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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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Number of sleep centers rising

  Now you really have no excuse to not get tested for sleep apnea.
  There are more sleep centers in the U.S. than ever before, The Huffington Post reports.
  In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has accredited its 2,500th sleep center — double the number from five years ago.
  Sleep centers are where patients like me go to sleep while being monitored for breathing interruptions throughout the night. Once diagnosed, you return to the center to sleep with a CPAP so the correct level can be determined.
  It's an interesting experience to say the least (think lots of wires, people watching you sleep via camera) but well worth the potentially life-saving treatment.
  Sleep academy officials attribute the increased number of sleep centers to growing awareness of sleep-related disorders and the related consequences.
  That's a good thing but, with millions still undiagnosed, there's a long way to go.
  Perhaps a sleep center will open in your neighborhood.


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