Sleep Health Awareness: Narcolespy · Other Disorders · Donate to Project-Sleep.com
Nearly 70 percent of adults report insufficient sleep or rest at least once a month, and 11 percent report insufficient sleep every day of the month. Nearly 70 percent of high school adolescents sleep less than the recommended 8-9 hours a night.
An insufficient amount of sleep is associated with suicide risk, obesity, depression, mood problems, low grades, and delinquent behavior. Sleep loss causes issues with memory, attention, mood regulation, complex thought, motor responses to stimuli, and performance at work or school.
Many people view sleep as a waste of time disrupting our ambitious daytime activities. Yet sleep is absolutely critical for our health, safety and success.
Sleep loss may also increase the risk of various physical and mental disorders. In addition, an estimated 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year are believed to be the result of driver drowsiness or fatigue behind the wheel.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder of the sleep-wake cycle that affects about three million people worldwide. However, public understanding of narcolepsy is limited, with media portrayals associating narcolepsy with comical sleepiness rather than a medical condition. NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE™ is Project Sleep’s international campaign to raise awareness about narcolepsy.
Project Sleep plans to award scholarships of $1000 each to high school seniors diagnosed with narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia who are planning to attend a four-year university starting in the fall of 2018. Applications are due by April 1, 2018.