ASMF "Sleep Story" High School Video Contest

How much do you know about sleep?

  • We spend about one-third of our life sleeping.
  • Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent.
  • The Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep deprivation played a role.
  • Teenagers need more sleep than adults – 10 hours a night.
  • One of the best predictors of insomnia later in life is the development of bad habits from having disturbed sleep in your youth.

Sleep problems affect an estimated 70 million people each year. Bouts of insomnia due to stress, interrupted sleep due to late-night use of electronic devices, sleep apnea due to weight gain – these are all real problems that are becoming more prevalent in society.

As a student, you know how the demands of school work, extracurricular activities and your social life affect your sleep. What you might not know is the effect sleep has on your relationships, grades and overall health. Sleep problems can lead to poor performance in the classroom, cause strain in relationships and also contribute to other serious medical issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Sleep has an impact on every aspect of your life, and everyone has a story about sleep. The American Sleep Medicine Foundation is issuing a nationwide creative challenge to young filmmakers: Tell a sleep story to help us shine a light on the effects of sleep problems.

Here’s your chance to creatively tell a story about the importance of sleep and to win $500 for you and $500 for your school. The best videos will be used to educate the public about sleep.

Download ASMF Sleep Story Video Contest Entry Form

To enter, create a Sleep Story video that highlights the importance of sleep and is between 30 seconds and two minutes in length. Upload your video to YouTube and then submit the link to the ASMF by February 13, 2014. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of sleep medicine physicians and researchers and judged based on appropriateness of message, relevant of the message to sleep problems today, originality, accuracy of the message content and the overall quality of the video. The Sleep Story contest is open to students enrolled in high school in the United States at the time of entry; attestation of enrollment must be provided by a teacher via the submission form. Please contact Laura Bentley by email (lbentley@discoversleep.org) or at (630) 737-9700 with questions.

