American Sleep Association Makes Membership Free
October 07, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsThe American Sleep Association (ASA) has announced that it will be offering membership at no charge to all individuals who register online. In an attempt to increase awareness about sleep disorders and sleep health in the nation, the ASA has decided to offer all services at no charge to the general public.
The American Sleep Association was formed in 2002 by sleep physicians and scientists who recognized that the majority of individuals with potentially deadly sleep disorders, like obstructive sleep apnea, were undiagnosed and untreated. Over the past five years, the ASA has grown to a membership base of over 2000 members and 350 sleep laboratories.
There are over 50 described sleep disorders. Sleep apnea effects over 5% of the adult population and 1% of children. Most individuals experience insomnia at some point in their lives. Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder are also fairly prevalent.
In 2007, the ASA launched www.SleepAssociation.org. The web site offers a comprehensive repository of information about sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, and parasomnias. Members are able to share information in the live chat rooms and forum boards. A monthly 'Ask the Sleep Doctor' session allows the general public to ask candid question to a board-certified sleep physician. Online support groups for sleep apnea and insomnia are available to patients who don't have access to local support groups. All services have been made free to members in order to promote sleep education and sleep disorder awareness.
This month, the ASA launched a sleep abstract search tool that includes over 20,000 abstracts in sleep medicine and research. A sample of some of the abstract listings can be viewed at:
The ASA has announced plans for the following national events: Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, Insomnia Awareness Week, Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Awareness Week, Narcolepsy Awareness Week, Sleep Driving Awareness Day, and Sleep Disorder Awareness Week. Dates for these events can be found at the ASA web site, http://www.sleepassociation.org/
The American Sleep Association (ASA) is a national organization focused on improving public awareness about sleep disorders and sleep health, promoting sleep medicine research, and providing a portal for communication between patients, physicians/healthcare professionals and scientists. The ASA is a member-driven public service project that depends on volunteer efforts.