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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, March 31, 2013

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day is April 18

  CPAP is a treatment for sleep apnea, but the main weapon against the affliction is awareness.
  As in getting the word out about the symptoms (such as snoring) and the risks of leaving it untreated (heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.).
  That's why I'm glad to see April 18 designated as Sleep Apnea Awareness Day.
  But it's more than just another day on the calendar destined to get lost in the shuffle amid many other "awareness days."
  As part of the effort, Wake Up to Sleep and the American Sleep Apnea Association are gathering video testimonials from people with sleep apnea success stories.
  These "Faces of Sleep Apnea" videos will be distributed to educate the public and, hopefully, inspire them to seek treatment for themselves or a loved one.
  Come on, don't be camera-shy or think your story is not worthy. People need to hear from regular folks from all walks of life.
  Who knows? Your story could be the one that helps greatly improve — or even save — a life.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sleep apnea in dogs

  Not only do you have to keep an eye on your snoring spouse for sleep apnea, you have to watch for signs your dog could be afflicted as well.
  Then you take Rover for his sleep test and get him fitted for his CPAP mask.
  No, not really. That could get ugly.
  While CPAP therapy for dogs isn't a realistic option, canine apnea is a very real concern.
  It's most common in dogs with flat faces, such as pugs, English bulldogs and Boston terriers, according to Vetinfo.
  The warning signs are much the same as with humans: snoring, breathing interruptions during sleep, daytime sleepiness, etc. Sleep problems can get worse in the summer.
  Yes, being overweight can be a factor for dogs, too. Untreated apnea can lead to diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, just like us.
  There are several surgical options. See your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has apnea.