About American Sleep Apnea Association
The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) is a non-profit, health service organization dedicated to reducing injuries, disabilities, and potentially life-threatening complications that may be caused by sleep apnea, a condition characterized by breathing difficulties while sleeping. Sleep apnea may occur during childhood or adulthood, may be genetic, and may occur due to, or in association with, a number of different underlying disorders. Established in 1990, the Association works to improve the well being of affected individuals and family members; promotes early diagnosis and appropriate treatment; and supports basic research into the causes and treatments of the disorder. It also fosters a nationwide ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network, a network of self-help groups that provide additional information and support to individuals affected by sleep apnea. The American Sleep Apnea Association provides educational materials including videotape, brochures, a regular newsletter, and guidelines to help individuals start local support groups.