The American Sleep Medicine Foundation selected an effects-heavy YouTube video about the benefits of sleep as the grand-prize winner of the first-ever ASMF Sleep Story Video Contest. The video was created by Jasper Lown, a senior at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, located near Chicago. His two-minute video uses creative visuals to provide simple tips to improve sleep habits. His sponsoring teacher was Tim Brylka.
Launched in April 2013, the ASMF’s Sleep Story Video Contest issued a nationwide creative challenge to high school filmmakers to tell a sleep story to help shine a light on the effects of sleep problems. The 23 submissions were evaluated by a panel of sleep medicine physicians and researchers and judged based on appropriateness of message, originality, creativity and the overall quality of the video. The first-place prize is $1,000 to be split between the winner and his school. Additional prizes were awarded for the videos submitted by first runner-up Lewie Kloster of Minneapolis, Minn. and second runner-up Brock Dehaven of Princeton, N.J.