Charles' Story

People who snore are often the subject of jokes, but snoring is no laughing matter—it can actually be a sign of a potentially serious disorder called sleep apnea. At the Center for Advanced Sleep Medicine at University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center, our specialists are helping people sleep better and live longer, healthier lives.

Like so many people, Charles Guy knew he snored, but until he underwent some routine medical tests, he had no idea he had a potentially serious condition called sleep apnea.

Charles participated in a sleep study at UH Geneva Medical Center’s Center for Advanced Sleep Medicine, located within The Lodge at Geneva State Park. For Charles, the results were stunning.

He was stopping breathing 71 times an hour – more than once every minute.

Sleep apnea doesn’t just cause fatigue, it can also lead to potentially life threatening complications, such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and even diabetes.

Charles was fitted with a breathing device called a CPAP. It helps keep his airway open at night so that he can breathe.

Once he got used to wearing it he felt like a new man. To get up in the morning and say “Gee, I got a good nights sleep. Gee, I feel great. Gee, I think I’ll go to bed and do it again!”

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