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The Sleep Study That Changed Rick’s Life

A snorer most of his life, Rick of Greencastle was one of over 18 million Americans who had undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea. “I just assumed this was normal. I thought, ‘This is just the way I sleep,’ and I certainly never thought there was anything I could do about it,” explained Rick.

During a doctor’s visit in which he again complained of being constantly tired on the job, his physician Dr. Garnet Harris suggested Rick participate in a sleep study at the Hendricks Regional Health Sleep Disorders Center.

The study revealed that Rick’s oxygen levels were dropping well below 70% when he stopped breathing during the night. This type of oxygen deprivation has been directly linked to an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, higher risk of cancer, and, just like Rick was experiencing, substantial fatigue during waking hours. Based on the results of the study, the sleep specialists at the HRH Sleep Disorders Center determined that Rick needed a BiPAP machine immediately.

He saw immediate results. Rick’s sleep has improved dramatically since he started using the machine. He began falling asleep within 10 minutes of turning on the machine, where before, it took him 30-45 minutes to fall asleep. Best of all, he has found that he is more awake, has more energy, and is more focused and safer on the job.

Rick is not the only one who raves about the effects of the BiPAP. Rick’s wife is thrilled that this simple little machine has stopped Rick’s snoring, and she is sleeping better than she has in years as well.

“I didn’t realize there was something I could do,” smiles Rick. “If I had, I would have done the sleep study a lot sooner.”

Talk to your physician about sleep apnea. To find out more about a sleep disorders test, call (317) 745-3680.