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National Sleepover Day

Make the most of National Sleepover Day with your besties! Snack on yummy treats, watch movies, and create unforgettable memories.
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Get ready for the ultimate sleepover on National Sleepover Day on May 9! This day has been around since at least 2012, and is a great chance to get together with friends or family for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Whether you're throwing your own party or attending one, this is an opportunity to let loose and have some fun. Let's make sure that everyone gets a good night's sleep in honor of this special day!

History of National Sleepover Day

National Sleepover Day Dates

National Sleepover Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Sleepover Day's Origins</div><div class='timeline-text'>Information about National Sleepover Day begins to widely circulate on social media and online platforms, bringing attention to the event.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Popularity</div><div class='timeline-text'>More people participate in National Sleepover Day, celebrating with friends, family, and various traditions such as movie marathons and cooking parties.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sleepover Themed Products</div><div class='timeline-text'>Businesses start selling sleepover-themed products around May 9, such as pajamas, snacks, and party supplies.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Charity Events</div><div class='timeline-text'>Charities and non-profit organizations start hosting sleepover-themed fundraisers on this day to raise money for their causes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Sleepovers</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, virtual sleepovers became popular on National Sleepover Day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Sleepover Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a movie marathon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends, get some snacks and watch as many movies as possible. Take turns picking the movie and make sure everyone gets to watch their favorite.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a list of items or tasks that need to be completed in order to win the game. Make sure each task is unique, fun and age appropriate.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a spa night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Give each other manicures and pedicures, give facials with homemade masks, create DIY aromatherapy candles, or just relax with a good book.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play board games</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Board games are great for sleepovers because you can play with a group of people. From classics like Monopoly to more modern board games, there’s something for everyone.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Do a photo shoot</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Bring out your inner photographer and take some awesome photos of your friends. Have fun dressing up in silly costumes or finding interesting backdrops for the perfect shot.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Sleepover Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sleepovers create special memories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Sleepovers are incredibly fun, and when shared with friends, the memories last a lifetime. Think back to all of the nights spent huddling up in sleeping bags around a flashlight with your best friends telling stories, or toasting marshmallows over the campfire - sleepovers are special times that shape us even into adulthood!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sleepovers provide quality bonding time</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When you spend an entire night (or several days!) together with close friends, you naturally become closer. Sleepovers can be a break from the stress of school and work, and is a great way to connect with friends you see too little these days. Plus, there's no need to worry about what time it is - stay up as late as you want!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sleepovers are full of surprises</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>No matter how well you know each other, you never know what sort of surprises sleepover guests have in store. Whether it's snacks hidden away in their bag or hilarious games they've thought up on the spot, there's always something new and exciting to experience when at a sleepover!</p></div></div>

5 Unheard Facts for National Sleepover Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The term "slumber party" dates back to 1924</h3><p class='facts-content'>The phrase "slumber party" first appeared in the American language in 1924, providing a formal title for these social sleepover gatherings.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>"Pajama" is a Hindi word</h3><p class='facts-content'>An essential component of any sleepover, the word "pajama" (or "pyjama") actually comes from the Hindi "pāy-jāma", meaning "leg clothing".</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pillow fights have ancient origins</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pillow fights, a favorite sleepover activity, can be traced back to ancient times when Roman soldiers were said to engage in similar practice using hard leather pillows.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>World's Largest Sleepover Gathering</h3><p class='facts-content'>The current Guinness World Record for the largest sleepover or pajama party ever held was 2000 girls at an event organized by Girlguiding UK in 2008.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sleepover Day Can Promote Self-Esteem in Children</h3><p class='facts-content'>Parents and child development experts agree that sleepovers can help children cultivate independence, learn how to problem solve, adapt to new environments, and evolve their social skills.</p></div></div>

National Sleepover Day FAQs

When is National Sleepover Day?

National Sleepover Day is celebrated on May 9th every year. In 2024, the day falls on a Thursday.

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