Current Legislation


Find current federal or state legislation on your sleep topic of interest, including access to care, research, telemedicine, drowsy driving and other sleep-related issues.

FEATURED FEDERAL LEGISLATION

H.Res 46 - Recognizing the increased risk of sleep apnea among soldiers returning from active duty and the benefits of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in soldiers suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Sponsor:     Representative Sam Graves [R-MO]
Status:        Introduced in the House
Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel


Summary:  A large percentage of soldiers returning from active duty are diagnosed with OSA; soldiers are 4 times more likely to develop sleep apnea than civilians.  Studies have shown that veterans suffering from PTSD report fewer nightmares and insufficient sleep when being treated with CPAP.  This resolution seeks to increase public awareness of sleep apnea, encourage soldiers and veterans to maintain healthy sleep and support access to care for soldiers and veterans with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.

How does this affect AAHS members?
The AAHS seeks to improve awareness for healthy sleep with all Americans, including soldiers and veterans who can benefit from improved sleep practices.  The AAHS is also dedicated to improving access to care for individuals with sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea.

How to express support for this bill
If your
representative is a part of the committee/subcommittees, ask them to co-sponsor the bill:  House of Representatives Template Letter

If your representative is not a part of the committee/subcommittees, contact them to express your support: House of Representatives Template Letter

FEATURED STATE LEGISLATION

California Senate Bill 328 - Pupil attendance; school start times. 
Sponsor:          Senator Anthony Portantino
Status:             Introduced in Senate

Summary:       California middle and high schools would start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

 

How does this affect AAHS members? As teens enter adolescence, their internal circadian rhythm shifts to naturally favor later sleep times (typically 11 pm) and subsequent wake times (7:30 a.m. or later) resulting in circadian rhythms at odds with the current school mandated start times of many schools.  This results in chronic sleep loss for teenagers, which can result in poor outcomes for students.

How to express support for this bill
If you live in California, ask your California state senator to support this bill: Template Letter

If you have any questions regarding legislation or advocacy activities, please contact advocacy@sleepallies.org.