It probably should come as no surprise … with the growth in popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, there is a sudden explosion of people offering everything from sleep disorders advice to “cures.” And, as in anything else, caution is definitely needed.
This in no way is intended to mean that all people and organizations that post messages about sleep disorders on social media sites are trying to lead you astray. Many very legitimate sources of information are out there, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Sleep Apnea Association, and providers of care, such as we, ourselves.
But there are definitely people trying to capitalize on the recent surge of awareness of sleep disorders, striving to play on false hope to promote or sell a product. And they have agendas that don’t always place the welfare of patients or buyers at the top of the list. Two of the most suspect types of posters are those who are trying to sell an “alternative” treatment product and those who trumpet “cures” for conditions such as sleep apnea. There is even one company that masquerades as a sleep disorders “association,” when all it is trying to do is sell it’s product. If their product is good, why do they feel the need to use a name that implies they are something that they truly are not?
When seeking advice or actual help for sleep disorders, the way to be sure you are “talking” online with a person or organization that is really trying to be of service to you is by checking the following: 1. If they are a sleep disorders center, are they accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine? 2. If they claim to be a treatment professional, find out if they are actually board-certified in sleep medicine. If they cannot meet one of these criteria, they are at the very least not likely to have accurate, proven information.
It’s like everything else … take the time to be sure. Your health and well-being will be better served if you do.