Sleep Apnea Awareness Week 2015 Begins October 1 – American Sleep Association

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American Sleep Association is preparing for its annual Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, an international campaign focused on increasing public awareness about the potentially deadly sleep disorder.

American Sleep Association is preparing for its annual Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, an international campaign focused on increasing public awareness about the potentially deadly sleep disorder. The event will occur during the week of October 1 - 7, 2015.

Affiliates and members of the American Sleep Association (ASA) from multiple sites will participate in the event. ASA volunteer members in several U.S. states and international locations will be available to the media. Affiliated sleep disorder treatment centers will discuss topics relating to sleep apnea. The ASA website will present important information on the signs, symptoms, risks, and treatment options of obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of pauses in breathing caused by a temporary obstruction of the airway. Over 5% of adults suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. About 1% of children are affected. Most individuals affected by the disorder are still not diagnosed. ASA representatives state, "Patients with undiagnosed sleep apnea have an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, motor vehicle accidents, and deadly heart rhythms."

If sleep apnea is suspected, signs and symptoms should be discussed with the individual’s physician. A sleep study is used to make the diagnosis. This can be done in a sleep center or by https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep-study sleep study or home sleep test.

Treatment options for the disorder include CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), weight loss, oral appliance device, and oral airway surgery.

Treated individuals often feel more alert and refreshed, and reduce the complications of obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Sleep Association (ASA) is a national organization committed to improving public awareness about sleep disorders and sleep health, promoting sleep medicine research, and providing a portal for communication between patients, physicians/healthcare professionals, corporations, and scientists. The ASA is a member-driven public service organization.

Through affiliate relationships, ASA offers access to sleep apnea oral appliance mouthpieces and mouth guards https://www.sleepassociation.org/fda-oral-appliance-sleep-apnea-snoring/ , snoring snore guards, and stop snoring mouthpieces https://www.sleepassociation.org/stop-snoring-mouthpiece-asa-anti-snoring-mouth-guard/, mattresses https://www.sleepassociation.org/mattresses/, and CPAP, CPAP supplies https://www.sleepassociation.org/cpap/.

For more information on the signs, symptoms, treatment options, and affiliates of Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, visit American Sleep Association.

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