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'AWAKE' 🛌💤😪 is a short film by Shift.ms that explores the interplay between Multiple Sclerosis, sleep and mental health. It is an experimental documentary film that unfolds over one night. Voices from real late-night phone calls are woven together to reflect on life and death from the unique perspective of those experiencing both insomnia and a neurological disease.

Lack of sleep can have a serious impact on people living with MS. Insomnia can heighten symptoms and have a negative impact on MSers quality of life 🛌💤😪 Shift.ms research found that  85% of MSers experience insomnia and 75% of these MSers believe that it has some impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

Do you experience insomnia? What goes through your mind when you're lying awake in bed? Do you have any tips for coping with sleeplessness? Share on the Shift.ms forum.

'Awake' was directed by Matan Rochlitz (https://www.matan-rochlitz.net/). Matan is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated filmmaker. Born and raised in Rome he trained as a video journalist, making films for political, environmental and science strands for Al-Jazeera, Channel 4 and the BBC before becoming an independent filmmaker. His most recent credits include the Emmy-nominated “I have a message for you” and “The Runners”

If you've been affected by the issues in this film and need help contact your local service here: https://www.befrienders.org/