China 2021: Dr. Bingqian Zhu | Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Nursing

Delegate: Dr. Bingqian Zhu

Affiliation: Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Nursing

Short bio:

Dr. Bingqian Zhu received her PhD degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is working as a Research Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Nursing. She is accepted by the International Sleep Research Training Program class of 2021 and is mentored by Dr. Simon Kyle from the University of Oxford. Dr. Zhu is dedicated to the development of sleep medicine by working as a researcher and mentoring students.

In response to the World Sleep Society’s call for “Regular Sleep, Healthy Future”, Dr. Zhu and her young students planned the event. This year was the first time that Dr. Zhu was involved in the World Sleep Day activities. It not only increased people’s awareness of healthy sleep but also provided a great opportunity for the students to learn more about sleep medicine and to use their talents. Successful completion of this year’s event has laid a solid foundation for future events alike.



The target audience of this year’s event was medical students and staff. This group of people are healers who often forget to take care of themselves, including maintaining healthy sleep. Their sleep problems are under-recognized and under-treated. In order to raise their awareness of the importance of sleep, we organized this event with the help of the Student Union of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This year’s event features the following activities.


  1. February to March 2021: Prepared the pamphlets for WSD.

In addition to using resources from the World Sleep Society website, we also searched for scientific information. We synthesized the resources and translated them into Chinese. The pamphlets were designed by Yunping Mou and Yueying Wang. It covers 6 sections about sleep: 1) overview about sleep; 2) importance of sleep; 3) sleep in medical students and shift-workers; 4) common sleep disorders (insomnia and sleep apnea); 5) healthy sleep tips; 6) myths about sleep explained. (Fig. 1. Pamphlet)

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2. Early March 2021: Designed our group name, logo, T-shirt, and prizes.

Our group consists of mainly undergraduate and master’s students in Medicine and Nursing. We called our group “Sleep Guard” 睡眠卫士. We also made customized T-shirt and prizes, including mugs, bags, keychains, and bookmarks (designed by Linqiu Li). (Fig. 2. Customized T-shirts, prizes)


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3. Mid-March 2021: Created a cartoon video about sleep.

In order to provide visual and auditory stimulation, we also created a cartoon video. The video covers basics about sleep and sleep hygiene (Fig. 3, created by Zixuan Bai and Tiantian Yang).


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4. Mid-March 2021: Designed the digital assessment and quizzes.

In order to help the students to assess their sleep health and sleep hygiene, we created digital assessment instruments (designed by Huihui Wu and Jincheng Zhang). We also created quizzes to engage the audiences. There are 8 quizzes that cover questions about World Sleep Day, basis of sleep, and healthy sleep tips (designed by Linqiu Li). The audiences can win different prizes based on the number of quizzes they got right: 8 correct-mug; 7 correct-bag; 6 correct-keychain; other-bookmark (designed by Na Wang). (Fig. 4. Quiz samples)

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5. Mid-March 2021: Designed the banner, twitter post, and poster for our event.

Four days prior to the event, we put up a banner on campus. We created and released the twitter post via an official account of our institution, which received around 1500 views in two days. We also put up a poster around the cafeteria (designed by Pei Chen and Zixuan Bai). (Fig. 5. Banner; Fig. 6. Twitter; Fig. 7. Poster)

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6. March 19, 2021: Featured activities.

A. Despite the weather being rainy on World Sleep Day, our event was very successful. All of our group members were fully dedicated to this event, with some distributing the pamphlets, some explaining healthy sleep to the audiences, and some organizing the distribution of prizes. (Fig. 8-15)

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B. Invited by the Student Union of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, doctors from our affiliated hospitals also volunteered to participate. They provided service to the students who might have sleep problems. (Fig. 16-18)

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7. News about our event

Pre-event: twitter about our event:

Post-event: news about our event:


8. Acknowledgement: We would like to thank the Student Union of Shanghai Jiao Tong University for supporting our event. We would also like to thank Mike Mutschelknaus and Allan O’Bryan from World Sleep Society for providing resources and advice for organizing this event. Special thanks to Na Wang who helped to organize the event but could not join us on World Sleep Day.


Location: Shanghai, China

Date: March 19, 2021

Submitted by: Bingqian Zhu