American Academy of Sleep Medicine Video Contest
Help teens understand that sleep is essential.

Due February 16th, 2021 - Teens in the U.S. are invited to enter the 2021 AASM “Sleep is Essential” High School Video Contest. Help teens understand that sleep is essential.

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Getting the sleep that your body needs is essential for your health, well-being, and mood. Sleep also helps you perform your best at school. When you get good sleep, your memory is sharper, and you think more clearly and creatively. Sleep also energizes you for peak performance in sports, making you faster, stronger, and more accurate. Finally, sleep keeps you safe by helping you to avoid motor vehicle accidents caused by drowsy driving.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens between 13 and 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. However, CDC data show that nearly 75% of U.S. high school students report sleeping fewer than 8 hours on an average school night. These students are experiencing chronic sleep restriction, which can have a negative impact on their physical and mental health, academic and athletic performance, and mood. Chronic sleep loss also can influence teens’ decision-making, putting personal and public safety at risk.
Factors that can prevent teens from getting sufficient sleep include social media use, screen-based media usage at night, late-night binge-watching, and early school start times.

After posting your video on Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube with the hashtag #EssentialSleep2021

Submissions can be in any style or genre, including animation, drama, comedy, musical, or documentary.

Entries should be between 15 seconds to 1 minute in length.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.


First Place
: $1,000 Split between you and your school

Second Place
: $500 Split between you and your school

People's Choice
: $250 Split between you and your school


Open to any individual who is 13 years of age or older and is enrolled in a high school in the United States at the time of entry. 

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