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Group hopes to put you to sleep

Group hopes to put you to sleep

Tulare County residents who are having trouble sleeping or know someone who has a sleep disorder are invited to attend Kaweah Delta’s A.W.A.K.E support group on Monday, March 25, in Visalia.

The free support group is called A.W.A.K.E. because it helps people stay alert, well and keep energetic.

Eric Altamirano, manager of the Kaweah Delta Sleep Disorders Center will discuss diagnostic sleep testing and provide a tour of the sleep center. The support group will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. inside the Acequia Wing Conference Room (first floor of Kaweah Delta Medical Center) at Acequia Avenue and Floral Street.

Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sleep disorders each year. The long-term effects of a sleep disorder can be serious and include heart attack, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and more.

Located at 126 S. Floral St., Kaweah Delta’s Sleep Disorders Center is an eight-room center staffed with board-registered technologists who conduct sleep studies in a home-like setting. All tests are interpreted by physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine.

Established in 1963, Kaweah Delta Health Care District celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. Kaweah Delta is a 581-bed district and is the only level III trauma center serving Tulare and Kings counties. The district offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program to nationally-recognized orthopedic and cancer programs. For more information, visitwww.kaweahdelta.org or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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