“Fire Paramedic 33, what is the address of your emergency?”
Solve a real-life medical mystery
Sleep Mystery starts with the 911 call as it arrives to the dispatch center. A 50-year-old man was found in his bedroom not breathing. Paramedics are sent to the home, and the mystery begins.
This highly innovative game
- combines the topics of substance abuse and sleep: student drug use and inadequate sleep are highly correlated
- presents a compelling story that engages students immediately
- imparts lasting lessons on personal and community health through participation in hands-on, intense, real-world scenarios
- helps students see the role they personally play in forming their own health habits that impact chronic and acute disease
- allows students to play several roles from homicide detectives to medical subspecialists
- uses STEM tools to solve the mystery, using actual clinical and forensic data.
Sleep is becoming a public health crisis
- Adolescents are chronically sleep deprived: 70% sleep less than the required 9 hours.
- Inadequate sleep impairs academic performance: high schools that have shifted their start times later in the morning have seen grades and test scores go up.
- Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving: high schools with later start times have reduced traffic fatalities.
- Long-term health consequences: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, mental disorders, and cancer are all linked to inadequate sleep or poor sleep quality.
Prescription drug abuse is rising