By Eugena Brooks
Did you ever wonder what caused your sleep apnea? Do you think other members of your family also have it? Are your kids or grandchildren at risk for this condition?
These common questions that most people ask are very important in understanding the family relationship this medical condition can have. Sleep apnea can, and does, run in families. It’s no coincidence that your parent or sibling has sleep apnea, and that your children can develop sleep and breathing disturbances at an early age.
Raising awareness of sleep apnea within your family and circle of friends can have a life altering effect for them. We all know how it feels to have a good night of sleep, but an undiagnosed individual does not know good sleep versus disrupted sleep. You know what you know — until you can experience a better night’s sleep.
Sleep is the third pillar of health. Along with nutrition and exercise, sleep effects all other medical conditions you may be dealing with. It effects your mood and emotions, your human performance and stamina to get through the day. Better sleep gets you out of the brain fog.
This March 20th is Sleep Apnea Awareness Day, and sleepapnea.org will be releasing new videos and events to help you deliver the message to those you care about and help get them on a path to diagnoses, treatment and a better night’s sleep.