March 7, 2015: Narcolepsy Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles; and,

WHEREAS, Narcolepsy affects an estimated 1 in every 2,000 Americans; and,

WHEREAS, Narcolepsy is an under-recognized and under diagnosed condition; and,

WHEREAS, the symptoms of narcolepsy, especially when undiagnosed, can lead to 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 between the ages of 15 and 25; and,

WHEREAS, Narcolepsy Network is a national organization, based in North Kingstown, RI, created to promote awareness of the disease and support for those who suffer from narcolepsy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 7, 2015 to be Suddenly Sleepy Saturday- a Day for Narcolepsy Awareness in Michigan.