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Know your Snore Score for sleep apnea risk

Use this simple “Snore Score” to see if you are at risk for sleep apnea:

S:  Snoring
Your snoring is loud and frequent.

N:  Neck size
You have a large neck size – more than 17 inches for a man, or 16 inches for a woman.

O:  Obesity
You have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.

R:  Risk factors
You have Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems.

E:  Energy
You have a lack of energy, are sleepy or feel fatigued during the day.

You have a high Snore Score if these statements describe you.  Talk to your doctor about your sleep apnea risk.  Contact an AASM accredited sleep center for help.

Former Super Bowl champ throws a block at sleep apnea

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  • CPAP
  • pop culture
  • Sleep Disorders

Lynn Celmer  |  Apr 17, 2014
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Former Super Bowl champion and college football analyst Aaron Taylor fights sleep apnea. Taylor wants people to know they don’t have to suffer. He is successfully treating his sleep apnea and he’s seen a significant improvement in his health and quality of life.

Because of their large size, football players have a higher risk of sleep apnea. It’s important that they’re evaluated by a board-certified sleep medicine physician.

At age 36, Taylor would wake up in the morning feeling tired and unrefreshed even after a full night’s sleep. Taylor had also been a snorer since high school. So he went to see a sleep physician and learned he had sleep apnea through a sleep test. Taylor uses a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask to treat his sleep apnea.

Taylor’s former teammate and friend, Reggie White, died in 2004 at the age of 43 from a cardiac condition. Sleep apnea contributed to the deterioration of White’s health and, ultimately, his death.

Taylor is promoting awareness and treatment of sleep illness. He’s working with the AASM to share his story.

Treating sleep apnea has been shown to decrease blood pressure, improve cognitive function and concentration, and reduce irritability and depression.

Learn more about the risk factors for sleep apnea and determine your Snore Score at www.sleepeducation.com. You can also find your local AASM-accredited sleep centers.


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