Affiliations: Dr. Ilene Rosen; Amy Bellgardt, creator of Mom Spark
• The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) improves sleep health and promotes high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research and practice standards. Established in 1975, the AASM has a combined membership of 10,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals.
• Ilene Rosen, MD, MS, is the immediate past-president of the AASM. An authority in sleep health, Dr. Rosen is board-certified in sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine, with clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
• Amy Bellgardt is the creator of Mom Spark, a blog covering a wide range of topics, including health, parenting advice, home, travel, social initiatives, lifestyle and more. Mom Spark was the 2016 Iris Award Winner for Best Parenting Vlog.
Activity: The AASM will host a World Sleep Day #HealthySleepChat Twitter event and giveaway. The AASM has partnered with Amy Bellgardt to help raise awareness of the importance of healthy sleep, through an interactive one-hour Twitter discussion. Bellgardt will present a series of questions about the role sleep plays in a healthy lifestyle and aging, and Dr. Rosen and the AASM will weigh in with details about the effect of sleep on one’s health, warning signs of common sleep problems, and resources for individuals and families seeking to establish healthy sleep. Individuals are invited to join the online discussion, ask and respond to questions, and share their experiences for the chance to win one of two $100 gift cards – simply for participating! (Only US residents are eligible for the prizes, but anyone with a Twitter account is welcome to join the discussion and Q&A.)
Location: To participate, follow @AASMorg on Twitter, and tweet with the hashtags #HealthySleepChat and #WorldSleepDay during the chat.
Date of Activity: Friday, March 15, 2019, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. ET
Submitted By: Matt Kasik (on behalf of the AASM)