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  1. Adrian Zacher

    Kath, Arie, Ed, Kasha, anyone – do you have anything to add about how those around sleepy/drowsy people – how they can help them – without a screaming argument?

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  2. Adrian Zacher

    Dear Kasha. I am humbled! What lovely things you say. My heart goes out to you and I wish you every success.

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  3. Kasha Oelke

    Adrian,

    Thank you so much for writing this article. I have apnoea, yes. Kath and Edward covered those praises quite well. 🙂 I adore your article because it touches on the topic of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and calls for people to be caring, supportive and try to help. You’re right- EDS IS a serious problem that needs to be addressed. I also have Hypersomnia and this article also helps Hypersomniacs. People with EDS are often met more with annoyance rather than anyone looking at the full picture. Thank you for bringing that picture to light in a positive way. It was really refreshing to read.

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  4. Edward Grandi

    Adrian,

    Thank you for this reflection and call to action. The evidence of the consequences of not addressing poor sleep, whether due to apnoea or some other reason, is too solid to look other way. Not addressing it in children should be viewed as neglect and failing improving their sleep will be a disaster for society.

    Providing educational resources and support are key to an empowered patient. Equally important is a shift in society’s attitude to sleep – accepting that sleep is important to good health.

    Your efforts are advancing both fronts – thank you and God speed.

    efg

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    • Adrian Zacher

      Ed, thanks for your really kind words and encouragement. At Snorer.com everyone shares a passion to help – we will keep ‘banging the drum’ and hope that we can change society’s view of the value of sleep and how vital it is for continued good health and day-2-day functioning. We recognise that this is a long term struggle and in the meantime have decided to offer another way for fearful people to access expert help – through the provision of anonymity.

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  5. Arie Klerk

    About five years ago I almost had a car accident because of falling asleep for another time. I slowly got off my track and only lost a mirror. A few weeks (!) later I accompanied my wife to the doctor and in the waiting room I found a flyer about Apnea: “What is happening to me?” from the Dutch Apneuvereniging. 14 out of 15 questions had to be answered with “yes”. During my wife’s consult I showed the outcome to our doctor. He sent me to a sleep center right away: severe OSAS! The doctor had followed a course on sleep apnoea a few weeks before… Now I’m a staff member of the Apneuvereniging…
    How many time bombs are driving on the roads now?

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    • Adrian Zacher

      Dear Arie,

      Thanks for sharing your worrying story! I hope that it inspires others to seek help promptly. You are so right when you question how many ‘time bombs’ are driving on the roads. We would go further and add how many in multiple roles where vigilance is critical for safety (pilots, master mariners, air traffic control, train drivers…. the list goes on and on) are either in denial or too worried about losing their job to seek help.

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  6. Kath Hope - Hope2Sleep

    My own personal experience was that my Sleep Apnoea was picked up at an ENT consultation where I’d gone about my ears, so it was a surprise that he wanted me testing for Sleep Apnoea. It was an even bigger surprise when I got diagnosed with Severe Sleep Apnoea!! Not once did I or my GP connect the exhaustion to my snoring and sleep and I blamed by heavy workload. Anti-depressants regularly feature on my prescription forms too over the years 🙁

    Bearing in mind most yawning is done when we’re tired, I would urge anyone with daytime tiredness/sleepiness to investigate whether it could be Sleep Apnoea or another sleep disorder, and especially if you’re a snorer. What does upset me is when people get investigated AFTER the stroke or heart attack, and especially as my own mother died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 49 and was untreated for her Sleep Apnoea – hindsight eh?

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    • Adrian Zacher

      Dear Kath,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences for the benefit of others. How sad your story is – but I imagine not unique.

      You’re so right about health investigations only occurring (it seems) after something has gone wrong. It is disappointing – and that’s one of the reasons why we are trying to change things with ASAP℠

      Thanks again.

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