a light-hearted site with a serious message
It's time for a nationwide conversation on sleep and in particular, the problems associated with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Millions of adults and children snore and a large percentage of those who snore have sleep apnea - a medical condition in which breathing can stop hundreds of times throughout the night. Sleep apnea is related to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, ED and excessive daytime sleepiness - a causative factor for vehicular and workplace accidents.The cost of treating these co-morbidities (associated illnesses) of snoring and sleep apnea amounts to billions of dollars.
Most sleep apneics snore and abrupt cessation of snoring during sleep is the sign most easily recognized by the suffering bed partner. Millions of people still view snoring as simply an annoyance and build snoring rooms to muffle the sounds or rely on over-the-counter devices, sprays, ear plugs and myriad other ineffective solutions to control the noise.
Snoring is no joke, it is a medical condition that can have serious medical ramifications. We have a huge public health problem affecting the health and quality of life of millions of people who have not been identified as having sleep apnea and treated.
Wanda Lindsay's Story
The medical and dental professions have failed when it comes to educating the public about the seriousness of the problem which is why those of us at Snoring Isn't Sexy, other responsible, health-oriented companies and concerned physicians and dentists are launching the Stop the Snoring, Save the World campaign. Only 10 to 15% of the estimated 20 million sleep apneics in the United States have been diagnosed and treated leaving millions sleep deprived and suffering from the co-morbidites of the disease. Simply stated, or needs to be done.
It's far too difficult at this time to be diagnosed and treated for obstructive sleep apnea. The process is complex , involved, time-consuming and expensive. Stop the Snoring - Save the World Campaign is encouraging input from all with ideas on how to simplify the diagnostic process and treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
The conversation must start with you - the person who snores and the bed partner of the snorer. Help us get the conversation going by submitting you snoring and apnea stories. How has snoring changed your life, your relationships or your marriage? Has sleep apnea changed the quality of life of a loved one? Tell us your story and we'll publish it at this site. Funny or serious, we're interested in your story. We'll keep your story anonymous or tell people who you are and where you live if that's your choice.
The Stop the Snoring, Save the World campaign will consist of a good-humored approach designed to attract public attention to medical condition of snoring and the medically approved options for treatment. Marketing materials for direct mail campaigns, business cards, branded products and social media will be available to all particpating doctors and sponsors for distribution to the public as well as at this informational web site. Contact us for more information.