You probably already know that going to the library can expand your mind, but it’s not often that a trip there can extend your lifespan. However, a trip to the Lake Arlington Branch Library this month may actually save your life, and you don’t even need to dust off your library card to make it happen.
On June 25th, you’re invited to come to the community room at the Lake Arlington Branch Library for a discussion on sleep apnea and its effects. “The Dangers of Snoring and Untreated Sleep Apnea” will be the topic presented by Dr. Salem Akkad from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, June 25th. This important conversation is free to the public as part of the library’s ongoing efforts to increase public awareness about healthy living.
Who Should Attend
Everyone in the community is invited to attend, but those who may have sleep apnea and their loved ones are especially encouraged to mark this day on their calendar. If you’re not sure whether or not you or a loved one have sleep apnea, here are some of the signs:
- Loud snoring
- Excessive sleepiness during the daytime
- A headache in the morning
- Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
- Abrupt awakening with a shortness of breath
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Trouble concentrating
Unfortunately, many people don’t think of snoring as a serious problem. All too frequently, snoring is caused by a health concern that needs to be addressed. This isn’t to say that everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, but if your snoring is loud and punctuated by periods of silence, it’s likely that you may require medical care.
Benefits of Attending
Not only will attendees learn a lot about sleep apnea and how they can treat it, they’ll also learn how to reduce their risks of developing sleep apnea in the first place. Furthermore, everyone who attends the event will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free overnight home sleep test!
So come on down to the Lake Arlington Branch Library on 4000 West Green Oaks Boulevard. Dr. Akkad will meet everyone in the community room for an hour of instruction that just might save the life of someone you love and care about. If you have any questions, visit the sponsor’s website at http://www.sleepss.com/ for answers.
Photo credit: Choose the sleep apnea mask that fits you by Rachel Tayse. Used under a Creative Commons license.
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