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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Stay awake

Every time I hear of someone who is tired a lot, snores, wakes up often and gets drowsy while driving, I normally ask them if they have asked their doctor about testing them for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing obstruction that causes the person to awaken in order to begin breathing again. They will wake up many times during the night to regain breathing.

Sleep apnea could be really dangerous. There was a young man who went to my church that suffered from sleep apnea. His case was so bad that he often dozed off behind the wheel because he was so tired. One day as he was driving home from work he fell asleep while driving around a curve and crashed into a brick mailbox in someone's yard. Thankfully, no one was hurt... well, except the red pick-up truck that he loved so much. That experience prompted him (through the urging of his wife) to seek an answer for his continued tiredness.

His doctor sent him to have a sleep study where they discovered he was waking up hundreds of times during the course of the night. As is normal with most sleep apnea patients, he didn't even know he was awakening that many times.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, check out SleepDisordersGuide.com for medical resources like locations of sleep centers, information about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. The site is a directory of all the medical centers and doctors nationwide that treat sleep disorders and cure sleep apnea.

Don't wait any longer if you suspect a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, get help today.
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