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Spotlight on Sleep

How You Can Be Your Own Health Advocate

The public health burden of chronic sleep loss and sleep disorders is taking a toll on society. From lost productivity to life-threatening diseases, the effect of sleep disorders runs deep, costing more than $150 billion each year from sleep apnea alone, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

And with up to 70 million Americans suffering from sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome, patients deserve access to care. It’s time to build a voice for sleep.

That’s why at the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep, a patient-focused membership organization made up of health care providers and patients with sleep disorders, we are taking steps to improve awareness of sleep disorders and further educate Americans about the need for healthy sleep.

The fragmented health care market makes it difficult to channel resources back to patients and the medical system. Our goal is to unite those affected by a sleep disorder and advocate on their behalf so that sleep disorders become recognized as a mainstream health issue.

The American Alliance for Healthy Sleep is a national sleep advocacy organization that engages patients through advocacy, education and support. It provides a unique opportunity for patients and providers to be part of a collaborative discussion and further the success of the sleep disorders community as a whole.

By advocating for increased and improved care for patients, we can start to shift the paradigm and rally for greater research funding to improve the understanding and treatment of sleep disorders.

If you are suffering from a sleep disorder, or are a member of the medical community who wants to make a difference for individuals suffering from sleep problems nationwide, become a member of the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep.

Membership is open to patients who have a sleep disorder, family members of patients, health care providers and other individuals who are interested in promoting healthy sleep. Member dues are only $25 for two years; however, now through October 15, 2018, dues are waived with the completion of American Alliance for Healthy Sleep’s “Access to Care” survey. To learn more or to become a member, visit sleepallies.org.  

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