National Sleep Awareness Week- A Wake-Up Call For Those Who May Not Be Getting A Good Night's Sleep

If you set your clocks one hour before 9 March, turn your attention to how well you sleep. Did you sleep?

If Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday, many Canadians will be hard to adjust to the loss of one hour sleep. But for the thousands of Canadians who suffer from sleep apnea and not know that there is a lack of a good sleep comes with serious health risks.

Sleep apnea is a serious disease that causes you to stop your breathing repeatedly during sleep. One of 25 Canadian men and women in 50 suffer from sleep apnea.

Many people have sleep apnea, but not know it. Many are diagnosed and untreated, it can cause serious health problems.

"When you sleep you are up to seven times more likely a car accident. You are three times more likely a heart attack or stroke. They are also more likely to high blood pressure, depression and diabetes," said Dr.. John Fleetham, respirologist, is chairman of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) Sleep Disordered Breathing. The CTS is the medical society of The Lung Association.

Many people who have sleep apnea may not be aware of what they do. "According to the Canadian Lung Association, the average patient waits seven years between the onset of symptoms to the point where they are a specialist for evaluation. Well, if you think you have some of the symptoms, not wait. Speak with your doctor, "said Fleetham.

Learn about the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. The Lung Association

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