Donate to Sleep Apnea Research, Patient Care and Education

Waking up refreshed and recharged in the morning is something we often take for granted. And yet, more than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, also known as sleep-disordered breathing. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of sleep apnea-related research and treatment at Northwestern Medicine, you will help to advance clinical trials and other research studies aimed at identifying causes of sleep apnea and developing new and effective treatments for this condition.

Abnormal breathing that occurs only during sleep (not in waking hours) is known as sleep-disordered breathing. There are multiple types of these disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea, and hypoventilation syndrome. People who snore loudly, are overweight or have high blood pressure are at an increased risk of developing to developing sleep-disordered breathing.

At Northwestern Medicine, our sleep specialists administer tests to people with sleep-related concerns and then carefully evaluate their findings in order to establish an accurate diagnosis. If a person is diagnosed with sleep apnea, our specialists  create a personalized treatment plan. One of the more effective methods of opening up a person’s airways and enabling him or her to receive sufficient oxygen is a continuous positive airway pressure device, also known as a CPAP machine. Other elements of a treatment plan for sleep apnea might include lifestyle changes, such as reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking. Mouth guards can also be used to ensure that a person’s airway remains open overnight.

Sleep Apnea Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

By making a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to remain on the leading edge of the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep apnea. Your generosity will give many patients the give of sound, restorative sleep.

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