October 16, 2012
If you’ve tried to lose weight, you know it’s not
easy. But for some of us, it’s even more difficult. Some dieters who are eating
less and exercising more still have a hard time dropping those extra pounds.
Why? One answer may lie in their sleep habits. It’s a vicious cycle. You gain
weight, which causes your sleep to be worse, and you have worse sleep, which
causes you to gain weight.
Tronetti, medical director of the Parrish Senior Consultation Center, will
discuss natural ways to promote weight loss, good nutrition and sleep more
If you or
someone you know suffers from sleep problems, you are encouraged
to attend this support group meeting on Monday, November 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.
Free sleep evaluations are
done by a registered technologist at every meeting. 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 anyone with a sleep
partner) who suffers from the sleep apnea warning signs mentioned above should
take these symptoms seriously.