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National Sleep Week at OLBH Includes Free Events

OLBH will join other facilities around the country in recognizing National Sleep Awareness Week March 5-11. OLBH will celebrate with several free community events.

In recognition of the week, the OLBH Sleep Lab will provide the following:

• The Sleep Lab will host a free CPAP mask re-fitting workshop Thursday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lab’s OLBH campus location. RSVPs are required. To RSVP, call the OLBH Sleep Lab at (606) 833-3993.

• The Alert Well and Keeping Energetic (AWAKE) sleep apnea support group will meet at Bellefonte Centre (1000 Ashland Drive) in the 5th floor conference room Friday, March 9 from noon to 1 pm. Pulmonologist Michael Ehrie, M.D., will be the guest speaker. RSVPs are required by March 2. To RSVP, call the OLBH Sleep Lab at (606) 833-3993.  The AWAKE event is for individuals who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and their families. AWAKE events take place quarterly.

National Sleep Awareness Week coincides with the upcoming Daylight Saving Time, when millions of people risk losing an hour of sleep. Many area residents loose more than an hour. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions -- such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression -- which threaten the nation's health.

Insufficient sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also poses important implications for their management and outcome. Moreover, insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year. In short, drowsy driving can be as dangerous -- and preventable -- as driving while intoxicated.
Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders. The OLBH Sleep Lab has two locations, on the OLBH campus and in downtown Ashland, for both adult and pediatric sleep studies. The OLBH Sleep Lab has a total of six registered polysomnogram technologists and board-certified sleep physicians to assist in diagnosing disorders of all varieties.

For more information about the OLBH Sleep Lab or to obtain a free brochure, contact the CareLine at (606)-833-CARE (2273).

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