National Sleep Out
March 10-11, 2017
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 2016 National Sleep Out. When you go to bed on March 11, sleep out of bed and then share your experience using the power of social media!
What is a Sleep Out?
A Sleep Out is when an individual or group sleeps out of bed rather than in bed. While sleeping on a sofa or futon is technically considered sleeping out, we recommend sleeping on the floor to make the most of your experience.
Sleeping out is a physical reminder of the importance of a bed as well as a way to raise awareness about the problem of bedlessness.
Who Can Sleep Out?
Anyone who is up for the challenge can sleep out. Adults, youth, and even children!
When adults first hear about the idea of a sleep out, they usually cringe. "I won't sleep well, and I'll probably wake up with a sore back." Yes, exactly! No one should have to sleep on the floor. By giving up your bed for one night and sleeping on the floor, you can speak firsthand about what it's like and help raise awareness about the problem.
A Sleep Out is a great service project for children and youth. It teaches everything from the importance of sleep to the effects of poverty. For more information, go our Sleep Out for Kids page.
When Can I Sleep Out?
You can sleep out anytime! But for the biggest impact, we recommend recruiting others and sleeping out on the same night.
Once each year, during National Sleep Awareness Week, we hold a National Sleep Out. If you want to take part in the 2016 National Sleep Out, sleep out on March 11-12, 2016.
How Do I Get Started?
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...
Set a date for your Sleep Out. (If you want to join the National Sleep Out, sleep out on March 11-12, 2016.)
Spread the word and recruit others to sleep out on the same night. Feel free to get creative!
Sleep outs are a great family activity. They can be incorporated into any child sleepover party. They also make great service projects for students from gradeschool through college.
Post and tweet about your experience using social media. Spread awareness and rally support however you can!