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What can you do to help raise awareness?

*this post is updated every year with relevant information

The Worldwide Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week® (IHAW) is an annual worldwide initiative started and hosted by Hypersomnolence Australia. It is held every year in the first full week of September to promote and raise awareness of the sleep/wake disorder Idiopathic Hypersomnia. We have seen the IHAW steadily grow since it began in 2013. Its success shows us that the IHAW is a very important and much needed event for the Idiopathic Hypersomnia community. But we can not do this alone. Raising awareness of Idiopathic Hypersomnia takes a village.

What can you do to help raise awareness? We have created a poster template for the IHAW2022 that you can customise via Canva. Go to the IHAW page for details on how you can do this!

1. Download a sign, take a photo of yourself holding it and share it on social media with the hashtags #LivingwithIH #livingwithidiopathichypersomnia *you can share these posters without having to take a photo of yourself with it. 2. Stories and perspectives by people living with IH are powerful awareness raising tools. Share your story with your local media and online platforms. You can also share your stories and perspectives with us. We are interested in all forms of expression, from written to visually creative work so if you would like to share your story or you are into photography, design, drawing, painting etc and have something that you have done that reflects your experience with Idiopathic Hypersomnia we would love to share it. Send us an email at

3. Not comfortable sharing your story? There are some really relatable and powerful stories on our Living with IH webpage that you are encouraged to share.

4. Share the Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week® posters. Click here to find posters you can share. Also check out the Living with IH page. 5. Change your profile picture and cover photo. Go to the IHAW Facebook page for images to use or the IHAW webpage. 6. Help educate and raise awareness. Share the Hypersomnolence Australia (HA) and Hypersomnia Foundation Idiopathic Hypersomnia Trifold Brochures. You can also view and download a Factsheet style pdf here. If you would like a hard copy or perhaps several copies of HA's brochure for your doctor please contact us. We are happy to send them out for free. 7. Buy a IHAW TShirt, take a photo of yourself wearing it and share it during the IHAW. This is a great way to raise awareness! TShirts are available from the HA Store. We can custom order TShirts for people living outside of Australia. If you are interested email us at