High School Video Contest

Sleep and Teens in High School
Scheduled Issue Date: January 12, 2021
Scheduled Submission Due Date: February 16, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST
Amount of Award: Up to $1,000
Contact: American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Attn: Esther Eccleston
Fax: 630-737-9790
E-mail: contest@aasm.org

Teens in the U.S. are invited to enter the 2021 AASM “Sleep is Essential” High School Video Contest. Entrants will compete for a cash prize and raise awareness about the importance of sleep for teens. High school students can enter the contest by submitting an original video that is 15 to 60 seconds long to help teens understand that sleep is essential.

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 helps you 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 nearly 75% of U.S. high school students report sleeping fewer than 8 hours on an average school night. These students are experiencing 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.

Entry Period:

The 2021 AASM “Sleep is Essential” High School Video Contest entry period opens Jan. 12, 2021, and closes Feb. 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.


The Contest is open to any individual who is 13 years of age or older and is enrolled in a high school in the United States at the time of entry. (U.S. high school students who are home-schooled are also eligible to enter. High school students who attend a Department of Defense school also are eligible for the contest, even if the school is in another country.) No purchase of any sort is necessary, and there is no entry fee. Each submission must be the primary work of one individual (the “Entrant”).


After posting your video on Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube with the hashtag #EssentialSleep2021, you must submit to the AASM a public link to the video along with a completed entry form. Contest winners also will be asked for an MP4 file of their video.

Selection of Winner(s):

A panel of Judges (comprising physicians and teens) will review videos for originality and quality as well as the appropriateness, relevance, and accuracy of the messages.


  • 1st Place: $1,000 split evenly between you and your school
  • 2nd Place: $500 split evenly between you and your school
  • Teen’s Choice: $250 split evenly between you and your school

Note: The Teen’s Choice winner is chosen by teen ambassadors of the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS).

Coming soon!

2020 AASM High School Video Contest Winners

2019 AASM “Sleep Works for You” High School Video Contest Winners

High School Video Contest 2011 – 2018

Teen high school student sleepy in school

The AASM Foundation hosted a Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest in 2011 and an annual High School Video Contest from 2013 through 2018, focusing on motivating teens to prioritize the importance of sleep in their lives. Winners of these contests are shown below. The annual contest is now sponsored by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

2018 AASM Foundation “Make Time 2 Sleep” High School Video Contest Winners

Note: All prizes are split evenly between the winner(s) and their school. The People’s Choice winner is chosen by the general public through online voting.

2017 ASMF “Sleep Recharges You” High School Video Contest Winners

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Additional Past Winners