American Alliance for Healthy Sleep Expands Member Benefits With Mentor Program

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New patient-led mentor program gives sleep disorder patients a fresh outlook

DARIEN, Ill., May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS), a non-profit collaboration

between patients, providers and others who have an interest in promoting healthy sleep, has introduced the AAHS Patient Mentor Program. The program is open to all AAHS members and will help improve the quality of life for patients with a sleep disorder by connecting them with one-on-one peer support.

"Managing a sleep disorder can be overwhelming, which is why we established this first all-encompassing patient-driven program," said AAHS Chair Patti Van Landingham, who has been living with narcolepsy for decades. "The AAHS Patient Mentor Program makes it easy for newly diagnosed patients to seek support and encouragement from those who have experience managing their disorder."

The AAHS Patient Mentor Program pairs newly diagnosed sleep disorder patients with knowledgeable and empathetic mentors to offer ongoing support as they look for ways to manage their sleep health. AAHS provides each mentor with access to exclusive resources to support the peer-to-peer relationship. While mentors are not medical professionals and will not provide medical advice, each has been living with and managing a sleep disorder for several years and is currently treating their disorder with an evidence-based treatment option. Their knowledge of different treatment options, as well as lifestyle and non-medical techniques beneficial to managing sleep disorders, will offer new perspectives and reassurance to their mentee.

"Peer-to-peer support from someone sharing similar experiences with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia or restless legs syndrome, improves quality of life," added Van Landingham. "This personal level of support complements and enhances other health care plans and services by creating the emotional, social and practical assistance necessary for the long-term."

Participation in the AAHS Patient Mentor Program is complimentary and included with all AAHS memberships. Membership in the AAHS is open to patients who have a sleep disorder, family members of patients, health care providers and other individuals who are interested in promoting healthy sleep. Member dues are only $25 for two years. For a limited time, individuals signing up for the patient mentor program will receive a free, 2-year AAHS membership.

To learn more and enroll as a mentor or mentee, visit sleepallies.org.

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About the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS) Founded in 2017, the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS) improves the lives of patients with sleep disorders. The AAHS engages policymakers and the public to enhance the understanding of and care for all sleep disorders, provides support for patients with sleep disorders, and promotes healthy sleep (http://sleepallies.org/).

 

SOURCE American Alliance for Healthy Sleep



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