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Friday, November 3, 2017

ASAA announces version 2.1 updates to the SleepHealth Mobile App Research Study

The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2.1 version upgrade of its groundbreaking sleep tracking app.

The SleepHealth Mobile App Research Study, first launched in March 2016, released an upgraded version on November 1. 

“This is one of the most exciting studies I have ever been a part of,” says Carl Stepnowsky, the ASAA’s Chief Science Officer, sleep researcher and clinician. “To co-design this study with patients and to be able to ask questions of participants about their nighttime sleep and daytime functioning as they go about their normal daily lives represents two ways we are trying to do research differently!”


Instructions for using the upgraded SleepHealth Mobile App Research Study 

Current users

We appreciate your continued participation in the study! You can read below to learn about all the new changes and improvements coming your way. 
If you are an existing user, you do not need to sign up again. Just click ‘already participating’ and log in with your existing email and password. That's it! 
As always, we appreciate your feedback. And don’t hesitate to reach out to us at if you are having any problems with the app. 

New users

We appreciate your interest in participating in the study!  
To install the new 2.1 version of your app, please navigate to the iTunes App Store using the following link:  
From there, click on the SleepHealth icon to install the latest version. That's it! 
We appreciate your feedback. Please  don’t hesitate to reach out to us at if you are having any problems with the app. 

Unverified new users

Some new users who have installed the previous SleepHealth App may have been unable to verify their accounts. We apologize for the inconvenience, and encourage you to install the latest version of SleepHealth, 2.1, instead.  
You can read below to learn about all the new changes and improvements coming your way. 
To install the latest version of the app, please navigate to the iTunes App Store using the following link: 
From there, click on the SleepHealth icon to install the latest version. That's it! 
If you continue to have problems with your app verification, installation, or usage, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We look forward to working together with you to make SleepHealth App even better for the future!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

ASAA Partners with Achievement, Platform for Clinical Recruitment and Healthy Actions

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Let's Get Healthy!

In 2017, the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) entered into a valuable new partnership with Achievement, an online platform that rewards users for healthy actions.

One of Achievement's most important functions is to promote clinical research participation opportunities for users.

Earlier this year, they featured ASAA's SleepHealth Mobile App Study, which resulted in 1100 new enrolled participants.

(You can learn more about our successful SleepHealth App here.)

How Achievement directly benefits you, the user

What may be even more interesting to program participants is that Achievement rewards their users—with cash!—for taking healthy actions.

Now you can get paid for your healthy actions. If you're already tracking your sleep activity, you can now get paid to do so.

What is a healthy action? These include participating in clinical studies (like the SleepHealth App) and using connecting apps to track certain information about your day-to-day health, such as sleep quantity and quality.

The Achievement program also rewards participants who track more than just their sleep, such as those who use fitness trackers or who track their heart rate.

If you're a health data buff and use tracking wearables and apps to keep you on track for good health, you will want to participate in this program.

Sign up for Achievement today!

Why? Because the ASAA shares the Achievement platform's mission: to help you improve your health. And because, quite frankly, you get to benefit directly by participating!

To show they are serious about rewarding people for taking their sleep health seriously through healthy actions, the folks at Achievement have decided to make a donation to the ASAA for every person who signs up for their platform!

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Check out the details at! 

Please take a moment to sign up at Achievement. It's not only an important research recruitment tool, but a fun and easy way to track and improve your sleep (and wake) health!

Sign up now and Achievement will make a donation to ASAA in your honor. If you aren't already using our SleepHealth Mobile App Study, you can do so, free, here at the iTunes store.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Special notice to SleepHealth App Users: FREE and LIVE webinar on sleep apnea care tonight!

New webinar dial in number

If you want to call in to the webinar, dial 202-602-1295 and enter 960-914-660 for the conference ID.
Otherwise, sign in directly at
Hope to see you there tonight! Bring all your questions! —Your friends at the ASAA and Sleeptember
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“As a non-profit organization, the American Sleep Apnea Association
does not endorse any hospital, sleep center, company, or products.”

Sunday, September 3, 2017



Don't forget to tag your morning
bedhead selfie with both
#ASAABedhead and #Sleeptember
#Sleeptember is our month-long campaign during September to raise awareness of sleep disorders, to educate people on the importance of sleep and to promote healthy sleep habits.

What can you do to help?

  • Take your bedhead photo and post on your social media using #ASAABedhead and #Sleeptember
  • Tag friends and family and challenge them to do the same
  • Pledge to sleep a little longer during Sleeptember

There will be a prize for the #ASAAbedhead selfie with the most likes... 4 (four) Day-Hopper Passes for Disneyworld valued at $648! 

