Friday, December 11, 2009

Doctors Host Health Hotline for Sleep Disorders

Many people do not realize that they may be at risk for sleep apnea. They think that only overweight or obese people can have this condition.

But sleep-related breathing disorders can develop for many reasons. Men and Women of all ages and ethnicities can have trouble breathing while they sleep. Even children can get sleep apnea. Read about risk factors here.

That is why Utah doctor, Robert Mazzola, MD, is taking calls on sleep disorders this Saturday. He wants to dispel misperceptions about sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

He and Howard Leaman, MD will answer questions about sleep apnea from 10 a.m. to noon MST. The questions are confidential and will not be broadcast. You can call 1-800-925-8177 to ask a question.

Common signs of sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness and loud snoring. Morning headaches and frequent nighttime urination can also indicate a problem.

If you have signs of sleep apnea, it’s a good idea to get tested at an accredited sleep center. Eighty to 90 percent of people with sleep apnea are undiagnosed and untreated.

If you do have sleep apnea, there are several effective treatment options. Visit the AADSM Web site for more information.

Learn more about the Health Hotline at Deseret News

Photo by Shenghung Lin

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