There are many misperceptions about idiopathic hypersomnia. This combined with inappropriate testing methods has resulted in idiopathic hypersomnia being one of the most misdiagnosed of all neurological sleep disorders. The impact of this as well as the patients that continue to go undiagnosed for these same reasons is immeasurable. Further research is desperately needed in all areas, ie: etiology, epidemiology, the genetic aspects of the disease and to identify biomarkers that will lead to better more appropriate diagnostic tools. The theme of Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week ® 2017 is “Research”

#ResearchChangesLives    #IHAW2017

More information will be added to this page as we progress through the planning stages of the awareness week so make sure you check back here from time to time.  

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For more information in general about the Awareness Week check out our Events/Awareness Week Page


This is our last years cover as a reference.

All you need to do to begin with is send us a mock up of your design in a Facebook cover size. 

Once we have decided on the artwork that best reflects our theme (this year it is "Research") we would ask the winning designer to supply us with a template of the design in A4, Facebook and Twitter post sizes ready for us to use ie: just the artwork without text on it so that we can make posters/memes etc.

If you have any questions you can email us at