February 20, 2012
A.W.A.K.E. — Alert, Well And Keeping Energetic; Learn How to Help Yourself
Do you or someone you know suffer from sleep problems? If so, you are encouraged to attend this support group meeting on Monday, March 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit). The meetings are held in the Conference Center by the south entrance (near the sleep lab). This is a free community service. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.
The March 5 meeting will include special guest Amy Korn-Reavis, RRT, RPSGT, who will speak about “sleep hygiene” and how to create the perfect sleep-inducing scenario.
Korn-Reavis is a trusted media resource on sleep and respiratory issues, and has been interviewed and quoted in newspapers, magazines and websites including: MSNBC; Woman’s Day; Healthy, Wealthy and Wise; Advance for Respiratory and Sleep; and How Stuff Works.
Sleep deprivation is fast becoming one of America's most serious problems, with 30 to 50 percent of our population currently affected. And it is getting worse. Science has established that a sleep deficit can have serious effects on your overall health. The cure to sleep difficulties and daytime fatigue can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference in the quality of your nightly rest.
Korn-Reavis manages a sleep lab, is coordinator of the Polysomnography program at Valencia College, founding president of the Florida Association of Sleep Technologists and is helping to shape the future of the sleep field.
Free Sleep Evaluations by a registered technologist are always available at A.W.A.K.E. meetings. One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Sleep apnea can result in depression, diabetes and morning headaches. Sleep apnea also contributes to high blood pressure, which an estimated 50 percent of sleep apnea patients have. The greatest risk from this sleep disorder, however, is stroke or heart attack.
Everyone (you, someone you know or a sleep partner) who suffers from the sleep apnea warning signs mentioned above should take these symptoms seriously.