2017 Sleep Apnea Awareness Day


WHEREAS, sleep apnea is a common, chronic disorder in which one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breathing occurs during sleep; and

WHEREAS, sleep apnea is thought to affect at least nine percent of women and 24 percent of men in the United States; and

WHEREAS, sleep apnea can be a complicating factor in the administration of general anesthesia during surgery; and

WHEREAS, depression, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes are just a few of the harmful health consequences of an undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorder; and

WHEREAS, sleep apnea can be treated with continuous positive airway pressure therapy, which supplies pressurized air through a breathing mask that prevents the airway from collapsing; and

WHEREAS, sleep studies are used to help healthcare providers diagnose whether an individual has a sleeping disorder by measuring how well an individual sleeps and how the body responds to sleep problems;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 10, 2017, as sleep apnea awareness day in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.