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Sleep Recharges You: Enter the 2017 high school video contest

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Thomas M. Heffron  |  Nov 14, 2016
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Teens have until February 20 to enter the 2017 Sleep Recharges You High School Video Contest. Sponsored by the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, the contest invites teens to make and submit a creative video about the importance of sleep.
Up for grabs is a first-place prize of $1,000 – split evenly between the winning student and his or her school. A second-place prize of $500 and a People’s Choice prize of $250 also will be awarded.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens should sleep 8 to 10 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. However, CDC data show that 69% of U.S. high school students report sleeping 7 hours or less on an average school night.

Motivate your peers to get more sleep by submitting a creative video. Entries should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length. Your video can be serious or funny, dramatic or quirky. Judging criteria include message relevance and accuracy. Videos also will be judged on originality and overall quality.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 20, 2017.

Get complete details about the 2017 ASMF Sleep Recharges You High School Video Contest on the ASMF website. Need some inspiration? Learn more about the Sleep Recharges You campaign and take a look below at the three winners of the 2016 Sleep Story contest:

First Place
Andrew Zwijack won the first-place prize for his video, “Inside a Sleep-Deprived Mind.” He was an 11th grader from Hickory Hills, Illinois.

Second Place
Juan Lopez won the second-place prize for his video, “Sleep Deprivation.” He is a 12th grader from Franklin, Tennessee.

People’s Choice
Erin Cummins won the People’s Choice prize. She was a 9th grader from Natick, Massachusetts. The People’s Choice winner was chosen by the general public through online voting.


  1. 1 AASM 18 Jan
    Cassie - You can use any music as long as you received permission from the copyright owner.
  2. 2 Cassie 17 Jan
    Regarding the rule about Music – "Music: Any music used in the video must be created by the Entrant. Submissions containing copyrighted music, samples, files, or any other protected works that the Entrant does not have the rights to will be disqualified." I'm a bit confused. Do we have to create the music ourselves, or as long as we have gotten the rights from the publisher to use a song we 're allowed to use music not created by ourselves?
  3. 3 AASM 08 Dec
    Caroline - Students from any U.S. high school are eligible to enter. If you win one of the prizes, you will receive half of the money, and your school will receive the other half. You will need to get the support of one teacher who will sign your entry form as your "sponsoring teacher." A parent or guardian also will need to sign your entry form. Entries should be no longer than 2 minutes - it's a strict time limit. 
  4. 4 AASM 08 Dec
    Jake - Yes! U.S. students who attend a Department of Defense school are eligible for the contest, even if the school is located in another country. We greatly appreciate our U.S. service members - and their families - and would welcome your submission. Thanks for asking!
  5. 5 Caroline 05 Dec
    Does it matter what school I go to and is this something I should discuss with them before doing? Also is there anyway to make the video slightly longer than the given 2 minutes?
  6. 6 Jake 05 Dec
    If I go to a dodds school can I still enter?