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Frequently Asked Questions:

What will I do in bed all day?

Make posters, invite friends and the local media to visit, build a fort, post photos (#SleepIn2016 @Project_Sleep), join our twitter and video events, take a nap, do yoga, catch up on reality TV, read a book. Take another nap. Rest, relax and have fun.

Project Sleep will be in bed all weekend, flooding social media and connecting with participants around the world via twitter chats and google hangouts (#SleepIn2016 @Project_Sleep). Full weekend schedule coming soon!

Can I get out of bed?

Yes, of course, please get out of bed to eat, stretch, use the restroom, etc.  Have fun incorporating the SLEEP IN theme into your weekend in a way that makes sense for you, your health and your family’s schedule. This is supposed to be a fun opportunity to reflect on sleep, not a health hazard or prison sentence.

What is the SLEEP IN?

On the weekend of March 11-13, 2016, Project Sleep invites you to join the second annual international SLEEP IN (#SleepIn2016) to raise awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders during National Sleep Awareness Week. Challenge yourself to stay in bed for 12-48 hours and ask your friends and family to sponsor your SLEEP IN to benefit Project Sleep.

Who organizes the SLEEP IN?

The SLEEP IN 2016 is an international awareness and fundraising event of Project Sleep, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. By inviting participants to stay in bed, the SLEEP IN 2016 offers a relaxing and restorative alternative to events that require participants to expend energy to participate. Connecting people via twitter and video chats, the SLEEP IN 2016 aims to empower sleep advocates across the globe.

Why participate?

Are you sleep-walking through life? Nearly 70 percent of adults report insufficient sleep or rest at least once a month and nearly 70 percent of high school adolescents sleep less than the recommended 8-9 hours a night. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a sleep or circadian disorder.

Sleep is the misunderstood and often-overlooked pillar of health. Sleepiness is NOT laziness. By participating in Project Sleep’s SLEEP IN 2016, we are waking up the world to the importance and power of sleep.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate. Whether you are sleepy teen, person with a sleep disorder, supporter, sleep professional or sleep enthusiast, your SLEEP IN matters. Use your voice, and bed, to shine light on the night.

What does it cost?

It’s FREE to register and participate. Register at crowdrise.com/SleepIn2016. We encourage you to make the first donation on your own fundraising page to inspire your friends and family to support your page. Once your fundraising page is set up, email your friends and family to challenge them to donate or participate too. See sample fundraising message in Official SLEEP IN Participant Guide.

How long should I participate in the SLEEP IN?

Consider pledging to participate at least 12 hours, but longer participation is encouraged. We know life is busy, make your SLEEP IN make sense for you.

Example SLEEP IN schedules:
12 hours: Friday 10pm – Saturday10am
18 hours: Friday 10pm – Saturday 2pm
24 hours: Saturday 12noon – Sunday 12noon
36 hours: Friday 10pm – Sunday 10am
48 hours: Friday 10pm – Sunday 10pm

Saturday or Sunday?

On Saturday March 12th, SLEEP IN to celebrate National Narcolepsy Day/“Suddenly Sleepy Saturday”. Or join us on Sunday March 13th – after losing an hour of sleep due to the daylight savings time change.

Why fundraise?

Some people run or walk to raise funds, but why not receive support and encouragement to SLEEP IN?  Funds raised support Project Sleep is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders. See sample fundraising message in Official SLEEP IN 2016 Participant Guide.

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Thank you to Project Sleep’s volunteer Dream Team for helping to launch this amazing event. Special thanks to Ciro Di Ruocco and Julie Flygare for serving as “Sleep In Superstars” and co-leaders of SLEEP IN 2016!