Friday, December 4, 2009

Deck the Halls, but Don’t Forget about Your Health This Holiday Season

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Snow covered the ground this morning around many parts of the nation and radio stations are playing carols.

The holidays are here.

Holidays are a busy time for everyone. And it can be easy to forget about maintaining your health. But the holiday season is also a great time to give thanks for your current health and take steps to make sure that you are just as healthy next year.

Eighty to 90 percent of sleep apnea patients are undiagnosed and untreated. Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and obesity among other illnesses.
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This holiday season, take time to notice if you are feeling excessively tired during the day, having morning headaches, or snoring louder than you use to. If you are, consider taking a sleep test to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance, which looks like a mouth guard and is worn during sleep.

Treating sleep apnea now can help you enjoy many more holiday seasons to come. Here’s to your health!
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