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Suddenly Sleepy Saturday: A Day for Narcolepsy Awareness


WHEREAS, narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles, resulting in extreme daytime sleepiness and sudden, irresistible bouts of sleep that can strike at any time; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects an estimated 135,000 to 200,000 people in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of narcolepsy, especially when undiagnosed, can cause accidents, injuries, and problems with learning and working; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects people neurologically, socially, and emotionally; and

WHEREAS, narcolepsy affects people of all ages, with onset typically occurring between the ages of 7 and 25; and

WHEREAS, The Narcolepsy Network is a national organization created to promote awareness of the disease and provide support for those who suffer from narcolepsy; and

WHEREAS, Suddenly Sleepy Saturday: A Day for Narcolepsy Awareness is an opportunity to educate Virginians about the symptoms of narcolepsy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 9, 2019, as SUDDENLY SLEEPY SATURDAY: A DAY FOR NARCOLEPSY AWARENESS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.