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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Sleep Disorders and Vision Loss:  Do You Have Non-24 Hour?

Thursday, April 28 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Second Sense
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60601

Trouble sleeping? Waking up or falling asleep at strange hours? You might have Non-24.

Non-24 Hour: Taking Control of Your Sleep Cycle and Getting the Rest You Need

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Join us for Non-24, an educational program bringing awareness to those experiencing sleep disorders caused by total blindness.

Many who live without a clear demarcation between day and night sometimes experience trouble sleeping naturally. Without the light clues that come with sight, our circadian rhythm can be thrown out of its natural sleep cycle. Up to 70% of those with total blindness might have non-24 without even knowing it.

This educational program will help you better understand circadian rhythms, the human sleep cycle and the disorders to this cycle that come with living without clear divisions between day and night.

We welcome two experts in the field of Non-24 Hour. Dr. Melissa Olivadoti is an expert in neuroscience, circadian rhythms and virology. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California. Now she works as Medical Science Liaison with Vanda Pharmaceuticals. Randy Meyer, non-24 ambassador, has lived with non-24 for much of his life, and now has it under control. He works as a financial planner and is Mayor of the city of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Dr. Olivadoti and Mr. Meyer, provide a wealth of information on managing this condition including:

  • tips, tools and resources, such as information sheets you can print out and give to doctors;
  • ways to approach and talk with doctors who are not familiar with the disorder;
  • ways to sleep at the right times and to take control of the sleep cycle;
  • education about Non-24 support programs; and
  • how Non-24 affects not only you but the people around you.

To join us for this informative workshop, contact Polly Abbott by email or call 312-236-8569.