Teche Regional Medical Center Hosting Sleep Fair to Recognize National Sleep Awareness Week

February 27, 2015

With the change to daylight savings time on March 8, 2015 people’s minds are focused on the hour of sleep they’ll be losing.  That’s why the first week of March has been designated National Sleep Awareness Week, and why Teche Regional Medical Center is using it as an opportunity to educate the public.

A Sleep Fair – designed to provide information about the benefits of quality sleep and the consequences of unrecognized, untreated sleep problems and disorders – is being held on Wednesday, March 4, 2055 from 9:00 am -1:00 pm in the front lobby of the hospital.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take risk assessment tests, talk with sleep professionals and take a tour of our newly renovated sleep study rooms.  Additionally, people who are already being treated for a sleep disorder may be interested in a display of equipment and products used to treat various sleep disorders, primarily snoring and sleep apnea.

Among the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea.  A growing body of evidence shows that people with sleep apnea have a 27% increased risk of heart attack and a 240% increased risk of congestive heart failure.  The disease is also an independent risk factor for stroke.

Apnea is Greek for “without breath,” and those who suffer from it can literally stop breathing for more than 10 seconds, causing sleep disruptions sometimes dozens of times a night.  Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse to block the airway during sleep.  The pauses in breathing can occur a few times or several hundred times a night, with the sleeper typically unaware of it.

If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, consider the five questions below:

-Do you snore?

-Are you excessively tired during the day?

-have you been told that you stop breathing during sleep?

-Do you have a history of hypertension?

-Is your neck size greater than 17 inches (male) or greater than 16 inches (female)?

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