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April 13, 1984 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-04-13

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, April 13, 1984

Stanley H.Kaplan N

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Dr. Peretz Lavie

New York — Daytime
drowsiness has been blamed
on depression, lack of vita-
mins, and poor circulation
but the culprit — says Dr.
Peretz Lavie of the Tech-
nion-Israel Institute of
Technology — might be
your nose.
Dr. Lavie is the director of
the Diagnostic Sleep Lab-
oratory at the Technion's
Faculty of Medicine and is
among the first to identify
and document the nose as a
"sleep organ." In some
patients, he says, an
obstructed nose may trigger
one of the most pervasive
sleep disorders, sleep apnea,
a nighttime breathing dis-
order which can cause ex-
cessive slaytime sleepiness.
Sleep apnea, or "Snoring
Disease," effects approx-
imately two million people
in the United States. It has
eluded medical analysis be-
cause, until recently, physi-
cians diagnosing sleep dis-
orders had to rely on their
patient's subjective com-
plaints instead of monitor-
ing their vital functions
during sleep. In the case 4
sleep apnea, the patient's
air passages are momentar-
ily blocked forcing the suf-
ferer to reawake in order to
resume breathing. This
may occur hundreds of
times during the night.

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Dr. Lavie has recorded
patients waking up an d fal-
ling asleep as often as 600
times during a single night,
and most have no aware-
ness of their repetitive suf-
focation.
"They don't know it," says
Dr. Lavie," but these
patients actually haven't
slept at all." When Snoring
Disease is identified, brea-
thing can be eased either by
use of medication or
surgery. And since most suf-
ferers of the disease are
overweight, Dr. Lavie
recommends that a patient
simply go on a diet and lose
the excess weight which is
also a cause of nighttime
breathing problems.
Dr. Lavie's research has
linked the consequences of
poor quality sleep to day-
time moodiness, accidents
in the work place, and even
to hypertension. In a report
to be published this summer

in the American Heart
Journal, Dr. Lavie reports
that 20 percent of patients
with hypertension, which
cannot be linked to direct
medical causes such as
diabetes, also suffer from
sleep apnea. And in another
study, Lavie found that
patients complaining of ex-
cessive daytime sleepiness
also had significantly more
work accidents — particu-
larly multiple accidents —
as well as more sick days per
accident than their well-
rested counterparts.

"Almost all sufferers from
Snoring Disease exhibit a
very low quality of life.
They get no satisfaction
from their jobs and often
want to change their jobs,"
says Lavie. His study con-
cludes by recommending
that industrial physicians
be made more aware of sleep
disorders in order to reduce
worker accident rate.
Historically, insomnia
was considered as the pri-
mary sleeping disorder
since it could be easily ar-
ticulated by the patient and
diagnosed by the physician.
But Dr. Lavie predicts that
as the pervasiveness and
impact of sleep apnea be-
comes more well known, the
emphasis on sleep research
will change focus from
studying people who can't
stay awake.

Comic relief

Tel Aviv — American
humor columnist Art
Buchwald and Israeli
humorist Ephraim Kishon
will join psychologists, so-
cial. scientists and profes-
sors of literature from 10
countries in taking a
studied look at laughter
during the Fourth Interna-
tional Congress on Humor,
to be held under the au-
spices of Tel Aviv Univer-
sity June 10-15.

The congress will be pre-
ceded by the First Interna-
tional Colloquium on
Jewish Humor, to be held
June 6-8.

A total of 128 papers will
be presented at the con-
gress, in addition to 34 pap-
ers on Jewish humor.

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