors of a cyber-attack, here is a list of tips that help safeguard your business.

  • Never open links or attachments from unknown persons.
  • Don?t respond to emails that request a password change and require you to divulge personal information ? no matter how official the source appears.
  • Ensure antivirus and anti-spy software is updated on your computer.
  • Encrypt any emails containing sensitive data before sending.
  • Don?t use your company email address to send and receive personal emails.
  • Don?t automatically forward company emails to a third-party email system.
  • Create strict standards for company-related Mobile Device usage

Mobile Devices have become an important tool of the workforce, and with them comes another wave of cyber threats. Making sure your employees have password-protected devices, encrypt emails, and download approved security applications to help keep the mobile data safe is very important.

Unit offers Mobile Device Management that will help with many of these safety features, including the ability to remotely wipe mobile devices. Contact us for all your security or Office 365 needs.

Scan & index manager delivers productivity at beaumont hospital

Beaumont Hospital is a large academic teaching hospital 5km north of Dublin City centre. They provide emergency and acute care services across 54 medical specialties to a local community of some 290,000 people, while employing over 3,000 staff.

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The Challenge

An inefficient filing system at Beaumont hindered healthcare workers who needed to be able to access patient records quickly and easily. Staff reverted to keeping paper records that were stored off-site. If a doctor or nurse needed to see them for a returning patient or if they were needed for a legal claim, then the file had to be physically retrieved from the archive and collected by courier; a time consuming process.

The Solution

With Ergo?s Scan & Index Manager documents were digitised and indexed in Microsoft SharePoint for easy search and retrieval. Implementation was risk-free and well planned because Ergo built the system at its headquarters first, replicating the Beaumont environment off-site before deploying it into the hospital.

?Ultimately, we wanted to get rid of the paper trail and totally trust Ergo to help us do it. Everything we have scoped and asked them to do they have delivered.?

The implementation of Ergo?s Scan and Index Manager system has delivered tangible productivity gains and cost savings for Beaumont Hospital. Doctors, nurses and administrators have robust systems that enable them to retrieve files in around 10 seconds compared to 30 minutes with the old system.

Via: ErgoGroup.ie

Partnering with IT provider helps erie manufacturing company thrive in 21st century

Berman Bedding, Inc. has been in business since 1912. But when this mattress manufacturer started producing medical pads in the 1950s, it realized the need for efficient technology solutions to keep its factories humming. Operations have changed drastically in the last 60 years, and when Berman President Robert Unger realized he couldn?t be the company?s IT guy anymore, he called CMIT Solutions

With so much at stake, they turned to NanoSoft Solutions to handle their IT needs. NanoSoft not only created detailed plan to upgrade MCMS systems, but when an old modem died over a weekend, putting in jeopardy the MCMS e-mail capabilities, it was NanoSoft who came to the rescue. As Christopher Bell from MCMS says:

“I called CMIT when I was no longer good enough to be the IT guy for the company”

It?s that 24 hour/7 day a week support and commitment to service that keeps the MCMS from worrying anymore about their IT.

Via: cmitsolutions.com

5 creative ways to address gaps in IT resources and talent

In a recent Indeed survey of more than 1,000 hiring managers and recruiters, more than half (53 percent) of respondents have hired tech talent despite candidates not meeting the job description requirements. That may be a good thing for businesses in need of IT resources to fill gaps in their talent pool. While that alludes to the fact that businesses are working hard to meet their needs for IT talent in what must be creative ways, here are five of those ways that businesses can employ to fill the gaps in IT resources and talent.

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#1: Training People with Transferable Skills/Hiring Recent Grads

Businesses can meet their IT needs by training people within the organization who have transferable skills: for instance, an IT-savvy employee who can learn a new computer language to meet the job requirement. Bringing interns into the organization is a perfect chance to feel out a cultural fit?their ability to learn and adapt and measure how they’d work with the existing team.

Another way that businesses can fill tech roles by turning to internal training to fill talent gaps is by hiring college graduates with two- or four-year degrees in computer science or even technical trade school graduates. This requires growing them into the level of mid-level techs who bring value, which can take a year or more.

#2: Support and Mentor Programs

Companies having a hard time finding tech talent should create a mentor program and work with more junior IT team members to put them on a skills track. The first six months of the mentor program is an investment, with team members learning new skills quickly. At the six-month or one-year point, they begin creating value for the company but still need the advice of senior leadership to grow and to avoid pitfalls.

#3: Internal Training, Certification

If you have competent IT generalists but need them to have specific training, it can pay to invest in the certification training that they need as long as they have the aptitude and ambition and are a good fit for the company long-term. The potential downside is that investing in IT personnel training doesn?t always continue to pay off, as they may leave at a certain point and take the training that you provided with them to another, higher-paying job.

