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Our specialty is sleep disorders and we want to educate the public on what are common sleep disorders and how they are treated. The most common sleep problem would be breathing disorders AKA sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where as you sleep, your airway closes and causes a drop in oxygen. An emergency response in your body kicks in to increase your heartbeat and slightly awakens you so that you can gasp for air. A CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure) device is the most successful way to treat sleep apnea. CPAP is a breathing device that helps hold your airway open so you can breathe as you need too.

Without CPAP compliance (proper regular use), sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your heart, memory, immune system, physical/mental energy levels and much more. Left untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, obesity, excessive daytime sleepiness and insulin resistance among other things.

For a patient to use this device they need to LOVE it! Improving CPAP compliance is a tough problem and we decided to take on this challenge. We started working very closely with our patients to discover the reasons for their non-compliance. Our goal was to make them say that they love their CPAP. One patient at a time, we started seeing the success of our program. As you can see in the graph, our patients are much more compliant than the national average.

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At the Sleep Health 2013 Conference, Dr. Subodh Agrawal brought up within his presentation a critical phrase that everyone should know: 'Drowsiness is a Red Alert.'

 

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 Pictured above is Dr. Subodh Agrawal at the University of Georgia Hotel & Convention Center during Sleep Health 2013.

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