Allen Manus, Certified Respiratory Therapist
First, an introduction. My name is Allen and I have been in and around sleep medicine for the better part of 20 years. I have worked with Dr. Noah and his associates since 1996 and graduated from respiratory therapy school in 2000. In that time, I have held a variety of titles. Currently I am a physician extender. I am responsible for obtaining information for sleep consultations. I am also responsible for performing/ overseeing all PAP set ups. But as they say, I’m not just the president. I’m also a member. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2005 and have been on cpap since that time.
So let’s talk sleep. Sleep is something that we devote a third of our lives to but is not taken very seriously. Why is that? I think it is the American way. We focus so much on job, family and life responsibilities. We stay so busy that there is just not enough time in the day. So, what do we do? Do we give up jobs? Family time? Of course we do not. We give up sleep. We are now a sleep deprived nation. In fact, sleep deprivation is the most common sleep disorder in the US. That is not a big deal, right? We can get by with a little less sleep, right? Wrong. Studies show that sleep deprivation alone can contribute to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and others. Moral of the story is get enough sleep! So how much sleep is enough? While this will vary from person to person, the average adult will require 7-8 hours of sleep regularly to feel rested. Teens need 9 hours of sleep and even more for younger children. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of enough sleep.
At the sleep center, we treat a multitude of sleep disorders; 92 of them in fact. We certainly can take care of your sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, etc. but if you want to feel your best, adequate sleep is crucial.