World Sleep Day, which some of us just discovered was a thing, fell on March 14 and the Chinese Sleep Research Society held festivities across the country yesterday to celebrate the, um, holiday. One man in Hunan province even took advantage of the event to hypnotize some animals, because anything goes on World Sleep Day!*
A man named Tang Tang on Thursday held a hypnotism performance that included hypnotizing animals, a pajama show and self-hypnosis exercises at a park in Changsha.
For the past six years, the US-based World Association of Sleep Medicine has promoted World Sleep Day as a way to raise awareness about the importance of undisturbed sleep, according to CNTV.
Last year we reported that a significant proportion of the Chinese population has sleep problems, and while many Chinese people get a more-than-average amount of sleep, they are not sleeping well. A survey conducted by Sleemon Furniture Co and Horizon China found that peoples’ sleep problems stemmed from bad moods, physical ailments and stress.
“About 70 percent of city residents consider a bad mood as one of the primary causes of poor sleep, while in rural areas, the ratio is 62 percent,” the report said.
Oh look, now he’s got a chicken.
“About 62 percent of young people cite work pressure as the main cause of poor sleeping patterns, followed by 54 percent (middle-aged) and 21 percent (elderly).”
The people seem to like the animal hypnotist.
Anyway, here’s some video documentation of the pajama-clad madness that ensued on Thursday:
*Not the official slogan of World Sleep Day
[Images via ECNS.cn // Video via China View]