For many, a New Year’s resolution might involve a promise to do one or more acts of self-improvement: eating healthier, exercising, thinking more positively, changing bad habits.
“If you’re always tired, the start of the new year is an ideal time to resolve to find out if you have sleep apnea,” says Eric Cohen, President of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com). It’s estimated that 20 million Americans have sleep apnea -- yet most have yet to be tested.
Cohen hosts the popular ‘CPAP Chat,’ the world’s only monthly virtual support group for anyone interested in sleep issues. The 21st monthly edition of CPAP Chat is set for Wednesday, December 2nd from 7 – 8 pm (ET). For this session, participants will be asked to share their resolutions, and will have a chance to ‘meet’ NST staff who will share what they hope to do better in 2016.
Cohen says if a person has any two of these symptoms, chances are they have sleep apnea:
- Daytime sleepiness / Chronic fatigue
- Snoring (especially if it disturbs others)
- If someone has witnessed that you stop breathing during the night
If sleep apnea is suspected, a person should contact their doctor and discuss whether to have a sleep study. National Sleep Therapy is locally owned and works closely with local doctors to provide the best sleep therapy possible. The most popular treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy.
Studies show that prolonged lack of regular, deep sleep can lead to heart diseases, hypertension, memory loss, diabetes, and can result in workplace or highways accidents. Eric Cohen says “Taking care of your sleep apnea is a great New Year’s resolution and a wonderful holiday gift to yourself and your loved ones.”
To join the conversation during the next edition of CPAP Chat on Wednesday, December 2 from 7 – 8 pm (ET), just prior to the session, call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email email@example.com . (Sessions are always the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm - ET), For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org
-Stanley Hurwitz / firstname.lastname@example.org