8. Aug, 2016

How does the IDIOPATHIC HYPERSOMNIA AWARENESS WEEK® Logo represent Idiopathic Hypersomnia?

That wavy line means more than you might think!

While there may not yet be any biomarkers or other clinical tests that can confirm Idiopathic Hypersomnia various research over the years shows that patients with Idiopathic Hypersomnia, particularly Polysymptomatic Hypersomnia typically have more “slow wave sleep” (also referred to as “deep sleep”) than the average person. Delta waves, like other brain waves, are recorded by EEG during an overnight sleep study (polysomnogram). Delta waves are usually associated with the deep sleep experienced during stage 3 of NREM sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep (SWS). In the image above is an example of what delta waves look like during Slow Wave Sleep (stage 3).

I guess you can see now how we came up with the image in our logo but did you notice that the shape of our “delta waves” depicts a horizontal face? The IDIOPATHIC HYPERSOMNIA AWARENESS WEEK® logo represents Idiopathic Hypersomnia in two ways. The delta waves represent the typical increased slow wave sleep experienced by patients with Idiopathic Hypersomnia and the horizontal sleeping face is representative of the people with Idiopathic Hypersomnia. Talinka Hill is the graphic designer responsible for the IDIOPATHIC HYPERSOMNIA AWARENESS WEEK® logo. We are extremely grateful to Talinka for volunteering her time and talent to this project. Talinka is the first designer we have worked with that “got” Idiopathic Hypersomnia which is quite amazing considering she had no prior connection. While the delta waves were our idea it was Talinka’s idea to transform them into the sleeping face to represent the people with Idiopathic Hypersomnia.