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Suddenly Sleepy Saturday

Help Raise Narcolepsy Awareness by Celebrating Suddenly Sleepy Saturday 2018!

Suddenly Sleepy Saturday, also known as Narcolepsy Awareness Day, will be held on March 10, 2018. Suddenly Sleepy Saturday falls on the day before Americans turn their clocks ahead one hour for daylight savings time, a time when even those who do not have narcolepsy may experience sudden sleepiness or daytime drowsiness, just as people with narcolepsy do every day.

Narcolepsy Network invites you to get involved by requesting that your state’s governor issue a proclamation officially recognizing Suddenly Sleepy Saturday. We also urge you to make a request at the local level to your city mayor or county council. Click on the map to see what locations have already requested or granted a proclamation.

Last year in 2017, supporters in 31 US states requested proclamations. Governors of 17 states approved the request and issued proclamations, so did mayors in twelve US cities. With your help, we can bring narcolepsy awareness to all 50 states and beyond!

To make a proclamation request, most are done through the governor’s office. Some offices respond very quickly, while others require many weeks to process the request. Don’t delay in making your request! Use this Word document to see the guidelines for your state or city if applicable. If you do not see the contact information for your town or city, the best place to send the request is through the mayor’s or county council’s office.

Worried about what to say in your request? We have you covered! Just use our example proclamation or cover letter.

Once you made the request, please e-mail us so we can keep the narcolepsy community up-to-date. If you’d like to share that the request was granted, send us a photo of the proclamation (bonus if it includes the person who requested or received the proclamation). You can also send a press release to your local media informing them about the upcoming awareness day. If you are planning a special event, let us know about it so we can help spread the word.

Wondering what to do with the proclamation once you received it? Keep it! Hang it up at home, work, or school or consider sending it to your Congressperson with a letter included to urge them to increase the spending on narcolepsy research. Please note: proclamations must be requested each year, so if you made a proclamation last year, it does not transfer to the next year.

Thank you for raising narcolepsy awareness!

 

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