AASM High School Video Contest

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Teens in the U.S. can enter the annual AASM High School Video Contest to compete for a cash prize and raise awareness about the importance of sleep. Submit an original video up to 2 minutes in length that motivates teens to make sleep one of their top health priorities.

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Getting the sleep that your body needs is essential for your health, well-being and mood. Sleep also works for you so that you can perform your best at school. When you get good sleep, your memory is sharper and you think more clearly and creatively. Sleep also energizes you for peak performance in sports, making you faster, stronger and more accurate. Finally, sleep keeps you safe by helping you to avoid motor vehicle accidents caused by drowsy driving.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens between 13 and 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. However, CDC data show that 73% of U.S. high school students report sleeping fewer than 8 hours on an average school night. These students are suffering from chronic sleep restriction, which can have a negative impact on their physical and mental health, academic and athletic performance, and mood. Chronic sleep loss also can influence teens’ decision-making, putting personal and public safety at risk.

Factors that can prevent teens from getting sufficient sleep include social media usescreen-based media usage at nightlate-night binge-watching and early school start times.

Issue Date:November 19, 2019
Submission Due Date:February 7, 2020 by 11:59 CT
Amount of Award:Up to $1,000
Contact:American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Attn: Kathleen Fitzgerald
Fax: 630-737-9790
E-mail: contest@aasm.org

Official website: https://aasm.org/advocacy/high-school-video-contest/