#4: Sharing IT Talent with Other Businesses

Another approach that may be possible is that other, non-competitive businesses that you work with, such as vendors or businesses operating in the same building, may have part-time tech staff that you can work with and whose consulting-time costs can be shared with their employer. This may be feasible if your business is relatively small and its IT needs are basic.

It does present some drawbacks, as they may not be available when there is a problem, even though they may be on call. Other challenges are, they may be IT generalists rather than specialists, so they may not have the skills to handle more complex IT needs.

#5: Strategic IT Staffing Through Augmentation.

All of these solutions can be quite costly, and depending on your IT needs, it may be a long time before you see the return on investment at some type of break-even point. In today?s digital era, IT needs are a combination of current network and IT system maintenance, monitoring, and management. Additionally, it is about IT strategy development and implementation for technology solutions that will meet future business needs. This is true regardless of the size of your business, so with part-time IT staff or even in-house IT personnel, their skill sets and numbers may not be sufficient to effectively bridge the IT resources gap.

Gaps in IT can lead to major problems in terms of network downtime, slow business technology processes, and cyber attacks due to poor security patches and software update scheduling. With today?s deadline-driven IT demands and time-compressed project cycles, the ability to augment a core IT staff with on-demand advanced-skills professionals can dramatically increase a company?s competitive advantage.

By having an external managed IT services partner (MSP) to deal with day-to-day IT support, as well as long-term evolution, the organization can tap into highly skilled IT consultative support. The best of these MSPs provide a broad and interconnected suite of services that are bolstered by an understanding of how to develop and fulfill a defined IT strategy that is aligned with business goals and culture.

The support of an MSP can effectively bridge the gaps in IT personnel, as well as tool needs for monitoring, maintenance, security, and vendor relationships for the inevitable investments in new IT solutions. The right MSP can provide all of the specialized personnel you need, when you need them, under a set price contract that can be adjusted for expanding or temporary needs. You also get a consultant that can help you develop a sound IT, cybersecurity, and virtualization strategy to prepare your business for future needs in ways that foster agility, growth, and flexibility.

The top 13 benefits of proactive managed services vs reactive break-fix

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) have to juggle many priorities and daily demands. Acquiring and retaining customers. Avoiding inefficiency. Delivering excellent customer service. Managing costs. Hiring employees. Meeting government regulations. Keeping current with industry trends.

Technology can help SMBs streamline their processes, improve employee productivity, and maintain a competitive edge. But technology comes with its share of challenges, especially as mobile devices continue to take over and computing needs rapidly change.

That?s where managed services come in. Defined as specialized IT support delivered according to a clearly described service-level agreement over a fixed period of time for a low and predictable cost, managed services are the safest bet in today?s tech environment. Especially when compared with reactive or break-fix IT services.

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Stability and Expertise

Predictable IT costs. Managed services convert variable IT costs tied to the break-fix or reactive mode of support into the stable costs of proactive support. This allows business owners to budget effectively and pay what they can afford on a set schedule rather than getting hit with unexpected bills when tech problems arise.

Legitimate training. On top of hiring and training an IT staff, the cost of ongoing education and certification can break a small business owner?s bank. And if you?re not well versed in the IT world, how can you ensure an IT employee is actually qualified? Don?t let undertrained tech ?experts? fool you into thinking they can solve all of your problems.

Real-world experience. And while certifications are important, so is experience. Leading managed service providers encounter very few problems they haven?t seen before, while an in-house IT employee often remains narrowly focused on a small set of problems. You?d rather an experienced doctor solve your physical ailments, right? The same goes for an IT support team.

Reduced Risk, Leveled Playing Field

A safe bet. Since market trends, government regulations, financial conditions, and technologies all change quickly, every business investment carries a certain amount of risk. Working with a trusted MSP that can assume and manage much of this risk for you is a major advantage that comes with specific industry knowledge and years of experience.

A real competitive edge. Most small to medium-sized businesses can?t afford to match the strong in-house support services that larger companies enjoy. Working with an MSP, however, gives small companies enterprise-level solutions by providing the kind of access and expertise that large companies enjoy. Managed cost structures and economies of scale like that can give your company a major advantage.

Compliance that counts. Is your firewall capable of fending off attacks? Do you audit your workstations and servers regularly? Has your company implemented PCI security standards and worked to maintain those standards? Small to medium-sized businesses have more ways than ever to handle commerce via credit and debit cards, e- commerce, wire transfers, and more. But with this increased transaction sphere comes a stronger need for due diligence. Employing a managed services provider allows your business to minimize the risks associated with maintaining client data and other sensitive information, the misuse of which can cause serious harm to your business.

