Former Packer sleeps better after apnea diagnosis, treatments

By MITCHELL VANTREASE, DAILY NEWS-SUN — From eastvalleytribune.com Published at August 11, 2011 Views 5,371 Comments 2

Three years ago, doctors diagnosed former NFL player Aaron Taylor with sleep apnea.

When he first learned of his particular condition, Taylor immediately thought about friend and former teammate Reggie White, who died in 2004 from sleep apnea.

“Reggie was in the back of my mind when I first started dealing with this,” Taylor said. “I had to do something about this not only for myself, but for my family.”

The former Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers lineman’s wife noticed he snored and didn’t breath 12 to 18 times an hour. So he took a test that diagnosed him with sleep apnea and now uses a CPAP machine, a device that delivers continuous positive airway pressure.

Taylor speaks with local sleep doctors and sleep apnea patients about Wake Up to Sleep, a support system with coaches for those who suffer from the condition. On Thursday, Taylor visited the Phoenix Medical Group’s PM Sleep Center in Glendale.

“At first I didn’t even wear the CPAP machine because I was frustrated, since it was very uncomfortable and hard to sleep in at first,” said Taylor. “But I received some help and emotional support from trained professionals who helped me cope with this.”

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fiscusd
fiscusd September 21, 2011 at 8:09 am   

I was in denial about my Sleep Apnea for years. I had some terrible episodes in the middle of the night where I thought I might never breath again. Finally an older gentleman that I respect found out, and he told me about his sleep apnea issues, and how dangerous it could be. So I went to a clinic to be tested, then they provided a machine and taught me how to use it. It is amazing how much better I sleep now, and no more episodes in the middle of the night.

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rumblinram September 21, 2011 at 12:09 am   

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea after driving down the road and waking up in the left lane. I started in the right lane. I was so relieved to know I actually had a medical condition that made me fall asleep. I was so embarrassed when I couldn't stay awake in meetings or class and I tried everything people suggested. Standing in the back of the room, etc., etc.. When I heard Reggie White died as a result of sleep apnea I was frightened. I have to really relax myself to use the cpap, but am grateful I have a sense of humor and can joke about it. My friends are grateful too and I have made them aware that if I am driving and they see me nodding off, they request I allow them to drive.

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