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 teen’s 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,” according to a release from AASM. “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.”

AASM recommends teens between 13 and 18 years of age should sleep eight to 10 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. However, CDC data show that about 78% of US high school students report sleeping fewer than eight hours on an average school night. 

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 at 5 pm EST. The complete 2024 AASM High School Video Contest rules and eligibility information can be found on the Sleep Education website.

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