Sleep and Biological Rhythms

, Volume 14, Supplement 1, pp 3–9 | Cite as

Sleep education and awareness-raising activities in Japan

  • Soichiro MiyazakiEmail author
  • Shobu Sato
  • Takuro Kitamura
  • Isao Morikuni
  • Nobuhiro Tsuji
  • Kohei Honda
  • Masako Okawa
Review Article


Now the world works day and night, termed as the ‘unsleeping society’. Consequently, an increasing number of people are facing a biological cycle opposite to the natural day–night cycle by ‘working at night and sleeping in the daytime’. Compared with other countries, Japan has one of the highest incidences of short sleep duration similar to South Korea. Lack of sleep greatly affects our daily lives. It is now time for us to reconsider the importance of sleep to experience a high-quality and healthy life both physically and psychologically. Since the establishment of a funded course module on Somnology in Shiga University of Medical Science in 2004, the authors have been implementing awareness-raising activities on the significance of sleep not only for students in higher education but also on a broader social spectrum.


Sleep Education Somnology Health promotion 


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© Japanese Society of Sleep Research 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Soichiro Miyazaki
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Shobu Sato
    • 2
    • 3
  • Takuro Kitamura
    • 4
  • Isao Morikuni
    • 5
  • Nobuhiro Tsuji
    • 6
  • Kohei Honda
    • 7
  • Masako Okawa
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Sleep MedicineShiga University of Medical ScienceOtsuJapan
  2. 2.Japan Sleep Education SystemOtsuJapan
  3. 3.Shiga Junior CollegeOtsuJapan
  4. 4.Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of Occupational and Environmental HealthKitakyushuJapan
  5. 5.Circadian Technologies Japan IncorporateNaraJapan
  6. 6.Shiga University Faculty of EducationOtsuJapan
  7. 7.Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryAkita University Graduate School of MedicineAkitaJapan
  8. 8.Sleep Health Promotion OrganizationJapan Foundation for Neuroscience and Mental HealthTokyoJapan

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