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Gov. Kate Brown declares first 'Suddenly Sleepy Saturday'

A Springfield man played a role in Gov. Brown proclaiming March 12 as the first "Suddenly Sleepy Saturday." Photo by Megan Shinn

EUGENE, Ore - A Springfield man was a driving force who helped convince Gov. Kate Brown to proclaim March 12 the first "Suddenly Sleepy Saturday" in Oregon.

"Suddenly Sleepy Saturday" is the day before Americans turn their clocks ahead one hour for daylight savings time.

Generally, it's a time when even those who do not have narcolepsy may experience sudden sleepiness or daytime drowsiness. However, for those with narcolepsy, these symptoms occur every day.

The day raises awareness for the sleep disorder which affects one in every 2,000 people in the United States.

Andre Royal Sr. of Springfield requested the proclamation.

"The more people talk about it, the more people recognize it, the more people won't suffer alone. One of the campaigns they have is 'Narcolepsy Not Alone.' And that's the overall message," Royal said.

Royal collaborated with Narcolepsy Network, a nationwide organization supporting people with narcolepsy and raising awareness.

"Suddenly Sleepy Saturday" promotes research for the neurological sleep disorder.

More information is available here: http://narcolepsynetwork.org/

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