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Published on October 05, 2012

Learn the latest about treating sleep apnea 

SleepMONTEREY, Calif. — Specialists from the Sleep Disorders Center of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula will talk about the latest research, treatment, and equipment for coping with sleep apnea at an October 15 of AWAKE (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energized), a free support group.

Sleep apnea, which affects an estimated 12 million Americans, is a breathing disorder in which airflow is restricted or completely blocked. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway. 

Meetings of AWAKE are led by the Sleep Disorders Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The October 15 meeting is from 6:30-8:15 p.m. in conference rooms A and B of the hospital, 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey. No registration is required. For more information, call 649-7210.  
 
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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL  
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices.