GET INVOLVED By Getting In Bed
For our challenge you don't need a bucket. You don't even need a bed. Would you run a marathon without training? No. Training starts today. We can change the world without even getting dressed for the day. Pajama party at work! Pajama party at school! Does this website make you look sleepy?
Take a small siesta.
For people suffering from Lyme Disease, fatigue is crippling. Diagnosing Lyme Disease early is key, since the disease is only curable in it's early stage. But what makes it tricky is the lack of accurate blood tests. If you know someone that is suddenly tired all the time, they could have Lyme Disease.
Bed head appreciated.
Take a picture of yourself, during or post nap. Lots of people sleep with retainers, wear yours! Bedhead pics preferred. Napping at work & school is encouraged. Yes, cats are welcome to cuddle up next to you. Be creative. After you are well-rested, donate to #Nap4Lyme foundation $25, $50, $100.
Post a picture of your nap on social media, link to the #nap4lyme video, and challenge your friends and family to take the #Nap4Lyme challenge. Congratulate them all on sticking it to ticks. And remember, if you get a weird rash, feel like you can't kick the flu, or are super tired, see your doctor because you may have Lyme Disease.
Our vision = Your Eyes Closed: Join #Nap4Lyme
What if you couldn't get out of bed -- for weeks or months and even years? The epidemic is getting worse. It is called the "invisible disease" because sufferers are stuck in bed, with fatigue, back pain, headaches, "brain-fog," seizures and depression. If someone gets a bad case of Lyme, they are often forced to quit their jobs or drop out of school. Yes, Lyme can be fatal.
Lyme is the fastest-growing vector-borne disease in America.
Lyme Disease Is Transmitted through a Tick Bite.
Ticks are so tiny, many people with Lyme never even remember a tick bite. Only 50% of sufferers will ever get the Bull's Eye rash. Worse, there are no accurate tests. Many people with active Lyme do not test positive. Statistically, the tests have a false negative rate of 50%. How can you cure a disease if scientists have not yet figured out a way to predictably find it?
One Bite Could Ruin Your Life
The Unlucky People with "Chronic" Lyme
PLTD (Post Lyme Treatment Disease) or Chronic Lyme is a name created to Lyme sufferers that never got cured. According to the International Lyme Society, 40% will have long term health problems. The average lyme patient sees 5 doctors over nearly 2 years before being diagnosed.
T-Shirts, Totes & More
We're reimagining being tired and making lazy cool. Check out our exclusive #nap4lyme gear on Teespring.
Dr. Elena Frid
Board Certified Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist
Dr. Frid has spent most of her career dedicated to Lyme disease. Dr. Frid is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). She is a voting member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), Medical Adviser to Project Lyme - a non for profit organization, Vice President of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association, and a member of the Independent Physicians of New York (IDNY).
Board Member : Nap4Lyme
Emily White has dedicated her career to changing the world, which is why she joined Nap4Lyme. Currently, Emily White is director of philanthropy partnerships at Salesforce.org, she held a similar position at PG&E. For eight years, Emily served as the regional director for community engagement at the Bay Area American Red Cross. Her desire to help the world started in college where Emily spent more than two years as a small business educator with Peace Corps Nicaragua.
Founder : Nap4Lyme
Irene McGee is most known for her stint on MTV's Real World Seattle. It was on the show, McGee relapsed for the first time with Lyme Disease. It was one of the first times Lyme Disease took a national platform. Over 20 years after being diagnosed with Lyme Disease, McGee still has relapses. She created Nap4Lyme to help raise awareness about the horrific impact of Lyme Disease. McGee is a storyteller, comedian, writer and Lyme advocate.
The Team Behind the Ticks
Our multi-specied team combines real-life nature experience with passion, creativity, and a love for galavanting in the woods. From rural back roads to suburbs across America, our team is committed to spreading the bacteria from insect to dogs, to deers and humans. With new advocates like the mouse, Lyme could be coming to a city near you soon!
They Call Me the Tick Train
Edward Peterson IIIVXX
Chief BS (Blood Sucker)/Deer Tick
For fun, I like to make things go viral.
Dr. Lucy Flower Rosen
Double Doodle/Lyme Advocate
Not photogenic, but very energetic.