World Sleep Day 2024 Hungary



World Sleep Day is 15 March in 2024, but due to the national holiday, in Hungary the event took place on 13 March in the framework of an international scientific conference at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of sleep for quality of life. In many countries, doctors, researchers, healers and NGOs are coming together for the event to show that sleepiness and insomnia are becoming a widespread disease and that we need to pay much more attention to their prevention and treatment. Hungary joined the international event for the 15th time, organised by the Hungarian Sleep Association, in partnership with the World Association of Sleep Medicine and later the World Sleep Society. This year's slogan of the World Sleep Society: SLEEP EQUITY FOR GLOBAL HEALTH! During the Budapest conference, the 2nd edition of the Hungarian Sleep Book was presented and the 2024 Sleepfriendly awards were presented. The event included a message from Allan O'Bryan, Director of the World Sleep Society, and was welcomed by the Hungarian Government's State Secretary for Health, Péter Takács.

More information: The internationally renowned experts of sleep health in Hungary, the Hungarian Sleep Association, a professional-social organisation formed to unite their work, want to strengthen the global trend: humanity is sleeping worse and worse, and changing this is a common task. Identifying new directions in sleep science, and making the most of the results as soon as possible, is our daily task: for doctors, healers, patients and healthy people alike. There is a growing recognition that sleep disorders, while they can cause many problems, are actually systemic, with multiple adverse consequences. They upset our rhythm of life, disrupt the harmony of our body and soul, and erode our health. Mankind is sleeping less and less and more restlessly. Hungary is no exception. The President of the Hungarian Sleep Association, György G. Németh told on the conference: "In Hungary, we are sleeping less and less as a consequence of our lifestyles. Preventing sleep disorders and sleep diseases is the basis for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the key to staying healthy. Sleep is a vital, complex process, and understanding it lies in its complexity."

The speakers: recognised experts in their field: dr. László Bálint Grand - Head of the Biomedical Research Laboratory, Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics, Pázmány Péter Catholic University; György G. Németh - Associate Professor, President of the Hungarian Sleep Association; dr. Gábor Hermann - Orthodontist, President of the Hungarian Interdisciplinary Orofacial Therapy Society; Anita Juszkó - Director of the Four Points by Sheraton Kecskemét Hotel and Conference Centre, Vice President of the Hungarian Hotels and Restaurants Association; Péter Kemény - Integration Expert, EON Hungária Zrt.; Dr. Richard Kiss-Robert - Sleepfriendly Program International; Eszter Kun - Research Director, Szinapszis Piackutató és Tanácsadó; dr. Edit Sándor - Medical Director, Pharma Nord Hungary (Denmark); dr. Gyöngyi Szabó - Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Luleå University Teaching Hospital (Sweden); György Szabó - Director of Semmelweis Kiadó; Zsolt Tamási - Health System Hungary Program, Managing Director of Benyovszky Orvosi Központ; Gergely Vada - Associate Professor, Founder of Fusion Vital, Vice President of the Hungarian Sleep Association.


SLEEPFRIENDLY HOTEL 2024 a. category: foreign countries: HOTEL KÜKÜLLŐ, SZÉKELYUDVARHELY (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania) b. category: Hungary - rural areas: HOTEL VINIFERA WINE & SPA BALATONFÜRED c. category: Hungary, Budapest: MATILD PALACE BUDAPEST



HUNGARIAN SLEEP BOOK /Thoughts for improvement, for a restful sleep (editor-in-chief: György G. Németh). The second edition of this highly successful volume includes studies on the impact of artificial intelligence and smart devices on sleep by national and foreign authors, in addition to the previous standard valuable lifestyle and medical topics. Namely: Eszter Kun, dr. Alpár Sándor Lázár, György G. Németh, dr. Attila Körmendi, dr. Imre Varga, dr. Katalin Zsuzsanna Rónai, dr. Zsuzsanna Vida, dr. Gábor Szalmay, dr. Róbert Késmárszky, dr. Adrián Kis, Alíz Erdélyi-Sipos, dr. Gábor Hermann, dr. Beáta Szabó, dr. Edit Sándor, dr. László Acsády, dr. Ferenc Mátyás, Gergely Vada, dr. Katalin Szalay.

