Project Sleep: Sleep In 2017

On the weekend of March 10-12, 2017, Rylie and I will be participating in Project Sleep’s international #SleepIn2017 to raise awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders during National Sleep Awareness Week. We are challenging ourselves to stay in bed for 12-48 hours and are asking our friends and family to either join us or sponsor our Sleep In to benefit Project Sleep. We’ve been training really hard in preparation for this event, and I am confident I can beat my personal best of 24 hours in bed.

Why are we participating?

Because, Dylan.

Why should you donate?

Because, Dylan.

But also because sleep is one of the most misunderstood and often-overlooked pillars of health, and this is particularly true when it comes to narcolepsy and cataplexy. According to a 2010 article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, failure rates for properly diagnosing narcolepsy are extremely high among a variety of physicians. Neurologists misdiagnose narcoleptics 45% of the time, general practitioners 78.1% of the time and paediatricians almost 100% of the time. It takes an average of 20 years to properly diagnose narcolepsy. TWENTY YEARS! This is not okay.

Sleep is a basic biological requirement. We literally cannot survive without it, much like we cannot survive without food or water, yet too often we treat it as a luxury or those who “over-indulge” as lazy.  By participating in Project Sleep’s Sleep In 2017, we are waking up the world to the importance and power of sleep!

Full event details: www.project-sleep.com/sleepin