How Can I Get Involved?
We need volunteers who can help with:
- fund-raising and grant writing from any location,
- or administrative tasks at our office in Washington, DC.
Develop your professional skills while helping us ensure that every American with sleep apnea receives successful treatment. Internship opportunities are also available. See specific opportunities at VolunteerMatch.com or e-mail us your résumé.
Or consider starting an A.W.A.K.E. support group in your area. If you or someone close to you has sleep apnea, you could make a great group leader.
2. Sleep apnea is misunderstood. Make sure the good information gets around.
Thousands of Twitter users circulate flawed information about sleep apnea. When you follow sleepapnea_ed, and retweet his posts, you help us get people the best information, and from a source they can trust.
Or order literature to distribute at your local health fair, weight loss group, or specialists’ office. Order our DVD to show to someone who is resisting talking to their doctor. It shows what sleep studies and PAP are really like, and can help someone you love decide to get help.
3. "Like" us on Facebook.
Why “like” the American Sleep Apnea Association Facebook page? We use Facebook to disseminate information about opportunities to raise awareness, as well as updates on science and sleep culture. Much of this content is available only on Facebook.
When you “like” our page, our posts will be included in your Facebook News Feed. Liking our page also helps your Facebook friends find us.
You can choose to view our most recent updates all at once from within your Facebook home page. Look for an option in the top right for “Top News,” and another for “Most Recent.” If you select “Most Recent,” an arrow will appear to its right. When you click that arrow, a drop-down box appears, from which you can select “Pages.” Then, your news feed will display only the most recent updates from pages you like—like us!
4. Tell your story!
In person, on Twitter, and on Facebook, help us show people how treating sleep apnea changes lives. Tell someone your story today.
Show family members your PAP or oral appliance to help ease any fears they may have about getting tested if they have symptoms. If you’ve heard or seen someone snore or stop breathing, record it and play it back for them, or count the number of times they stop breathing in an hour. Sleep apnea can run in families.
If your treatment is going well, share your tips and tricks using our online support forum. Patients who are having trouble can learn from your experience.
We appreciate your financial support. Please donate or become a member.
You can also donate your gently used PAP machine, or new sealed-in-bag masks and hoses. Visit DonatedCPAP.org for details.