Sleep Disorders

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Sleep Disorders Week


Welcome Message

The ATS Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly is pleased to partner with the American Sleep Apnea Association in sponsoring Sleep Disorders Week at the ATS.  Sleep disorders are amongst the most prevalent complaints in today’s society, with both insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness affecting 6-10% of Americans several days per week or more.  Unfortunately, the consequences of impaired sleep and sleep disorders are frequently under-recognized and many patients go undiagnosed and untreated for years.  Of the many sleep disorders, our assembly is most interested in breathing disorders during sleep.

There are two types of sleep-disordered breathing during sleep.  The more common, affecting at least 2% of women and 4% of men, is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  OSA is most common in men and persons with obesity and its frequency in the population has been unfortunately increasing with the obesity epidemic. OSA is associated with increased risks of cardiovascular complications such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke.  Central sleep apnea is less common but can be present in upwards of 30% of patients with congestive heart failure and is associated with increased mortality in these patients.  Fortunately, treatment of both types of sleep disordered breathing can improve quality of life and health outcomes.

Members of the Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly are world leaders in investigating the causes, consequences, diagnosis and management of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.  Our research encompasses investigations on how we breathe at night and why our airways collapse at night to state of the art innovations in the treatment of sleep apnea.   Our members are experts in translating the science underlying sleep disordered breathing to effective and practical treatments for these disorders.

The ATS is committed to its PAR partnership with the American Sleep Apnea Association to ensure stakeholders see the enduring value of ongoing work and research related to sleep disordered breathing.


James Rowley, MD
Chair , Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology
Member, ATS Board of Directors


Ed Grandi
Executive Director
American Sleep Apnea Association
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable

ATS Sleep Apnea PARtner


The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) was founded in 1990 by persons with sleep apnea and concerned health care providers and researchers. The mission of the ASAA is to reduce injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhance the well-being of those affected by this common disorder. The ASAA promotes education, awareness, research and continuous improvement in care.  The ASAA also promotes the A.W.A.K.E. Network which is a network of voluntary mutual-help apnea support groups.

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