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National Center on Sleep Disorders Research - NCSDR
NHLBI Health Information Center

The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), located within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1993 to combat a serious public health concern. About 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems; among them, nearly 60 percent have a chronic disorder. Each year, sleep disorders, sleep deprivation, and sleepiness add an estimated $15.9 billion to the national health care bill. Additional costs to society for related health problems, lost worker productivity, and accidents have not been calculated. Sleep disorders and disturbances of sleep comprise a broad range of problems, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, parasomnia, jet-lag syndrome, and disturbed biological and circadian rhythms.

Review Date: June 30, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) was originally established in 1950. The NINDS conducts and supports research and research training on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders and stroke. The Institute awards grants for research projects, program projects, and center grants; provides training support to institutions and fellowships to individuals in the fields of neurological disorders and stroke; conducts intramural and collaborative research; and collects and disseminates research information. Requests for information should be directed to the Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), formerly the American Sleep Disorders Association, is a professional medical society for more than 10,000 clinicians, researchers and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine and research. The AASM promotes excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research and accredits more than 2,000 sleep centers across the nation to assure the highest quality of medical care for sleep disorders patients. The AASM's public education website provides accurate medical information about sleep, sleep disorders and treatments.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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American Association of Sleep Technologists

The mission of this professional membership association is to promote and advance the development of the profession through education of its members; establish a level of competency through its credentialing program; and provide sleep disorders education and increased awareness to the public and health care professionals. Visit the association's web site for details related to the associations goals and activities.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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Better Sleep Council

Established in 1979, the Better Sleep Council (BSC) is the consumer education division of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). The BSC is devoted to educating the public about the importance of sleep to good health and quality of life and about the value of the sleep system and sleep environment in pursuit of a good night’s sleep.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

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Narcolepsy Network

This national, non-profit, patient-based organization serves people who have narcolepsy -- or related sleep disorders, their families and friends, and professionals involved in treatment, research, and public education regarding narcolepsy. Membership is open to all who share an interest in narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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National Sleep Foundation

Established in 1990, this nonprofit organization promotes public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders and supports sleep-related education, research and advocacy to improve public health and safety. The Foundation's goals are: increased understanding of the importance of sleep to good health and productivity; prevention and/or remediation of health and safety problems related to insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders; expanded scientific research in sleep and sleep medicine; and implementation of public policy that promotes sleep education, research and treatment. NSF's programs are funded by corporate and individual donations, and through it's partnerships with corporations and government. Visit their web site or write for more information.

Review Date: September 22, 2010

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Stanford Center for Narcolepsy

Founded in the early 1970s by Dr. William Dement, the Stanford University Sleep Clinic was the first medical clinic ever established to specialize in sleep disorders. The clinic diagnoses and treats patients who have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep at night, problems with excessive daytime sleepiness or other medical problems occurring during sleep. The Stanford Center for Narcolepsy was established in the 1980s as part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Today, it is the world leader in narcolepsy research with more than 100 articles on narcolepsy to its name. The Stanford Center for Narcolepsy was the first to report that narcolepsy-cataplexy is caused by hypocretin (orexin) abnormalities in both animal models and humans. Under the direction of Drs. Emmanuel Mignot and Seiji Nishino, the Stanford Center for Narcolepsy today treats several hundred patients with the disorder each year, many of whom participate in various research protocols. Other research protocols are conducted in animal models of narcolespy.

Review Date: December 07, 2011

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