April 26, 2012 at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas Texas, a free event was held to raise awareness of the dangers of sleep apnea and snoring. Former NFL Lineman Derek Kennard is among the contributors sharing personal experiences and struggles with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) to the audience of potential sufferers. Showing support and contributing in the event are Dental Sleep Medicine experts from Sleep Group Solutions, Gergens Orthodontic Lab and LoneStar Dental Sleep Medicine.
Why NFL members and athletes to raise awareness of sleep apnea? Over 60% of NFL linemen suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A Scripps Howard News Service study stated heavy athletes are more than twice as likely to die before their 50th birthday than their slimmer teammates. Reggie White’s passing, Percy Harvins’ treatment, and the death of Derek Kennards’ brother Donald in 2009 has inspired many athletes to step up and speak about the severity of sleep apnea. “A Good nights sleep can change your life! I wake up refreshed, well rested, my eyes aren’t red anymore. I don’t look or feel tired anymore. If I’d met Mr. Gergen sooner, we could have saved my Brother Donald Kennards” life.” says Derek Kennard former NFL superstar. His brother, Don Kennard died in his sleep in 2009 from sleep apnea. “…this could have been prevented. RIP Don, I Love You Man!”
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