“To Sleep or Not To Sleep” Project


“To sleep or not to sleep?” is a Marionet project, born at the Laboratory of Unknowing, in partnership with the Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra (CNC) and the Portuguese Sleep Association, which seeks to artistically address the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) and as its causes and consequences. This is a disease due to the difficulty of diagnosis and problems still known, in good diagnostic difficulty. It is estimated at 8090% of unsaved cases of OSAS in Portugal.

Despite the social third of sleep, one of our lives is spent sleeping, performing these essential functions for our survival. According to the Portuguese Sleep Association, 20% have difficulty sleeping and sleeping longer. The common Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is one of the disorders that, according to the WHO, affects about 100 million people worldwide. Aging is one of the risk factors for the development of OSAS. Knowing that in 4th place it cannot be ranked 4th in the aging index (more than 158 elderly people for every 100 young people), everything can point to an OSA being a place that does not have a future impact on an important social challenge. In the long term, and untreated, OSAS contributes to the development of various diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression and neurodegenerative diseases.
The intention is to increase knowledge and public visibility to increase knowledge and public visibility for the topic through the creation and presentation of a show built from clinical and technical data, ours as well as the testimonies of patients, family members, doctors. and health that interact with sleep disorders and with OSAS in particular.

In addition to the level of awareness of people and health professionals for this well-known known, the best of our action plan that to a universe of comprehensive impact of people, will also contribute at the same time to a characterization of the life of the disease and its impact Social.

Along with the reflection already developed within the scope of the Laboratory of Unknowing, the scientific research on the subject taking place at the CNC, in the project “Early detection of sleep apnea a new strategy to delay aging” has been central in the preparation and development of this project.

Initially scheduled for 2021, as constraints imposed on cultural activity by the COVID-19 pandemic, forced the premiere of the show to be postponed to the quarter of 2022. First, the preparation and pre-production work of the project is already underway. , having already done a number of interviews.