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National Sleep Foundation Statement on Anti-Asian Discrimination and Violence

National Sleep Foundation Statement on Anti-Asian Discrimination and Violence


Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2021): The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reaffirms the principles in our previous statement about equality and the need for change. NSF further believes acts of racism, hate, and violence negatively impact sleep health and threaten overall public health and safety.

NSF stands by the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community which includes valued members of our staff and Board of Directors, families, friends and colleagues. We are deeply saddened by the recent killings of eight people in Georgia, including six Asian women, and denounce the rise in anti-Asian discrimination and hate incidents over the past year. NSF will never accept beliefs or behaviors that foster racism, fuel hate, risk public safety, or restrict equal opportunities for everyone to thrive.    

Through our journal Sleep Health and other outreach, we will continue to educate about the negative effects of racism and violence on sleep health and well-being. We will align with leading organizations and public stakeholders who share our dedication to health and safety.

NSF’s values demand that our service to the public reflects respect and equality. Further we are committed to continue learning and doing even more to be an effective leader in public sleep health. We are charged to do our part to translate science and knowledge into advocacy and action that can bring change.


About the National Sleep Foundation

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the NSF is committed to advancing excellence in sleep health theory, research and practice.