World Narcolepsy Day
Project Sleep is excited to announce that it has come together with 21 other organizations around the world to establish World Narcolepsy Day. This ground-breaking day, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, will be dedicated to raising critical awareness for narcolepsy on a global scale.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that impairs the brain’s ability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. A related condition, idiopathic hypersomnia, is a chronic neurological disorder marked by an insatiable need to sleep that is not eased by a full night’s slumber. Narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia affect over 3 million people worldwide, yet the majority of people living with these conditions are currently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
“Public knowledge of narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia is limited and often inaccurate,” said Julie Flygare, JD, President and CEO of Project Sleep. “Low awareness perpetuates delays in diagnosis while also leading to stigma and isolation. Education is critical to reduce delays in diagnosis, reduce stigma and improve outcomes. I am honored that Project Sleep is a part of this global movement to build a brighter future for all people with narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.”
World Narcolepsy Day is a powerful new opportunity for the entire community, including patient-advocacy organizations, researchers, clinicians, drug developers, local communities and individuals.
“Our scientific understanding of narcolepsy is rapidly advancing and new treatment options are on the horizon,” said Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, Director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. “Thus, this is a critical time to elevate international awareness through World Narcolepsy Day, to help people to receive proper diagnosis and treatment sooner.”
On Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, patient-advocacy organizations will celebrate with various activities and efforts to advance awareness, education, support, research, and advocacy. Communities and individuals are encouraged to take part in these initiatives and to raise their voices on social media using the hashtag #WorldNarcolepsyDay.
“Getting involved with patient organizations can provide critical social support for individuals and families facing narcolepsy,” described Yves Dauvilliers, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Physiology at the University of Montpellier, France. “I applaud this international group of organizations for coming together to establish World Narcolepsy Day and I look forward to working alongside them to raise awareness and improve outcomes.”