Sleep apnea addressed at lunch and learn seminar

Getting a quality night’s sleep is critical to your overall health, yet there continues to be a sleep quality epidemic in the United States. If you or a loved one has disrupted breathing or snoring at night, sleep apnea could be the cause. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) will be hosting a free Lunch and Learn Seminar on April 25, to educate attendees more about sleep apnea and treatment options for this serious condition. “There are many people who are often not aware they have symptoms of sleep apnea until it is mentioned by a spouse or partner, or from testing and analysis through procedures such as a sleep study,” said Dr. Robert Eaker, a board-certified family practice physician at RPMH. “Sleep apnea not only affects your slumber, but can have a lasting impact on your health such as heart damage and hypertension.” Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder where the quality of a person’s sleep is interrupted due to abnormal and periodic pauses in breathing patterns. Those who suffer from sleep apnea may experience several symptoms, including loud snoring, restless sleep and persistent sleepiness. According to Dr. Eaker, sleep apnea can not only affect your ability to focus throughout the day, but other more serious health issues could soon develop, including diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and worsening of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While there is no magic number of hours of sleep that one should have, the National Sleep Foundation maintains that adults require approximately seven to nine hours of sleep each night to optimally function throughout the day. Recent national studies reveal that more than two-thirds of American adults and children don’t get enough sleep. “We hope those in our community who are interested will come to the Lunch and Learn Seminar and learn more about the impact that sleep apnea can have on their health and that of their loved ones,” Dr. Eaker added. The seminar will be led by Dr. Eaker and Dr. Ted Dryer, director of the Hendrick Sleep Disorders Center in Abilene. Dr. Dryer has had a long medical career, but his interest in sleep issues led him to change his practice emphasis in 2010. His specialty is also backed by board certification in sleep medicine. Hendrick Medical Supply will also be on-hand to demonstrate how equipment is used for people with sleep apnea. This will help illustrate just some of the treatment options available for treating the disorder. The RPMH Lunch and Learn Seminar on sleep apnea will take place on April 25, at the RPMH Emergency Department classroom from noon until 1 p.m. The event is free to attend, but space is limited and expected to reach capacity. Interested individuals must register before April 23 by calling 325-235-1701 ext. 221. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit