Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Credits

Terms of Use

The following terms and conditions constitute an agreement between you and American Sleep Association (“ASA,” “we,” or “us”), the operator of sleepassociation.org/.net/.com (the “Site”). These terms of use (the “Terms of Use”) govern your use of the Site.

BY USING THE SITE, YOU SIGNIFY THAT YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF USE, including that you consent to the information practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference, and that you consent to resolve in the State of Pennsylvania any dispute that you may have with us, or the Site. We offer the Site “AS IS” and without warranties.

1. About the Site

Everything we offer on the Site is referred to in these Terms of Use collectively as the “Services”. You acknowledge that although some of the content, text, data, graphics, images, information, suggestions, guidance, and other material (collectively, “Information”) may be provided by individuals in the medical profession, the provision of such Information does not create a medical professional/patient relationship, and does not constitute an opinion, medical advice, or diagnosis or treatment of any particular condition, but is provided to assist you with locating appropriate medical care from a qualified practitioner.

2. We Do Not Provide Medical Advice

The Information that you obtain from ASA, and its employees, contractors, partners, sponsors, advertisers or otherwise on the Site is for informational and contact purposes only.

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE AND IN ANY OTHER COMMUNICATIONS FROM OR PROVIDED THROUGH ASA IS NOT INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. DO NOT DISREGARD, AVOID OR DELAY OBTAINING MEDICAL ADVICE FROM A QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE READ ON THE SITE.  YOUR USE OF INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. NOTHING STATED OR POSTED ON THE SITE OR AVAILABLE THROUGH ANY SERVICES IS INTENDED TO BE, AND MUST NOT BE TAKEN TO BE, THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE OR THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE.

We do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, procedures, opinions, or other information that may appear on the Site. If you rely on any of the Information provided by the Site, you do so solely at your own risk.

3. No Doctor Patient Relationship

NO LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL/PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED BY USING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE USE OF THE SITE OR THROUGH ANY OTHER COMMUNICATIONS FROM ASA INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE “REQUEST A CONSULTATION”  or ‘Click to Verify’, or ‘Ask the Doctor’ FEATURES, LINKS TO OTHER SITES OR ANY ASSISTANCE WE MAY PROVIDE.

WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERTISE, QUALITY OF WORK OR OTHER INFORMATION HEREIN. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN BY YOU IN RELIANCE ON SUCH INFORMATION.

You are strongly advised to perform your own investigation prior to selecting a health care professional by making confirming telephone calls to the appropriate licensing authorities to verify listed credentials and education, and to further verify information about a particular dentist or other health care provider (“Provider”) by confirming with the Provider’s office, your current Provider, the medical association relative to the Provider’s specialty and your state medical board.

4. Provider Listings

In connection with using the Site and the Services to locate medical professionals, you understand that:

  • YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR CHOOSING YOUR OWN PROVIDER.
  • ASA selects Providers to be listed on the Site pursuant to a contractual agreement with the Providers.
  • In addition to signing a contract, Providers must follow a protocol and might pay a fee.
  • ASA may provide you with profile previews of Providers who may be suitable to deliver the health care that you are seeking, but ASA does not make any representations or warranties with respect to these Providers or the quality of the healthcare services they may provide.
  • ASA uses reasonable efforts to ensure that Providers only participate in the Services if they hold active medical licenses and all certifications necessary to practice any specialty of the services offered by them to patients. ASA may also exclude Providers who, in ASA’s discretion, have engaged in inappropriate or unprofessional conduct.

5. Editorial Control

We make the Site available as a service to consumers and Providers for the purposes of providing an informative and educational resource. The timeliness and accuracy of any or all of the Information is not guaranteed. You are encouraged to independently confirm the Information contained herein with other sources and to seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider.

PROVIDER INFORMATION: Provider and practice information found on the Site is intended for general reference purposes only. Provider information found on the Site is self-reported, by the Provider and/or office staff, and often changes frequently and may become out of date or inaccurate. ASA does not provide any advice or qualification certification about any particular Provider. Our relationship with Providers in a particular area is based on criteria we establish.

