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.