Break-Fix: High Cost, Low Value

?Hey Margaret!? Many small firms deal with IT this way: relying on a non-IT employee to handle day-to-day IT problems. Margaret never asked for this role ? it just evolved in her direction. But the impact of her being asked to fix co-workers? urgent issues is not often calculated; nor is the likelihood that her lack of formal IT knowledge can lead to more expensive repair bills in the future.

?I got a guy.? Small companies that have recognized the flaw in the ?Hey Margaret!? support strategy attempt to solve the problem by engaging an experienced technical support specialist on a part-time, fixed hourly rate basis. Yet the ?I got a guy? guy may maintain upwards of a dozen part-time clients in order to make a decent living, and he may not always be available when a business owner absolutely needs him. In this scenario, the company does get a more technically competent solution. But it?s also at the mercy of an independent operator with competing demands for his time and attention.

?Call in the Geek Squad!? Since the business owner usually only sees the ?I got a guy? guy when there is a problem, mayhem ensues when frantic calls go unanswered. Then, the business owner has no choice but to open the yellow pages and look for help, often settling for the first company that can respond to the immediate need. While these techies may indeed provide relief for failed hard drives and other desktop issues, they often do not have the skills to support complex networks or understand a business? specific needs.

?Hire an IT person ? pronto!? When the lack of immediate availability becomes an issue (or when the ?I got a guy ? and the ?Geek Squad? fail resolve to an issue), the business owner finally decides to hire an in-house resource that can respond to user complaints. The new hire is immediately handed a long list of issues to resolve. Unfortunately for both the internal IT resource and the company, the list never gets shorter and the internal IT support is forever in ?react? mode, responding to the most severe problem and seldom getting ahead.

Managed Services: Low Cost, High Value

Proactive approach = resolution before crisis. Monitoring and maintenance software can identify problems before they affect employee productivity. And everyone can rest easier knowing that resolution occurs before situations turn into ?white-hot? emergencies.

Uniform application of the optimal resource. The lowest-cost, most highly credentialed resources are applied to recognized issues first, while bigger problems are escalated to higher-skilled resources tin a fluid and seamless manner so that resolution can be quickly achieved.

Fast response regardless of priority. With multiple levels of on-site and remote IT support available, problems can be addressed simultaneously rather than in sequential order. The proactive approach also ensures the ultimate in responsiveness: resolving issues while they?re still disguised and before they?re detected by the end user. The immediate impact is improved productivity; the longer-term impact is a more tech-literate staff that?s better able to leverage the company?s technology investment.

The Final Word

None of the issues faced by small to medium-sized businesses ? relentless competition, technological complexity, the never-ending need to do more with less ? are going to disappear anytime soon. So the value of a high-quality, low-cost solution to these issues will only grow. That?s why CMIT Solutions has spent years tailoring a variety of managed services that can help boost efficiency and productivity for your business.

Proactive IT support takes the complexity out of technology by providing comprehensive support at one flat-rate price ? no surprises.

The break/fix approach to IT support has not only failed to meet the needs of SMBs, it has damaged the relationship between technicians and the small businesses they serve. Small businesses feel vulnerable because they don?t understand their technicians? jargon-heavy language, heavy workload, and unpredictable costs. Meanwhile, technicians feel overworked and under appreciated, locked in a loop of repetitive, high-stress tasks as they run from one crisis to the next, unable to work on more satisfying projects that could offer lasting value to the business.

Only a radical change in IT support philosophy and delivery can make the break/fix model obsolete and deliver greater efficiency and productivity to SMBs at a lower, more predictable cost. Technology is integral to the success of a small to medium-sized business, and CMIT Solutions understands that.

Via: Cmitsolutions.com

Dynamics 365: a game changer for dairygold operations

Located in the rich fertile Golden Valleys of Munster, Dairygold has a long and proud history of producing quality-assured, sustainable gold standard cheese and dairy ingredients. With three imperative divisions that drive and support our farmers and business, Dairygold are able to offer clients and consumers full traceability, unrivalled quality and product excellence.

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The Challenge

The central focus of a new CRM system was to allow Dairygold to improve customer and supplier relationships. The Co-Operative was previously dependent of on field staff returning to the office to file a paper-based records of customer interactions.

The Solution

Designed and delivered by Ergo, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) components in Microsoft Dynamics 365 were identified as the best way to meet Dairygold’s requirements and to garner a better understanding of farmers and their needs. The new CRM system provides Dairygold with relevant information in a timely manner helping to overcome some of the challenges the teams have encountered when working remotely in rural Ireland.

?CRM allows us to improve the service and support we provide to our member owned and controlled supplier base. It has helped to increase customer satisfaction levels and to strengthen our relationships with farmers?

Ergo?s CRM solution has allowed Dairygold to record important items of information, enabling a more enhanced service. All the information is uploaded directly by their staff from any location, solving the challenge of working with customers and suppliers in remote areas.

Via: ErgoGroup.ie