The ASAA tries to achieve these goals in a
variety of ways, including educating
people about the disorder and
the different ways of combating it, as well setting up sleep
apnea support groups, serving
as an advocate for those with sleep apnea, and working with health care
professionals to try and reach those who have yet to be diagnosed, to
let them know that help is out there.
of the ASAA
ASAA is based in Washington, D.C., and was founded back in 1990.
The organization was actually started
by individuals with sleep apnea,
as well as researchers and health care professionals with an active
interest in the condition.
Educational Programs and Measures
main way that the ASAA informs people
about sleep apnea is through the ASAA
website, but it uses other media as well, such as pamphlets
and brochures. On their website you can
find loads of information: not only on sleep apnea, but also on healthy
sleeping habits, other sleeping disorders, available treatment options,
and even personal stories from actual sleep apnea sufferers.
parents who have children
diagnosed with sleep apnea
or another sleeping disorder, it can be a very scary situation.
ASAA is there to provide parents with all of the information they need
in order to deal with their child’s disorder.
and Sleep Apnea Testing
of the American Sleep Apnea Association’s main missions is to help
provide information to individuals who may have sleep apnea. Their goal
is to try and diagnose those who have the disorder, but have never been
properly diagnosed so that they can get the help they need.
website is full of information on testing, as are the ASAA bulletins
and newsletters. They also provide a self-diagnostic test for
who feels they may have sleep apnea.
ASAA in Print
one of the main ways that the ASAA tries to get their message
out about the dangers of sleep apnea and what people can do about it is
through their newsletters
and bulletins. Their newsletter, entitled
contains new research and studies on sleep apnea, as well
as information about the organization itself and other groups they
those who are interested in learning more about the
ASAA, the current version and previous versions of Wake-Up Call can be
downloaded directly from the ASAA website.
Apnea Advocacy Programs and Campaigns
ASAA Legislative Action
Center was the ASAA’s main arm for sleep
apnea advocacy, which helps sleep apnea sufferers with the real life
problems that they encounter due to their disorder. However, in the
past few years the ASAA had to scale back their sleep apnea advocacy
services before finally having to shut down the Legislative Action
Center indefinitely due to a lack of funding.
organization hopes to
eventually raise enough donations so that they can
re-open this valuable sleep apnea advocacy tool in the future.
they still have other advocacy programs and information for those who
may be discriminated against for having sleep apnea.
The ASAA provides
information and advice for those who may have been turned down for health insurance,
or who have to pay high
premiums due to their condition. In addition, the ASAA
provides information for employers on the costs of undiagnosed
and untreated sleep apnea and how it can affect their
strongly encourage employers to have
open discussions with their employees about their sleeping habits so
that those suffering from sleep apnea can be diagnosed and begin to be
treated. Also, they provide information to share with employees about
healthy sleeping habits and how they can help employees to be more
productive at work.
ASAA also provides statements on certain problems associated with
sleep apnea, such as sleep
apnea and driving. Generally, the ASAA
acknowledges the risks associated with a lack of sleep and driving,
however they are completely against some state’s laws which limit the
driving hours for individuals suffering from sleep apnea and other
is why the ASAA has been working closely with
and state agencies, traffic safety organizations, and
health care professionals to try and understand better the link between
sleeping disorders and driving.
is their hope that in cooperation
with these other groups, they can finally come up with a comprehensive
study regarding this link that new, more precise laws can
be based on.
issue that the ASAA takes a strong stance on is sleep apnea and
the use of anaesthiology
due to the increased risk of breathing
complications. These risks have been proved by various research studies
over time, but the main problem is that most cases of sleep apnea
is why the ASAA believes that doctors and
surgeons need to ask
their patients for more information about their
sleeping habits in order to try and avoid these risks. One of the major
problems is with general anaesthesia used for surgeries which do not
require a hospital stay because the patients may possibly
before it can be determined whether the anaesthesia will have the
effect of worsening the obstructions of the airways.
American Sleep Apnea Association’s A.W.A.K.E. Network
ASAA is one of the major sponsors of the A.W.A.K.E. Network,
is an organization that organizes sleep apnea support groups all across
the United States. A.W.A.K.E., which stands for ‘alert, well, and
keeping energetic,’ provides help, information, and support for people
in 47 different states, and this is made possible in part
by the ASAA.
These support group meetings are one of the best ways to stay up to
date on new research and treatments options for sleep apnea.
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