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SLEEP APNEA, SNORING, NARCOLEPSY, INSOMNIA
AND OTHER CAUSES OF DAYTIME FATIGUE

SLEEPINESS CAN INDICATE SUCH SERIOUS ILLNESSES AS SLEEP APNEA AND NARCOLEPSY 

Sleepiness--whether due to sleep apnea, heavy snoring, idiopathic hypersomnolence, narcolepsy or insomnia from any number of sleep-related disorders--threatens millions of Americans' health and economic security. For example, sleep apnea is associated with heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, hypertension, abnormal heart rhythms, convulsions, memory problems, slowed thinking, irritability, mood swings, depression and high velocity motor vehicle crashes. Furthermore, sleep apnea has been diagnosed in up to 10% of men over age 40! Loud snoring often indicates apnea problems and increased risk of severe sleepiness and medical complications. Insomnia is not a disease but a description--and it can be a sign of nocturnal apneas, seizures and other disorders--some of which will be aggravated by hypnotics!

These disorders cause decreased productivity, increased health care costs, increased risk of accidents and injuries, and increased employer liability. Massive economic losses result from failure to diagnose and manage these treatable problems: which are becoming more common because of our worsening national sleep debt and increasing prevalence of obesity.

Visit the different realms of The Sleep Site to learn important facts
that may protect your health and that of those close to you.


COLUMBUS COMMUNITY HEALTH
REGIONAL SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Robert W. Clark, M.D., Medical Director
1430 South High Street, Columbus OH 43207

Tel: [614] 443-7800
Fax: [614] 443-6960

e-mail: flamenco@netexp.net