Dear Massachusetts,
I love you but you’re officially one of the sleepiest States in the country.  Please get some rest!!
The REM Runner

Want to know how sleepy your State is? Check here!

(Data Source: CDC. Perceived Insufficient Rest or Sleep Among Adults — United States, 2008. MMWR 58(42);1179-1179.)

Today, I represented Wake Up Narcolepsy at the National Sleep Awareness Roundtable in Washington, DC. At this meeting, I learned that Massachusetts needs some serious sleep (along with New Jersey and the entire southeast!).  In addition, I met many people passionate about increasing sleep awareness in America.  Needless to say, I felt right at home!

The National Sleep Awareness Roundtable(NSART) is a national coalition of government, professional, voluntary, and other organizations whose mission is:

– To raise awareness about;
– To increase the understanding of; and
– To reduce the public health and safety impact of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders by improving communications and collaboration among local, state, and federal agencies; professional organizations; and the public.

NSART is coordinated by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Membership organizations include prestigious physicians groups, influential government agencies and non-profit organizations (see membership list).

REM Runner at the NSART Meeting

It was truly an honor to be included in the discussion.  We brainstormed various ways to promote sleep awareness. Members were excited to hear about my SLEEP WALK 2011 and expressed interest in joining us next year!

Tomorrow kicks off the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health and Safety 2011 Conference here in Washington DC. I’m excited to attend, and as always, I will report back on my blog.

In closing – Massachusetts, I have my sleepy eyes on you.  Go to bed, please!


  1. Phoebe on March 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I got 4 hours of sleep last and I live in MA…coincidence? That was rare though so don't you worry REMmy…I usually get 7.5-8 hours 🙂

  2. Robert M. Burnside on March 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    In numbers there is strength!

  3. Barbara on January 5, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I sleep walk and I would like to exchange ideas and experiences with people who sleep walk.

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