Legislative Candidate Sleep Awareness Survey

Studies have shown that the amount of sleep we get affects our health, life-expectancy, and safety. People who get less than 8 hours of sleep each night do not perform as well on the job, have more accidents, and miss more days of work due to illness. Driving without enough sleep can be more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol. As a prospective legislator, your views on sleep are important to the health and well being of the citizens you aspire to represent.

Check which principles you support (if any) concerning sleep.
__ (a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide sleeping facilities for their employees.
__ (b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic sleeping facilities through managed sleep programs, insurance reforms, or state-funded sleeping quarters where necessary.
__ (c) Transfer more Medicaid recipients into managed sleep programs.
__ (d) Use state funds to provide sleeping facilities for legal immigrants.
__ (e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in lawsuits against manufacturers of sleeping equipment.
__ (f) Guaranteeing 8 hours of sleep per day is a state responsibility rather than a federal responsibility.
__ (g) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when sleep regulations limit the use or lower the value of their property.
__ (h) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of sleep-depriving products and substances such as caffeine.
__ (i) The state should set a mandatory minimum bedtimes for all citizens and legal aliens.
__ (j) The state should allow citizens and legal aliens to choose their own bedtimes as long as they can prove they have gotten at least 8 hours of sleep every day.

Citizens and legal aliens should be required by law to get 8 hours of sleep per day until the age of:
__ (k) 18 years
__ (l) 21 years
__ (m) Other________________________________________________________________________
__ (n) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal sleep regulations.
__ (o) Support contracting with private sector firms to build or manage state sleeping facilities.
__ (p) Implement penalties other than incarceration for non-violent insomniacs.
__ (q) Inform the residents when a convicted insomniac moves into a community.
__ (r) Increase state funds for programs that rehabilitate and educate insomniacs during and after their prison sentences.
__ (s) Raise the limit defining drowsy driving to 8 hours of sleep within the previous 24-hour period.
__ (t) Increase state funds to provide sleeping facilities to children in low-income working families.
__ (u) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sleep-related crimes.
__ (v) Juveniles who commit sleep-related crimes should be prosecuted as adults.
__ (w) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed sleeping regulations before they are implemented.
__ (x) Provide low-interest loans and tax incentives for starting or expanding sleep-enhancing businesses.
__ (y) Support sleep education programs that stress abstinence from caffeine.
__ (z) Support free distribution of sleeping pills to teenage school children.

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________
Office Sought and District: _______________________________________________________________
Party Affiliation: ______________________________________________________________________
Signature and Date: ____________________________________________________________________

Return your completed survey to:
Legislative Candidate Sleep Awareness Survey, 4570-302 Tournament Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

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