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Sources: Project Sleep; NarcolepsyNotAlone; SleepFoundation.org

Believing in the value of sleep, Project Sleep aims to improve public health by educating individuals about the importance of sleep health and sleep disorders.

Rising Voices of Narcolepsy is a Project Sleep program of the non-profit which trains people with narcolepsy (a neurological disorder in which the brain loses the ability to maintain the proper sleep/wake cycle) to share their stories through public speaking and writing. Other sleep disorders:

Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders: the sleep-wake cycle is out of sync with the day-night cycle.

Idiopathic Hypersomnia: sleepiness lasting more than 3 months without abnormal tendencies to enter REM sleep.

Insomnia: difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, waking up too early, or feeling unrefreshed after waking.

Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS): recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleep, altered behavior, and a reduced understanding of the world.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): the inability to maintain adequate ventilation during sleep due to sleep-related increase in upper airway resistance, while breathing during wakefulness is satisfactory.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)/Willis-Ekbom Disease (WES): an almost irresistible urge to move their legs, usually due to disagreeable leg sensations that are worse during inactivity and often interfere with sleep.

Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness. One of the most important sleep hygiene practices is to spend an appropriate amount of time asleep.

Project Sleep is offering scholarships of $1,000 each to ten students with narcolepsy and to five with idiopathic hypersomnia. High school seniors with these diagnoses who are planning to attend a 4-year university beginning in fall of 2019 are encouraged to apply before April 1.

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