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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sleep — a worldwide issue

  When you think of the largest issues facing the world, is sleep near the top of your list?
  Sleep problems are a global issue, according to a report in The Huffington Post, which cites a study showing 150 million people worldwide are suffering.
  The long overdue study of people in developing nations shows about 17 percent have sleep issues, close to the 20 percent in the developed world.
  Obviously, as we've talked about, sleep-related problems run deep whether it is apnea or simply not logging enough hours. High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity head the list of issues caused or enhanced by not sleeping enough — or leaving apnea untreated.
  Not to mention groggy drivers falling asleep at the wheel.


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