Sign White House Sleep Petition Today!

by julie on March 12, 2013

Please join me in signing the Official White House Sleep Disorder and Sleep Health Awareness Petition!

The petition poignantly states:
“We petition the Obama administration to recognize the serious impact that sleep disorders have on life, help raise awareness of sleep disorders, promote sleep health for all ages, and to encourage naps over harmful energy drinks for everyone. We must destigmatize a good night’s sleep. Sleep disorders impact workplace productivity and attrition more than any other factor combined. Sleep for health, sleep for the economy, sleep for life!” 

Thank you to my friend, Bridgette of Sleepwriting Through Life, for starting the petition!

Over 40 million Americans live with chronic sleep disorders including sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, narcolepsy, Willis Ekbom disease (or restless leg syndrome/RLS), KLS, and circadian sleep disorders. 

Can we get 100,000 people to sign the petition by April 11, 2013? Together, we can.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Mira Bishop March 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Narcolepsy is a serious sleep disorders. The effect of narcolepsy on its victims is devastating.

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julie March 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Thank you for this important comment, Mira. I agree 100% and hope this petition will help America take sleep disorders like narcolepsy seriously. Thanks for your support! Julie

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Mike Glen March 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hi Julie,

I think you’d get a better response to the signing of the petition if it was available on your site instead of on the White house’s site. People tend to steer away from giving the government anymore information than they have to. The way it’s currently set up, a person has to signup for access to the White House website before they can sign the petition. I won’t be signing up for access to the government website so, unfortunately, I won’t be able to sign the petition (and I really do want to).

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julie March 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Great idea, Mike! I will consider something like this in the future. Cheers, Julie

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M March 14, 2013 at 4:09 am

Totally agree with Mike, so I won’tbe able to sign either.
:-(

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julie March 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm

No problem. We do what we can. Cheers, Julie

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Daniel Thomas March 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm

My name is Daniel Thomas, I’m 40 yrs old and I’ve been living with Narcolepsy with cataplexy for nearly 30 yrs. This is more then a sleep or sleepy disorder.I used to get warnings before I’d fall asleep when I was younger but now , most of the time I don’t.I have falling asleep walking , talking , driving which I don’t drive anymore,ive fell asleep on a roof , and grocery shopping. I’d wake up and be totally
disoriented and somewhat embarrassed. I’ve lost every last job I’ve had because I was caught dozing off or sleeping and when I tried explaining my situation , I was let go because I was a safety risk. This disorder is so much more then just being sleepy . I started falling asleep uncontrollablely in 7 the grade to the point I was failed and removed from the school all together. Ive always been called lazy, sorry , a druggy , and many other unpleasant names throughout the yrs. So I learned early to avoid contact with others period. Ive never had any good results come from trying to explain my disability to others. They just compare it to themselves out Joe smo down the road.

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julie March 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Thank you for sharing your perspective, Daniel. You have overcome so much adversity in your life and I’m cheering for you. Hang in there! Sending wakefulness and big smiles your way, Julie

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