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American Sleep Association to make membership free to all
Fri, Oct 5 2007

In an attempt to increase awareness about sleep disorders and sleep health in the nation, the American Sleep Association has decided to offer all services at no charge to all individuals who register online.

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 association 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.

The association's 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 association launched a sleep abstract search tool that includes over 20,000 abstracts in sleep medicine and research.
 

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