BENEFITING: American Sleep Apnea Association, Inc.
Obstructive sleep apnea is an absence of breathing while a person sleeps. People with sleep apnea have their tongue and soft tissue of the throat relax during sleep. When the tongue and soft tissue totally obstruct the airway, fresh air is prevented from reaching the lungs, despite efforts to breathe. The oxygen level in the blood ultimately goes down, the heart is stimulated to beat faster, and blood vessels constrict in an effort to send blood and oxygen to the vital organs. The brain recognizes that there is a problem, and briefly arouses the person from sleep to open the airway. The person will fall back asleep, and the cycle repeats itself, sometimes up to a 100 times a night. Over 20 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and roughly 90% of them are not diagnosed and effectively treated because they are unaware of how dangerous the symptoms are. Help us raise the awareness of obstructive sleep apnea by donating to this campaign. Most of the money will be transferred to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an organization that is dedicated to increasing diagnosis, and reducing unnecessary injuries, disabilities, comorbidities and premature deaths associated with this disorder by advancing sleep apnea awareness, education and research. The rest of it will be used for resources to continue and expand this campaign so the entire country can learn about sleep apnea.