I hope you are enjoying this hot and crazy summer!
As you know, we in clinical sleep medicine are here for you. Without patients in need of help for their sleeping problems, there would be no physician sleep specialists, no sleep centers, no sleep medicine.
Sleep medicine is an independent medial subspecialty, just like cardiology, pulmonology, and neurology. Though sleep medicine remains focused on the clinical evaluation and management of sleep disorders, it also must continue to move forward in innovation and search for answers to unknowns in our field. These essential aspects of our work can only be accomplished through research.
An organization called SAPCON (Sleep Apnea Patient Centered Outcomes Network) is dedicated to promoting sleep apnea research around the country. Organized in conjunction with the American Sleep Apnea Association, it is one of the largest networks to advance sleep apnea research. My friend and mentor, Dr. Vishesh Kapur (Professor of Medicine, University of Washington; Steering Committee Member, SAPCON), asked me recently to spread the word about SAPCON, which has created a website designed to develop a sleep apnea patient community that will learn about and contribute to sleep apnea research. Sleep apnea apnea patients may now easily connect with health care providers and researchers to share ideas and needs. As Dr. Kapur puts it, through the website “patients will be able to learn what is new in sleep apnea research, suggest new areas of focus for sleep apnea research, and participate in research if they choose to.” The website also contains valuable online tools to help you manage your sleep apnea.
The website: www.myapnea.org
I encourage sleep apnea patients and their loved ones to visit the site and see all that it has to offer.
Stay cool and sleep well this summer, everyone!