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Our mission is to build a community to educate, empower, and support people fighting sleepiness from idiopathic hypersomnia and related sleep disorders

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If you know someone with a hypersomnia sleep disorder, or have one yourself, we’re glad you found us! We invite you to be part of our mission by making a donation today. 

We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the leading patient advocacy group for people with idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) and related sleep disorders.

Ways to Give

PayPal / Credit Card

Donate with PayPal Giving. No fees and no recurring donations (but you must have a PayPal account).

Donate with PayPal, which allows automatic recurring donations. You can make your gift to the Hypersomnia Foundation with a credit card here, even if you don’t have a PayPal account. Processing fees are 2.2% plus 30 cents per transaction.

Checks and online banking

We gladly accept donations by check, and you can generally set up automatic recurring payments through your online banking site. Contact your bank for more details.

Please make all checks payable to the Hypersomnia Foundation and mail to:
Hypersomnia Foundation
4514 Chamblee Dunwoody Road #229
Atlanta, GA 30338

Facebook (credit card)

If you’re on Facebook, you can donate there with a credit card or PayPal. U.S. fees are 1.99% + $0.49. Just click the blue Donate button on our Facebook page.  

GlobalGiving (credit card)

Donate with GlobalGiving, which allows automatic recurring donations. You can make your gift to the Hypersomnia Foundation using a credit card, debit card, check, PayPal, Apple Pay, bank wire transfer, stock transfers, or private equity shares. Processing fees are 5-7% plus a 3% third-party fee per transaction.

Gift stock

We gladly accept donations in the form of stock transfers. For more information on this process, please contact us directly.

Matching donations

Many employers will match employees’ donations to 501(c)(3) organizations like ours. When you donate, please ask your company if they have a matching program to make your donation go even further! (If your company does not have a matching program, please consider donating through one of the above routes in order to avoid fees. For example, Benevity charges an 8% processing fee, which reduces the amount of your donation that we actually receive.)

“I know someone who has IH and I want to help, but I don’t really understand what IH is!”

Most people are familiar with insomniaproblems going to sleep or staying asleep. In contrast, people with idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) struggle to wake up and struggle to stay awake throughout the day—even though they may have slept well the night before. 

Think back to a time when you felt very tired or sleepy during the day. You probably had trouble focusing on tasks and your “to do” list. Chances are, you eventually napped or got a full night’s sleep—what a relief! But imagine if there was no relief. And then imagine you had trouble waking every morning, and then had to fight to stay awake all day, every day—and a nap or a full night’s sleep didn’t make you feel any better. It would be like having terrible jet lag that never went away.

It’s not hard to see how that persistent, overwhelming need to sleep would almost certainly affect your ability to study, hold down a job, raise a child, and maintain relationships with friends and family. Sleeping Beauty may have been a dreamy fairy tale, but having IH is more like a nightmare.

Idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) is a chronic (long-lasting) neurologic disorder. People with IH are usually treated with medicines approved for narcolepsy—a related sleep disorder—with varying levels of success. These medicines can help, but they do not solve the struggle to stay awake. For some people they don’t help at all, and others develop a tolerance to the medicines over time.

NOTE: There are several forms of hypersomnias—in addition to IH, there are narcolepsy types 1 and 2, Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS), and hypersomnias related to certain other conditions. 

Your donations go further… Learn more…

Most of us donate to causes that have the greatest meaning for us personally. If you have or know someone with a rare disorder, donating to a related patient advocacy group is absolutely essential for raising awareness and promoting research. (A rare disorder means a very small pool of donors, which means EVERY donation has much more impact!)

We do not have an office, and we have just a small staff. What also have a team of dedicated, hard-working volunteers, motivated to make a difference in the lives of people who have IH and related sleep disorders. Everyone on our Board is also a regular donor. See more about what we do and how our donations are spent in our annual reports.