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Finding a Sleep Apnea Support Group In Your Area

If you suffer from sleep apnea or other sleeping disorders, you are not alone, and luckily there are many sleep apnea support groups out there where you can connect and share your stories with people in a similar situation to yourself.



Many people find that simply discussing their disorder with other like individuals in their support group is a great way to get over the stigma and to help find answers and new solutions for helping to cure or at least lessen the severity of their disorder.

Where to Find a Sleep Apnea Support Group?

Many people are looking for help and new ideas to help deal with their sleeping disorder, but simply do not know where to turn. If you are searching for a sleep apnea support group, the first place you should probably look is online. Still, it is not always easy to find what you are looking for online, so we have gathered what we think are the overall best sleeping disorder support groups: they are listed below.

The A.W.A.K.E. Network

sleep apnea support groupThe A.W.A.K.E. Network is the main sleep apnea support group in North America. It is funded by the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), and organizes sleep apnea support groups in 47 U.S. states, as well as several Canadian provinces. 

The ASAA is a nonprofit organization that promotes sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, and the A.W.A.K.E. Network is one of the main parts of their educational attempts. 

A.W.A.K.E. stands for “alert, well, and keeping energetic”, and they sponsor hundreds of different support groups all around North America. Most likely, you will be able to find one close to you. If there isn’t a support group near you, then A.W.A.K.E. gives you the ability to try and start up your own group in your area. 

If you don’t want to consider this option, then A.W.A.K.E. also sponsors a virtual support group, and also has their own sleep apnea support forum so you can at least connect with other sleep apnea sufferers online. 

What You Can Expect from an A.W.A.K.E. Support Group Meeting

sleep apnea support groupIf you find an A.W.A.K.E. group in your area and are thinking about attending a meeting, you can expect to learn a great deal about sleep apnea from the many discussions. 

You’ll be given advice and tips on different treatment options including CPAP, sleep apnea dentistry including oral appliances, and even surgery for sleep apnea, plus hear the latest research news, and even hear legal advice for those struggling with employment or insurance problems due to their sleeping disorder. 

Many meetings also include guest speakers, and are overall a great way to learn how to best deal with your sleep apnea. Of course, the meetings are open to anyone, so even if you haven’t been diagnosed with sleep apnea or haven’t yet started treatment, you might still want to attend just to see what you can learn.

 

These meetings focus on helping people to not feel so isolated or alone in their sleep apnea struggles, and are organized and run by a dedicated team of volunteers and health professionals. It is a great place to share the stories of your struggle and learn how best to educate your family and loved ones about the real factors involved with your condition. 

 

If you truly want to make a difference and help other sleep apnea sufferers, then you should consider becoming an A.W.A.K.E. volunteer. As a volunteer, you can help plan support meetings, recruit new members, and generally provide any and all necessary help to sleep apnea sufferers just like yourself. 

Most volunteers find this to be a wholly rewarding use of their time, as it allows you to feel like you are really helping people who need more information to deal with their disorder.

You can find out more about the A.W.A.K.E. Network on their website, or you can search for A.W.A.K.E. support groups in your area here.

Finding An Online Sleep Apnea Support Group

sleep apnea support groupIf you are looking for other online venues to discuss your disorder, then there are quite a few good online support forums where you can find more news and information. One of the best ways to find more information on sleep apnea and other sleeping disorder support groups is from the American Sleep Association (ASA). 

The ASA is another non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating people about healthy sleeping habits, as well as providing information, support, and advocacy for those who suffer from almost every type of sleeping disorder. 

They have information on treatment options and provide funding to a whole host of different support groups around the U.S. Overall, this is one of the best places to stay informed about new developments concerning your specific sleeping disorder.

Other Sleeping Disorder Support Groups

  • Restless Legs Syndrome Support Groups

For those who struggle with the problems of restless leg syndrome, there is help for you in the form of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation and their network of support groups. The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing more information for those suffering from this syndrome, as well as funding research into a cure for this disorder.

  • Narcolepsy Support Groups

If you suffer from narcolepsy, then the Narcolepsy Network wants to help you get the best information possible on how to deal with your sleeping disorder. The Narcolepsy Network is a national organization providing support and information to people with narcolepsy.

If you are a teenager struggling with narcolepsy, or a parent of a child with the disorder, then there is also Young Americans with Narcolepsy or Y.A.W.N. They provide help with such things as patient advocacy and support to children and teenagers.

  • Daily Strength Sleeping Disorder Support Groups

The Daily Strength is an online support website that has support groups for almost every sleeping disorder, so if you have a disorder that hasn’t been discussed, you should consider checking them out here.


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