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Sleepless in Greene County? Sleep Apnea Topic Of May 10 ‘Time Out’ At Takoma Hospital
 GREENEVILLE, TN – Do you wake up tired – even after eight hours of sleep? Chances are, you have a common condition called sleep apnea.

   Dr. Robert Locklear, an internist with Takoma Medical Associates and a member of the American Association of Sleep Medicine, will discuss symptoms and treatment of this disorder at the next “Time Out For Your Health” lecture-luncheon series.

   “More than 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea,” Locklear said. “It’s very common, as common as adult diabetes.”

   Locklear -- who graduated from medical school at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and performed his residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. -- will speak at noon on Wednesday, May 10, at the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center at Takoma Adventist Hospital. A catered lunch will precede the program at 11:30 a.m.

   Sufferers of sleep apnea (pronounced ap-knee-uh) literally stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of throat collapses and closes during sleep.

   Risk factors include being male, overweight and over the age of 40, Locklear noted. “But sleep apnea can strike anyone, even children,” he said.

   Untreated, sleep apnea can cause memory problems, weight gain, high blood pressure, impotency and headaches.

   “The good news is sleep apnea can be treated, and the great news for Greene County residents is that it can be treated locally at Takoma Adventist Hospital,” Locklear said.

   Takoma’s Center for Sleep Disorders was the first of its kind in this county, he noted. “There is hope for those who have this condition,” Locklear said. “It is something that can be corrected.”

   Locklear also will address treatment options at the lecture. “Generally, patients have a sleep study performed, which can be done at Takoma, and are given a special mechanical device called a C-Pap (continuous positive airway pressure) unit,” said Locklear, who interpretes Takoma’s sleep studies. “It’s amazing how much this one device can change the quality of their lives.”

   The “Time Out” program costs $5, which includes a heart-healthy lunch. Reservations are required. For more information, please call the Takoma Hospital Volunteers at 639-3151, Ext. 2103.