Portugal 2024: 1. CNC-UC: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra; 2. APS: Portuguese Sleep Association, Portugal | 1. CNC-UC: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal; CIBB: Center for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Coimbra, Portugal; 2. APS: Portuguese Sleep Association, Portugal

Delegate: 1. CNC-UC: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra; 2. APS: Portuguese Sleep Association, Portugal

Affiliation: 1. CNC-UC: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal; CIBB: Center for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Coimbra, Portugal; 2. APS: Portuguese Sleep Association, Portugal

Short Bio: The Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra (CNC-UC) is a scientific institute that fosters high-level biomedical and biotechnology research with societal impact, promotes multidisciplinary graduate training and provides specialized services to healthcare institutions and the entrepreneurial community. As a modern research institution where novel scientific and social challenges arise, the center is also strongly committed to science communication, including awareness on the importance of a healthy sleep. CNC-UC has actively engaged in science communication initiatives aimed at enhancing literacy, promoting dialogue between scientists and society, disseminating CNC-UC’s findings through various media channels, ensuring public accountability, and nurturing a culture of scientific inquiry.

The Portuguese Sleep Association (APS) aims to promote action on research, development, investigation and dissemination of topics related to sleep and sleep disorders. Bringing together clinicians and other health professionals, investigators, and educators, APS looks for a multidisciplinary evolution in order to promote an improvement in technical and scientific knowledge as well as an enhancement of professional and public awareness about the importance of sleep in all its aspects.

APS and CNC-UC join forces every year to carry out a campaign with various activities in order to raise public awareness about the importance of sleep and its impact on health.

Activity: A large-scale national campaign was conducted by CNC-UC and APS based on the slogan “Sleep Equity for Global Health”, comprising the following activities:

1. Launch of the contest “Sleep Equity for Global Health”, which challenges students from primary to high schools from the whole country to create short videos (1 minute) about the theme of the World Sleep Day 2024 and the importance of sleep. Applications occurred between March 13 and April 22. The evaluation phase is running until May 15.

2. “A good night under the stars”, a series of animations about the importance of sleep for health and wellbeing created for hemispheric projection (360°). This series was broadcast in Ciência Viva Centers at three main Portuguese cities: Porto (at Porto Planetarium), Coimbra (at UC-Exploratorium), and Lisbon (at Pavilion of Knowledge), on March 15th and 16th. The premiere of these animations was accompanied by a round table with different experts in sleep medicine and social sciences who discussed medical, scientific and social issues related to sleep.
Audience: 382 people

3. Premiere of the documentary “Apneia” (https://marioneteatro.com/en/productions/apneia), about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The premiere was followed by a roundtable discussion about Obstructive Sleep Apnea, at Porto, on the World Sleep Day 2024. “Apnea” was produced by the Marionet theater company, in collaboration with APS and CNC-UC, and intends to improve literacy on OSA, one of the most prevalent sleep disorders worldwide. It includes testimonials from patients, sleep technicians and clinicians. The premiere of the documentary was followed by a roundtable discussion between clinicians, sleep researchers, and the artistic direction of the documentary.
Audience: 20 people

4. Drawing exhibition “Sleep with conscience”, at the Sleep Medicine Center of Coimbra Local Health Unit, during March. The exhibition integrates a selection of drawings from students from primary to high school about the importance of sleep and good sleep hygiene, derived from a drawing contest prepared for the World Sleep Day 2022.

5. Comics “Rare Journeys with Insomnia”, to increase literacy about Familial Fatal Insomnia, a rare genetic disorder that strongly impacts on sleep and health, published at a reference Portuguese Journal – “Público”.

6. Presentations about the importance of sleep and the topic of the World Sleep Day 2024 in several public events in Portugal:
– At the meeting “Sono de qualidade para todos por uma melhor saúde global” (Quality sleep for all for better global health), organized by Lisbon City Hall, in Lisbon, for workers and students in the fields of health, education, social sciences and humanities (March 20)
Audience: 50 people
– At PO.RO.S museum, Condeixa-a-Nova, Portugal
Audience: 120 people

7.Sleep awareness in schools. During March, members of CNC and APS went to several schools in Portugal to promote awareness on the importance of sleep:
– Agrupamento de Escolas Martim de Freitas, Coimbra, Portugal
Audience: 60 students (9th grade)
– Escola Secundária de Pombal, Pombal, Portugal
Audience: 100 students (high school)
– Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Audience: 40 students (higher education)
– Agrupamento de Escolas Cidade do Entroncamento, Entroncamento, Portugal

8. Social Media Campaign (tv, radio, newspapers, social networks) about the importance of sleep.
– Interview for the TV channel “CNN Portugal” (March 15): https://cnnportugal.iol.pt/videos/estamos-a-dormir-cada-vez-menos/65f416f10cf2491b54b09688
– Interview for the TV channel “RTP” (March 15): https://www.rtp.pt/play/p12652/e755132/portugal-em-direto/1223885; https://www.rtp.pt/noticias/pais/dia-mundial-do-sono-portugueses-dormem-pouco-e-mal_v1557749
– Interview for the TV channel “SIC” (March 15): https://sicnoticias.pt/pais/2024-03-06-Comprimidos-para-dormir-portugueses-procuram-resposta-rapida-mas-especialistas-alertam-para-riscos-aa498b8c
– Interview for the TV channel “RTP Madeira” (March 15): https://madeira.rtp.pt/sociedade/ha-cada-vez-mais-criancas-a-sofrer-perturbacoes-do-sono-video/
– Interview for the radio stations “Rádio Comercial” and “M80” (March 15): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fK0ehVJKZWEdZo5PxyWBfH2fw9JRNq4Q/view?usp=sharing
– Interview for the radio station “Rádio Renascença”: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fHW5vD8HAMRDQcCuPjQHYkGSjS_LLZXC/view?usp=sharing
– Interview for the journal ”Jornal de Noticias”: https://www.jn.pt/5203934286/consultas-do-sono-tem-cada-vez-mais-jovens-entre-os-milhares-de-doentes-em-lista-de-espera/ (March 15)
– Interview for the journal “Diário de Coimbra”: https://www.diariocoimbra.pt/noticia/126890 (March 15)
– Interview for Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation: https://ffms.pt/pt-pt/atualmentes/sociedade-portuguesa-esta-organizada-para-que-se-durma-pouco (March 15)
– Interview for the journal “Diário das Beiras”:
https://www.asbeiras.pt/2024/03/centro-de-medicina-do-sono-seguiu-14-mil-doentes-em-2023/ (March 16)
– Participation in the TV show “Sociedade Civil”: https://www.rtp.pt/play/p12678/e757671/sociedade-civil (March 27)
– Posts about the initiatives conducted by CNC-UC and APS in social networks (Facebook and Instagram)
Outreach: 34500 people

Location: All over Portugal

Date of Activity: February 29th – April 22nd, 2024

Submitted by: Laetitia Gaspar