PROCEDURES/PRODUCTS/SERVICES: The procedures, products, services and devices discussed and/or advertised within the Site are not applicable to all individuals, patients or all clinical situations. We make no claims as to the effectiveness of any such procedures, products, services or devices. Any products and/or services represented on the Site by advertisers, sponsors, and other Site participants, either paid or unpaid, are presented for your awareness and do not necessarily imply appropriateness for any particular individual or prediction of effectiveness, outcome or success. ASA receives a commission from the sale of some products listed on the website. ASA also receives compensation from some companies for promotion purposes of some products. Endorsement of any products was reached after an evaluation process by ASA officials.

6. Your Responsibilities

Even though the Services are provided free of charge, the charges for any medical services rendered by collaborating Providers profiled on the Site will apply and will be entirely your responsibility.

You may use the Site and the Services for lawful, non-commercial purposes only. You may not use the Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair our servers or networks, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site or the Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any of the Services or computer systems or networks, through hacking or any other means. Without limiting any of the foregoing, you agree that you shall not (and you agree not to allow any third party to):

 

  • use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process or means to access, retrieve or index any portion of the Site and/or the Services;
  • access, retrieve or index any portion of the Site and/or the Services for purposes of constructing or populating a searchable database of reviews related to the health care industry or Providers;
  • use any means to conduct web scraping of any portion of the Site.

In addition to our rights in these Terms of Use, we may take any legal action and implement any technical remedies to prevent the violation of this provision and to enforce these Terms of Use.

7. Your Use of Content

See below

8. Disclaimer of Warranties

We have no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You release us from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired content through the Site and/or the Services. The Site and/or the Services may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. We make no representations concerning any content contained in or accessed through the Site and/or the Services, and we will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Site and/or the Services. We make no representations or warranties regarding suggestions or recommendations of services or products offered or purchased through the Site and/or the Services.

9. Entire Agreement

These Terms of Use and any supplemental terms, policies, rules and guidelines posted on the Site, including the Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement between you and us and supersede all previous written or oral agreements. If any part of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. The failure of ASA to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.

10. Choice of Law and Dispute Resolution

These Terms of Use shall be deemed to have been entered into and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania. Any controversy, dispute or claim arising out of or related to these Terms of Use or your use of the Services shall be settled by final and binding arbitration to be conducted by an arbitration tribunal in Lancaster County, pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association.

11. Assignment

We may assign this contract at any time to any parent, subsidiary, or any affiliated company, or as part of the sale to, merger with, or other transfer of our company to another entity.

12. Eligibility

If you are under the age of 13, you may not use the Site or Services, in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 18, you may use the Site or Services on behalf of such minor child. By using the Site or Services on behalf of a minor child, you represent and warrant that you are the parent or legal guardian of such child and that all references in these Terms of Use to “you” shall refer to such child or such other individual for whom you have authorization to enter into these Terms of Use on their behalf, and you in your capacity as the parent or legal guardian of such child or as the authorized party of such individual. Membership in the Services is void where prohibited by applicable law, and the right to access the Site is revoked in such jurisdictions. By using the Site and/or the Services, you represent and warrant that you have the right, authority, and capacity to enter into these Terms of Use and to abide by all of the terms and conditions set forth herein.

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Privacy Policy

 

1. General

American Sleep Association (“us,” “we,” ASA or sleepassociation.org/.com/.net”) is committed to respecting the privacy rights of our customers, visitors, and other users of ASA (the “Site”) and services provided by ASA and its associates. through the Site (collectively, the “Services”). We created this Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) to give you confidence as you visit and use the Services, and to demonstrate our commitment to the protection of privacy. This Privacy Policy is only applicable to our Site, and not to any other websites that you may be able to access from the Site, each of which may have practices and policies that differ materially from this Privacy Policy. Your use of the Services is governed by this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use

BY USING THE SITE, SERVICES, AND/OR BY REGISTERING WITH US, YOU ACCEPT THE PRACTICES AND POLICIES OUTLINED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY, AND YOU HEREBY CONSENT THAT WE WILL TRACK, COLLECT, USE, AND SHARE YOUR INFORMATION IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS. IF YOU ARE USING THE SERVICES ON BEHALF OF AN INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION OTHER THAN YOURSELF, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU ARE AUTHORIZED BY SUCH INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION TO ACCEPT THIS PRIVACY POLICY ON SUCH INDIVIDUAL’S OR ORGANIZATION’S BEHALF.

