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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 21, 2019 10:19 AM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Designating March 3-10, 2019, as “Sleep Apnea Awareness Week”
More than 18 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Prominent symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, awakening out of breath during the night, as well as mood and memory problems. About 2-3% of American children also suffer from sleep apnea. “Sleep Apnea Awareness Week” is sponsored by the American Sleep Association to increase awareness about the dangers of untreated sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed, and, if left untreated, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and other ailments and automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel.

Please consider joining me in promoting awareness of this disorder, and encouraging those who think they may have the disorder to seek medical treatment before they develop severe health problems, by recognizing March 3-10, 2019, as “Sleep Apnea Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR144