The Science of Sleep: Things you Can Do To Raise Awareness for Sleep Disorders

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For so many of us, a good night’s sleep is a refuge; from our long hectic days, from our piling problems, or even from the stresses of managing our rare diseases.

For many of us, sleep is a luxury.

But what about those who suffer from a sleep disorder? The one thing that we all take for granted can be a struggle for for many others.

We therefore honor those struggles by observing Sleep Awareness Week!

On Saturday, March 10th celebrate Suddenly Sleepy Saturday, also known as Narcolepsy Awareness Day! Suddenly Sleepy Saturday falls on the day before daylight saving time, where we spring ahead and lose an hour; the point being to take advantage of a time when even those who don’t have narcolepsy are prone to experience sudden sleepiness or daytime drowsiness, just as people with narcolepsy do every day. To read more about narcolepsy, click here.

So what can you do?

Narcolepsy Network invites you to get involved by requesting that your state’s governor, city’s mayor, and/or city council to issue a proclamation officially recognizing Suddenly Sleepy Saturday.

Click on this Word document from the Narcolepsy Network to see the guidelines for your state or city if applicable. They even drafted up an example proclamation or cover letter for ease!

In 2017, supporters in 31 states requested proclamations and governors of 17 states and mayors in 12 cities approved the request and issued proclamations!

Not too shabby! So together,  we can build on that momentum and bring narcolepsy awareness to all 50 states!

Following Suddenly Sleepy Saturday is Sleep Awareness week, where the theme is “Begin with Sleep,” sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation.

Click here for tools on how to make the best of Sleep Awareness week and use the hashtag #YourDayBeginsWithSleep on your social media platforms next week to help get it on others’ radars.

Everyone deserves a good night’s rest, so let’s do our part to help!




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