2. Traffic Data

We automatically track and collect the following when you visit our Site: (1) IP addresses; (2) domain servers; (3) types of computers accessing the Site; (4) types of web browsers used to access the Site; (5) referring source which may have sent you to the Site; and (6) other information associated with the interaction of your browser and the Site (collectively “Traffic Data”).

3. Personal Information

You may voluntarily provide us with information that personally identifies you (“Personal Information”) when you choose to use some of the Services’ interactive tools and services (“Interactive Tools”), such as searching for Providers, searching for available appointments with Providers, responses to surveys, questionnaires and the like. Personal Information includes the following categories of information: (1) contact data (such as your e-mail address, phone number); (2) demographic data (such as your gender, your date of birth and your zip code); (3) insurance data (such as your insurance carrier and insurance plan); (4) health-related information.

Information Collection and Use

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, “Personal Information” also means information that can be used to uniquely identify you, such as your name, telephone number, address, and e-mail address.

Personal Information We Collect

When you interact with us, we may ask you to supply us with Personal Information. For example, we may collect Personal Information when you:

  • Use our Service, including our Website, or use/download any of our Apps;
  • Request quotes, support, information, or access to our information products and services;
  • Download Content, software or a software update;
  • Subscribe to newsletters, promotional emails, alerts, updates or other materials; or
  • Register for webinars or other content offers
  • Contact us.

Our Use of Your Personal Information

We may use your Personal Information, either alone or in combination with other information, so that we can provide, enhance and personalize our Service and our marketing efforts.

The following are examples of a variety of ways that we may use your Personal Information. We may use your Personal Information:

  • To provide you with the best user experience possible;
  • To provide the products and services you purchase, respond to your questions, and carry out the transactions you have requested;
  • To communicate with you regarding updates, offers, orders, and promotions;
  • To help us develop, customize, deliver, support and improve our services, products, content, and advertising;
  • To help authenticate any account you create with us;
  • To administer promotions;
  • To serve advertisements on our Website;
  • To protect the rights or property of our users, and prevent fraud and other prohibited or illegal activities;
  • To protect the security of our products, services, and business;
  • For our internal purposes (such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve our products, services, and communications); and
  • Otherwise, as disclosed to you at the point of collection.

If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive communications from us, please follow any unsubscribe instructions that may be provided in our communications to you, or update your user preferences via e-mail subscription management tools on our Website, or contact us on our contact page.  Please note that we may use your Personal Information to contact you with important notifications, such as notices with respect to purchases, safety, or changes to our terms, conditions, and policies; you may not opt out of these notifications.

4. Cookies

We may use small computer files that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive that contain information (“Cookies”) to help us improve our Site, by giving ASA information about our users’ demographics and internet behaviors. Cookies may collect non-personally identifying information, such as the computer’s IP address, type of operating system, type of internet browsing software, what web pages were viewed at what time, the geographic location of your internet service provider and demographic information, such as gender and age range. Cookies do not give us access to other information on your computer. At your option, expense and responsibility, you may block Cookies or delete Cookies from your hard drive. The information stored in these Cookies is not directly linked to any Personal Information you submit on the Site.

5. Storage

We store all Traffic Data, even after “deletion,” and may archive traffic data.

6. Information Provided on Behalf of Children

The Services are not directed at children under the age of 13. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), ASA does not knowingly collect any information from individuals under the age of 13.