Professional partners of the World Sleep Day in Hungary: Hungary's Comprehensive Health Screening Programme (2010-2030), Hungarian Medical Association for Health and Lifestyle, Hungarian Association for the Renewal of Public Health, Hungarian Dental Association, National Association of Hungarian Dieticians, Association of Hungarian Restaurants and Hotels, ELTE PPK, University of Sopron Lámfalussy Sándor Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Health Spokesman and Communication Professionals, Benyovszky Medical Centre, Budapest Sleep Centre, Elektro Oxygen E/O ResMed, CardoMagyarország, Fusion Vital, Galenus Kiadó, Global Innovation, Gyógyszertári Prakticum, Health System Hungary, JYSK Hungary, Kaqun, Lifetime Média Kft., LAM (Lege Artis Medicinæ), Medicina & Practicum, Everyday Psychology,,  New Medical Hungary, Patika Magazin,, Pharma Nord Hungary, PRANAGARDEN, Sleepfriendly Hotel Program, Semmelweis Kiadó, Studium Practicum, Tudomány Kiadó, Zepter Hungary.

Published by: Hungarian Sleep Association, World Sleep Society Hungary Partner, World Sleep Day 2024 Hungary Organising Committee


Sleep Friendly Excellence Award 2023

17 March 2023 – press release   The quality of sleep everyone is deteriorating at an unprecedented rate—highlights the Hungarian Sleep Association in its annual report published on the occasion of World Sleep Day. It is about a global phenomenon, the international sleep organization points out following the call to action of the World Sleep Society, underlying the direct involvement of some 80 countries. The Hungarian Sleep Association has been a member of the World Sleep Society for more than ten years, and thanks to this cooperation, top experts in the field held conferences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences inspired by this year’s motto: health is kept if sleep is suitable. Just as proper nutrition and exercise, beneficial sleep is hence part of a desirable lifestyle and is inseparable from people’s psychological or spiritual well-being. By bringing together health institutions and companies specialized in sleep conditions, the Hungarian organization has been successfully implementing its professional programme in recent years as far as scientific knowledge dissemination is concerned. They use methods based on international standards to measure sleep quality, carry out research and surveys, publish books, as well as adopt the means of recognition of institutions that are achieving outstanding results in the field of sleep quality. As part of the Sleep Friendly Programme, awards are bestowed to sleep-friendly companies and hotels, and the best products are rewarded. The work of the Hungarian Sleep Association was recommended by the World Sleep Society for many years, bestowing it among the first organizations appointed the Distinguished Activity Award.   “The consequences of the COVID epidemic and the global crisis, as well as changes in everyday living conditions, have a significant impact on our sleep, which also affects our work and family life. On average, adults sleep 6 to 8 hours a week, below the internationally recommended 7-9 hours. There is a worsening trend in composite sleep quality indicators in Hungary, according to our scientific research over the past four years, conducted by the Sleep Association in collaboration with the Synapse Health Research Institute. The prevention and treatment of sleep disorders shall start with the right sleep environment and in case of deficiencies be subject to medical diagnosis of sleep disorders and sleep diseases that may lead to appropriate treatment.” – points out G. NÉMETH György, President of the Hungarian Sleep Association.       The speakers at the international sleep conference were Dr. BÓDIZS Róbert (Semmelweis University Institute of Behavioural Sciences), DANKOVICS Gergely (Hungary's Comprehensive Health Screening Programme), dr. FABÓ Dániel (National Institute of Mental Neurology and Neurosurgery), HAVASI Gergő (Sleep Ambassador), JÁSZ Anna (Experimental Medical Research Institute), dr. KÉSMÁRSZKY Róbert (France), KUN Eszter (Synapse), dr. LAKOS Gábor (Budapest Sleep Centre/Benyovszky Medical Centre), G. Németh György (Hungarian Sleep Association), dr. SÁNDOR Edit (Pharma Nord, Denmark), ÓBERLING József (National Police Headquarters National Accident Prevention Committee), VADA Gergely (Fusion Vital), dr. VIDA Zsuzsanna (Hungarian Sleep Association).

The diplomas can be seen here

Sleep Friendly Excellence Award 2023 - Sleep Friendly Company: JYSK Hungary, Pharma Nord Hungary, Coloplast Hungary. Sleep Friendly Hotel: Hotel Admiral Copenhagen, Botaniq Kastélyhotel Tura, Várda Sporthotel Kisvárda. Sleep Friendly Product: Havitu/Matrackuckó.  The awards were presented by the leaders of the Sleep Friendly Program, the Hungarian Sleep Association and the Hungarian Hotels and Restaurants in the presence of his excellency Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark in Budapest. The inaugural speech was held by dr. TAKÁCS Péter, State Secretary for Health. Published by and for more information: Hungarian Sleep Association, G. NÉMETH György, President

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