Estonian universities celebrate World Sleep Day on Friday, March 17, combining creativity and research to raise awareness related to sleep.

Sleep week at the Estonian universities is a collaborative initiative by the psychologists working at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA), Tartu University, TTK University of Applied Sciences and from the mental health website (Head Matters). Estonian University of Life Sciences has also joined the sleep week activities. The main objective of the week is to promote sleep hygiene tips among the students and staff. Concrete tips for keeping regular sleep and good sleep hygiene will be shared via web-site, Instagram and Facebook. Several articles will be published and online-seminars will be held by the psychologists.

What is special about the sleep week in Estonia? Campaign has been launched to find new sleep songs. 31 songs have arrived, which will be played in the evenings via Instagram Live (look for As a follow-up, sleep songs will be broadcasted via Classical radio show “Fantaasia” on March 31.

This year cooperation with the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s radio channel for classical music (Klassikaraadio) has been enhanced. Each evening of the week at midnight a short sleep routine practice will be guided (in Estonian) to promote regular sleep and create a peaceful environment.

Test your sleep habits here (in Estonian)

On Instagram, emta_psychologist shares daily recommendations and research results to motivate you to make small changes in your sleep habits.


World Sleep Day is an opportunity to promote sleep health alongside thousands of other sleep health professionals and advocates. The theme for this World Sleep Day is Sleep is Essential for Health. Just like eating well and exercising, sleep is a behavior that is foundational to one’s physical, mental, and social well-being.

Elina Kivinukk
EMTA psychologist