Tricounty News

A.W.A.K.E. Support Group meets Sept. 21

More than 12 million Americans are believed to have some degree of sleep-disordered breathing, including sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common but serious disorder in which breathing stops for 10 seconds or longer numerous times during sleep each night. Sleep apnea in turn is a major risk factor for a number of serious and even life-threatening health problems, including heart attack.

Troy Payne, MD, Sleep Center medical director, will discuss positive airway pressure, surgery, oral appliance therapy and new experimental options to treat sleep apnea during the A.W.A.K.E. Support Group (A.W.A.K.E.: Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) and annual health fair from

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Windfeldt room at CentraCare Health Plaza. People diagnosed with sleep disorders are encouraged to attend. Venders from various home care companies will be available with the latest equipment and to answer any questions.

The next A.W.A.K.E. Support meeting will be in May. If you think you may have a sleep disorder, or would like more information, please call (320) 251-0726.