Suddenly Sleepy Saturday - A Day for Narcolepsy Awareness


WHEREAS, narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles, resulting in experiences of extreme daytime sleepiness and sudden irresistible bouts of sleep that can strike at any time; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects an estimated 1 in every 2,000 Americans; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy is an under-recognized and under-diagnosed condition; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of narcolepsy, especially when undiagnosed, can lead to accidents, injuries, and problems with learning and working; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects people neurologically, socially, and emotionally; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects people of all ages, with onset typically between the ages of 15 and 25; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to have chapter centers of the Narcolepsy Network, a national organization, based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, created to promote awareness of the disease and provide support for those who suffer from narcolepsy; and

WHEREAS, Narcolepsy Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate Virginians on the symptoms of narcolepsy, and aims to promote the importance of sleep and its relation to good health; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 7, 2015, as SUDDENLY SLEEPY SATURDAY – A DAY FOR NARCOLEPSY AWARENESS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.