April 18, 2017: Sleep Apnea Awareness Day

WHEREAS, sleep apnea is a common, chronic disorder in which one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breathing occurs during sleep; and,

WHEREAS, sleep apnea results in poor sleep and is a leading cause of daytime sleepiness; and,

WHEREAS, physicians and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea should be notified of their condition as anesthesia and certain medications can create a dangerous situation when administered to someone with sleep apnea; and,

WHEREAS, many people afflicted by sleep apnea do not know they have it, anesthesiologists and pain clinicians are well advised to screen their patients for sleep apnea prior to administering treatment; and,

WHEREAS, a continuous positive airway pressure device, or CPAP can be utilized to continually supply pressurized air to an individual’s lungs and airway to help treat this condition;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do herby proclaim April 18, 2017 as Sleep Apnea Awareness Day in Michigan.