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Holiday Weight Gain May Contribute to Sleep Apnea Extra Pounds May Produce Severe Problems for Adults
Date:12/25/2008

of someone literally fighting for his or her life.

Studies show that one in five adults literally suck their upper airway shut and stop breathing from five to more than 100 times per hour for up to 60 seconds. People who have obstructed breathing during sleep, in its severest form, are three times more likely to die when compared to people with normal nighttime breathing.

"It's pretty startling to see what five or 10 pounds can do to someone when it comes to developing or aggravating sleep apnea," Lawler said. "It may be that delicate threshold where that extra weight adds significant complications to someone's sleep."

To learn more about Dr. Lawler's findings and his ongoing work in dental sleep medicine, visit his Web site at www.thecenterforsoundsleep.com.

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