Hospital to hold sleep apnea presentation

Doctor will address sleep issues, diseases that may affect rest



SOLEN AREF, Evergreen reporter

Pullman Regional Hospital will host a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, in celebration of the hospital’s Sleep Center Lab receiving accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in October 2019.

Local residents who suffer from sleep apnea have an opportunity to learn from an expert on pulmonology and sleep medicine.

PRH doctor Vinod Mehta will be hosting a short presentation about sleep apnea.

Jennifer Saarela, assistant director of cardiopulmonary, said the presentation will be an overview of sleep apnea, other sleep issues and diseases that cause sleep issues.

“Sleep apnea appears to be a common problem in the Pullman area,” Saarela said. “Up until just maybe the last five to 10 years, it’s been an unrecognized problem.”

Sleep apnea can impact anyone, but it is especially hard for students who have early classes.

“If I had sleep apnea, I wouldn’t feel well rested enough to go to class, so I would skip my classes” said Allie Tuck, WSU neuroscience major.

She said it must be hard for students who do.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Saarela said people are encouraged to come with questions about sleep apnea, CPAP therapy and any other sleep-related questions.