July 16, 2014
VISALIA – Tulare County residents who are having trouble
sleeping or know someone who has a sleep disorder are invited to attend Kaweah
Delta’s A.W.A.K.E support group on Monday, July 21, in Visalia.
The free support group is called A.W.A.K.E. because it helps
people stay alert, well and keep energetic.
The support group will host a CPAP workshop and free sleep
apnea screenings from 5:30-7 p.m. inside the Acequia Wing Conference Room
(first floor of Kaweah Delta Medical Center) at Acequia Avenue and Floral
Street. People should bring CPAP machine, hose and mask to the assessment. CPAP
stands for continuous positive airway pressure, a treatment that uses mild air
pressure to keep the airways open.
Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. are
diagnosed with sleep disorders each year. Long-term effects include: heart
attack, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and more. Located at 126 S.
Floral St., Kaweah Delta’s Sleep Disorders Center is an eight-room center
staffed with board-registered technologists who conduct sleep studies in a
home-like setting. All tests are interpreted by physicians who are board
certified in sleep medicine.