Learn how much sleep you need to stay healthy at free seminar Friday sponsored by UT Physicians of Gladewater

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

GLADEWATER – Are you getting enough sleep? And how much sleep is enough? How does poor quality sleep or a lack of sleep affect your health?

For answers to these and other questions, come to a free seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Gardens of Gladewater Community Building, 108 Lee St., in Gladewater.

The seminar is sponsored by Wyn Andrews, MD, and UT Physicians of Gladewater. UTP is a physician practice associated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

James M. Stocks, MD, a UTHSCT pulmonologist and sleep specialist, will talk about untreated sleep apnea – in which you intermittently stop breathing while asleep – and how it affects your health.

Untreated sleep apnea puts you at increased risk for having a fatal heart attack or serious accident while working or driving. It also can lead to diabetes and strokes.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.

Risk factors for sleep apnea include a family history of the condition, being overweight, or having high blood pressure.

The health education seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided.

To register, please call (903) 845-4398.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond. For more information, visit www.uthct.edu.

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