  1. Entry Period: The “Sleep Story” Video Contest (the “Contest”) entry period opens November 4, 2013, and closes on February 13, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  2. Eligibility: The Contest is open to any individual who is enrolled in high school in the United States at the time of entry. No purchase of any sort is necessary. Each submission must be the work of one individual.
  3. Agreement to Rules: Each Entrant must comply with all the terms and conditions of the official rules (the “Rules”) contained herein. By participating in the Contest, each Entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to be bound by and accepts the terms and conditions of these Rules and the decisions of American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its judges (including, without limitation, the selection of finalists and winners, and the awarding of prizes), which are final and binding in all respects.
  4. How to Enter: To enter, create a video (must be between 30 seconds and two minutes in length) showing the effects of sleep illness. All material submitted must be original work created solely for submission in this contest. Upload your video entry to YouTube and then email the link with the completed Entry Form to Laura Bentley at lbentley@discoversleep.org. The Official Entry Form must include all requested information, including, without limitation, all contact information along with a Video Submission that complies with these Rules.
  5. Selection of Winner(s): The panel of Judges will watch and analyze every entry received for appropriateness of message, relevance of the message to sleep medicine today, originality, accuracy of message content, and overall quality of the video.
  6. Prizes:
      Grand Prize: $1,000 Split between you and your school
      First Runner-Up: $500 Split between you and your school
      Second Runner-Up: $250 Split between you and your school
  7. Guidelines for Video Submissions:
    • Running Time: 30 seconds – 2 minutes, including any credits.
    • Originality: Submissions must be original work of the Entrant and must not have been previously published or have won an award or prize of any kind. Previously published submissions from publicized contests will be disqualified. Submissions or works created by others will not be considered and will be disqualified.
    • Style: Submissions can by in any style or genre of film or video, including, but not limited to, animation, drama, comedy, still art, imagery or documentary.
    • Copyright: Entrants must follow the Use of Copyright Materials in Student Television Network Activities guidelines regarding to copyright for their entry. Submissions must not incorporate or include anything that violates any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or other right of any third party. Proof of permission may be requested.
    • Music: Entrants may use music, but any music 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.
    • Permission: Contestants are responsible for securing all necessary rights, licenses, clearances, releases, consents and/or permissions from any third parties that appear in the video entry in order to avoid disqualification, and the American Sleep Medicine Foundation reserves the right to request proof of ownership or permission to use any material contained in each submission.
  8. Appropriateness Requirements: Video Submissions must NOT:
    • Include trademarks, logos, or copyrighted material not owned by the entrant. All images or references to third party brands, logos or works must be edited or blurred in the video submission.
    • Use individuals’ names, in whole or in part (including the Entrant’s last name), without written permission.
    • In the sole and absolute judgment of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, contain: profanity; content depicting or promoting sexual activity; content depicting or promoting illegal activity; content that depicts or promotes violence or harm; or any other offensive, obscene, or inappropriate content.
  9. Use of Submission: Entries and other submitted material become the property of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting an entry:
    • You represent and warrant that, if you are the designated person that has entered this Contest, you are authorized to make representations and warranties, and will be severally liable for any breach of these representations and warranties or other failure to comply with the Official Rules of this Contest.
    • You represent and warrant that your entry and all elements contained therein (“Content”) is original and, to the extent the Content incorporates or includes anything that is owned or controlled by any third party, you have obtained in writing all rights necessary to comply with the Official Rules of this Contest; and, that Content does not violate any copyright, trademark, publicity right, or any other right of any third party.
    • You agree that Content shall be, to the maximum extent eligible, a "work made for hire," under the U.S. Copyright Act, as amended, with all rights therein, including without limitation the exclusive copyright, being the property of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation. Otherwise, if your entry or any element thereof is considered not to be a "work made for hire," you hereby unconditionally and irrevocably transfer to the American Sleep Medicine Foundation all right, title, and interest in the Content (including, without limitation, the copyright) in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, wherever produced or located, including the right to use, copy, distribute, perform, display and to create derivative works of the Content for advertising, trade, other commercial purposes or any other purpose; provided, however, to the extent Content contains third party materials, you have obtained written permission granting American Sleep Medicine Foundation a perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid, freely transferable (with full rights to sublicense) universal, unconditional and irrevocable right and license to copy, distribute, perform, display and to create derivative works from such third party materials for any and all purposes relating to the promotion, marketing, advertising, distribution and/or sales of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation.
    • You represent and warrant that you meet the requirements and qualifications for this Contest, and that you have read these Official Rules and are fully familiar with them.
    • You agree to indemnify, and hold American Sleep Medicine Foundation, its officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents and representatives (“Indemnitees”) harmless from and against any third party claim (including reasonably attorneys’ fees and costs) arising from any use of the Content. You waive (i) any right to publicity, privacy or moral rights relating to the Content or your participation in this Contest, and (ii) any right to inspect or approve uses of the Content or to be compensated for any such uses. To the extent these rights may not be waived legally, you agree not to assert them.
    • By submitting an entry, you grant to the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its affiliated companies the right, except where prohibited by law, to use your name, likeness, picture, voice, biographical information, submission/entry and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing the Contest, American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its mission and services, without compensation unless required by law. You shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, rights of integrity or attribution, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of your name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), e-mail address, biographical information, or entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to American Sleep Medicine Foundation and its affiliated companies and agents with respect to all entrants in the Contest, including the entrant who is selected as the grand prize winner and those entrants who are not selected. American Sleep Medicine Foundation is under no obligation to use the winning entries or any other entry for any purpose.

Past Winner Profiles

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation selected an effects-heavy YouTube video about the benefits of sleep as the grand-prize winner of the first-ever ASMF Sleep Story Video Contest. The video was created by Jasper Lown, a senior at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, located near Chicago. His two-minute video uses creative visuals to provide simple tips to improve sleep habits. His sponsoring teacher was Tim Brylka. Launched in April 2013, the ASMF’s Sleep Story Video Contest issued a nationwide creative challenge to high school filmmakers to tell a sleep story to help shine a light on the effects of sleep problems. The 23 submissions were evaluated by a panel of sleep medicine physicians and researchers and judged based on appropriateness of message, originality, creativity and the overall quality of the video. The first-place prize is $1,000 to be split between the winner and his school. Additional prizes were awarded for the videos submitted by first runner-up Lewie Kloster of Minneapolis, Minn. and second runner-up Brock Dehaven of Princeton, N.J.


Previous contests for high school students involved writing essays about the science of sleep. Below are a few of the past winners:

Date Profile Title Recipient
8/18/2011  Future in review: High School Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest Julia Deutsch
 2/15/2011 The future in focus: High School Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest Elyssa Schlossberg