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Pledge to Stop the Snore!

Posted by AASM on May 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project urges you to be aware of snoring, which is a warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. Afflicting at least 25 million adults in the U.S., sleep apnea is a chronic disease that is destructive to your health.

You can Stop the Snore in a variety of ways. Talk to a doctor about your risk for sleep apnea. Encourage your bed partner to talk to a doctor about snoring. Join us in spreading the word about the warning signs for sleep apnea.

Healthy Sleep in America.

Should you talk to a doctor about sleep apnea?
Here are five warning signs for sleep apnea:
Sleeping man.
Besides being a nuisance to your bed partner or roommate, loud and frequent snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. While not everyone who snores has this sleep illness, snoring is a warning sign that should be taken seriously.

Man choking.
Choking or gasping during sleep
. When snoring is paired with choking, gasping or silent breathing pauses during sleep, it’s a strong indicator of sleep apnea.

Man exhausted after work day.
Fatigue or daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea can leave you waking in the morning feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep.

BMI and weight scale.
. An adult with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher is considered to be obese, and the risk of sleep apnea increases with the amount of excess body weight.

High blood pressure
High blood pressure
. Between 30 and 40 percent of adults with high blood pressure also have sleep apnea, and getting treatment for sleep apnea is a proven means of decreasing blood pressure.

Where do you go for help? Call Alaska Sleep Clinic today and speak with one of our board-certified sleep specialists.

Research shows that the number of sleep apnea sufferers continues to increase – sleep apnea afflicts at least 25 million American adults, and most of them remain untreated, increasing their risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Fortunately, many of the damaging effects of OSA can be stopped, and even reversed, through diagnosis and treatment by a board-certified sleep specialist.


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