Please help us spread the word during #Sleeptember. We spend one-third of our lifetime sleeping, let’s make those sleep hours count and connect the dots between healthy sleep and a healthy life.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Special Notice to SleepHealth App users: Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Current relief effort: Hurricane Harvey, Texas

To our Sleep Health App users:

As you well know, Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston, TX and its surrounding areas and is currently blazing a new path toward communities to the east in Louisiana. 

The fourth largest US city is home to thousands of CPAP users. The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) is prepared to provide replacement PAP therapy via its CPAP Assistance Program (CAP) to any sleep apnea patients who have lost their equipment in the aftermath of the storm.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Blog readers update, August 2017

Dear SleepHealthApp participants and blog readers:

You may have noticed that our content at this blog has shifted recently.

The majority of our general sleep health blog content is now being published at

You can still access it here. Simply click on the links listed above this blog post to locate our most recent content.

Meanwhile, we will continue to publish news and information related to the SleepHealthApp as it occurs, with some news coming in September! You'll also find other content published here that's related to our larger efforts at the American Sleep Apnea Association, such as our A.W.A.K.E. support groups, CPAP Assistance Program, and Sleeptember efforts.

We appreciate your support as we continue to refine our efforts to best reach those who need support for their sleep disorders wherever they can be found on the web. Thank you for following and subscribing!

Monday, March 20, 2017

What is the Vernal Equinox?

The Vernal (or Spring) Equinox is the more formal, scientific name for the First Day of Spring.

The equinox is the moment in which the plane of the Earth's midline, the Equator, passes through the center of the Sun.

This creates the only time when the edge of night and day known as the "solar terminator" runs completely perpendicular to the Equator, causing the day and night to be equal in length

In this moment, both the Northern and Southern hemispheres are also equally illuminated.

The only other equinox takes place in fall and is called the Autumnal Equinox. This year's event takes place on September 22.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tell us your Daylight Saving Time story, and take our poll!

It’s likely everyone has at least one story to share about some mistake or circumstance that resulted from the “spring forward” time change. 
Tell us… what did you do for Daylight Savings Time this morning?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How to survive the sleep deprivation caused by Daylight Saving Time

Monday morning coffeeThe upcoming change to daylight saving time (DST) will make people feel like they’ve lost an hour of sleep.
At 2am this coming Sunday morning, March 12, we are expected to “spring” our clocks one hour “forward.” This synchs our shared schedules to an artificial time reset.
The practice originally evolved to build more sunlight into the work day for the purposes of productivity and safety.
However, sleep deprivation caused by DST has since become the result of that infamous “law of unintended consequences,” with risks to both productivity and safety an ironic negative outcome.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

You'll sleep better if you're kind to your kidneys

March is National Kidney Month and NephCure Kidney International logosSleep deprivation and sleep disorders challenge the various systems in the body to maintain the critical functional balance called homeostasis
As with the health of many other organs in the body, kidney health can become a casualty of sleep problems.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The SleepHealth App and Study celebrates its first anniversary!

Explore our new family of sites!

Sleepapnea.orgOur patient-led sleep apnea support community
The home for our sleep disorders education information and SleepHealth App
Our patient-led sleep health forum and fundraising site for sleep research

Monday, January 9, 2017

Do you have both COPD AND OSA?

 COPD / OSA survey

Do you have both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) AND obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? We have created a survey to help us better understand what treatments you are currently using, to manage your COPD and OSA. Follow the link below to complete the five minute survey! Once we have collected your responses, we will share the results with you and the community on COPD360social and SleepHealth App Blog.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Do you need a new mask for your CPAP machine?

Start your New Year with a New Mask
 for your CPAP Machine

Do you use a CPAP machine? When was the last time you replaced your mask? Did you know it is recommended that you change your mask at least every 6 months? This is because the silicon can lose its structural integrity which can mean increased mask leak. A good seal makes therapy more effective and you get more benefit from your CPAP machine. 
Due to generous donations to the American Sleep Apnea Association, we have 2 different replacement masks available which we wanted to let you know about:
The ResMed Quattro masks are available in medium and large sizes and include headgear. The Philips Respironics Amara masks ship with 2 headgear sizes (small and large) and 4 cushion sizes (petite, small, medium and large). These both retail for over $175.
For a program donation of $25 you can get one mask, or two for $45, or even 3 for $60. All masks are shipped via USPS first class.
Just complete our simple online order form here. 
A prescription is required.
Make better sleep your New Years Resolution!
The ASAA Team
 Resmed Quattro
 Philips Respironics Amara