7. Use of Your Information

We may use your Personal Information to recommend certain Providers. We may use your contact data to send you information about ASA or to contact you recommending Providers that could help you. Use of the Services may require ASA to use your Personal Information to allow your Providers to refer you to, and make appointments with, other Providers on your behalf. We may also use your anonymized Personal Information, in an anonymous manner, to run statistical research on health or medical trends.

8. Sharing of Information

We share information we collect from you in the ways described in this Privacy Policy, including:

  • Personal Information with selected Providers by submitting forms on the Site.
  • We may share your anonymized Personal Information with third parties for statistical research on individual or aggregate health or medical trends.
  • We share Personal Information and Traffic Data with our business partners who provide services (such as hosting or data storage and security) related to our operation of the Services and/or by making certain Interactive Tools available to our users. Those business partners shall be bound by the same standards of security and confidentiality in this Privacy Policy.
  • We may share certain metrics including with Providers to help determine the effectiveness of certain advertising campaigns.

9. Confidentiality and Security

Except as otherwise provided in this Privacy Policy, we will not share your Personal Information with third parties unless we believe in good faith that disclosure of your Personal Information or any other information we collect about you is necessary to: (1) comply with a court order or other legal process; (2) protect the rights, property or safety of ASA or another party; (3) enforce our Terms of Use; or (4) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third-parties.

10. Communication with Providers

Providers, their employees and their agents should be aware of their obligations of patient confidentiality, including without limitation their obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). ASA does not have, and will not accept, any obligations of confidentiality with respect to any communications other than those expressly stated in this Privacy Policy and ASA’s Terms of Use

11. Security

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. For example, when you enter sensitive information on our Site, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (“SSL”).

Although we make good faith efforts to store Personal Information securely, there is no such thing as complete security, and we cannot guarantee that there will be no unintended disclosures of your Personal Information. If we become aware that your Personal Information has been disclosed in a manner not in accordance with this Privacy Policy, we will use reasonable efforts to notify you as soon as reasonably possible and as permitted by law.

12. Changes to Privacy Policy

We reserve the right, at any time, to add to, change, update, or modify this Privacy Policy. Use of information we collect is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected.

13. Links to Other Websites

The Site contains links to third party websites to which ASA has no affiliation. ASA does not share your Personal Information with those websites and is not responsible for their privacy practices. A link to a non-ASA website does not constitute or imply endorsement by ASA. We cannot guarantee the quality of information presented on non-ASA websites. Should you decide to visit one of these third party websites, we suggest that you read its privacy policy.

 


 

Credits

Many of the articles on this site use material from the Wikipedia articles at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_disorder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruxism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catathrenia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_sleep_phase_disorder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circadian_rhythm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insomnia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcolepsy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasomnia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodic_limb_movement_disorder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_eye_movement_sleep_behavior_disorder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restless_legs_syndrome

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_apnea

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obstructive_sleep_apnea

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snoring

and other sleep related pages at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

 

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Some work is released under CC-BY-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

 

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Many of the articles on this site use material from

CDC – U.S. Center for Disease Control and NHLBI – National Heart Lung Blood Institute

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Many images in posts are courtesy of http://www.freeimages.com/

and the artist who donate the images at http://www.freeimages.com/

 

ENDORSEMENTS

ASA is a charitable for-profit LLC with a social objective to improve public health by increasing awareness about the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep disorders. A secondary mission is to support other efforts and organizations that share our primary objective or help to improve public sleep health in other beneficial ways.
Revenue is generated from banner advertisements and corporate support. American Sleep Association, LLC does not accept donations from individuals, but can direct you to respected non-profit organizations that serve the community and align with ASA’s mission.

ASA has received funding from Carpenter Co, Apnea Sciences, and Philips.

Endorsement of any products is reached after an evaluation process by ASA members and/or volunteers. Any endorsement of a products is based on comfort and aesthetics of the product and not on efficacy. ASA endorsement does not imply efficacy.

Proceeds from revenue are used for producing educational activities and content, administrative costs, and supporting other charitable efforts and organizations that align with ASA’s mission.

 

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