DARIEN, Ill., Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and former NFL offensive
"Sleep apnea afflicts nearly 30 million American adults, and most of them remain untreated, increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and Type 2 diabetes," said AASM President Dr. Douglas B. Kirsch. "With Aaron's help, we hope to further educate the community about the warning signs of sleep apnea and demonstrate that many of the damaging effects of the disease can be stopped, and even reversed, through diagnosis and treatment by the sleep team at an accredited sleep center."
For Taylor, sleep apnea is personal. An avid snorer since he was in high school, he found himself with a lack of energy that began to affect his family life and performance on the field. However, it was not until two friends with sleep apnea died prematurely that he sought help from his doctor.
"At the end of the day, I wasn't going to let unhealthy sleep take away the opportunities I have in life to spend precious time with my wife and children," said Taylor. "My family encouraged me to undergo a sleep study, and it was one of the best decisions of my life because I started feeling like my old self again and getting more of what I wanted out of my life. I want to share my experience with others and hope these public service announcements further a much-needed conversation about sleep apnea."
In a 30-second PSA, Taylor speaks with studio host Adam Zucker and fellow football analysts Randy Cross and Brian Jones about the sleep apnea warning signs that he experienced. Taylor also urges viewers to get help for sleep apnea in a 15-second PSA.
According to the AASM, typical risk factors and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
For more information, visit DefendSleep.com. To request a copy of the PSAs or an interview with Taylor about his personal experience with sleep apnea, please email mkasik(at)lcwa(dot)com.
About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) improves sleep health and promotes high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards. The AASM has a combined membership of 10,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals.
SOURCE American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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