DARIEN, IL — Submissions are now being accepted for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s 2024 “Sleep for Success” High School Video Contest. Entrants will compete for a cash prize and raise awareness about the importance of sleep for teens and how proper sleep leads to better overall health, performance, and safety.

High school students can enter the contest by submitting an original video that ranges from 30 to 90 seconds long to help teens understand why sleep is important to their success either in school, health, safety, sports, relationships, or another area. The video should focus on one aspect of a teens’ life. Videos will be judged based on creativity, the information presented, and popularity.

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle, helping to improve health, well-being, and mood. Sleep helps teens perform their best at school. When students get good sleep, their memory is sharper, and they think more clearly and creatively. Sleep also energizes teens for peak performance in sports, making them faster, stronger and more accurate. Finally, sleep keeps teens safe by helping them 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 about 78% of U.S. high school students report sleeping fewer than 8 hours on an average school night. Technology usage at night, including screen-based medialate-night binge watching and social media use, along with other factors, prevents teens from getting the sufficient sleep they need. As a result, these students are experiencing chronic sleep restriction, which can negatively impact their physical and mental health, academic and athletic performance and overall mood. Chronic sleep loss also can influence teens’ decision-making, putting personal and public safety at risk.

After posting a video on YouTube, Instagram or TikTok with the hashtag #SleepforSuccess2024 and tagging the AASM, high school students must submit to the AASM a public link to the video along with a completed entry form. For videos posted to YouTube, an mp4 file of the video must also be submitted. The contest entry period closes Feb. 29, 2024, at 5 p.m. EST.

The complete 2024 AASM High School Video Contest rules and eligibility information can be found on the Sleep Education website.

About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Established in 1975, the AASM advances sleep care and enhances sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has a combined membership of 12,000 accredited sleep centers and individuals, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who care for patients with sleep disorders. As the leader in the sleep field, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.