Sairam Parthasarathyhe
Sairam Parthasarathyhe

For most of us, the struggle to stay healthy is the focus of a large portion of our efforts, particularly in our retirement years. Making sure to eat a healthy diet, spend time in beneficial exercise, and keep medical tests and prescriptions up to date should keep us on the right track.  But there is another element that plays a major role in our well-being­—sufficient and effective sleep.

Effective sleep is key, but a large percentage of us are actually prevented from it by a silent disorder that can damage our health:  sleep apnea.

Dr. Sairam Parthasarathyhe, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the University of Arizona, will speak at the Arizona Senior Academy on Friday (Feb. 19) at 3:30 p.m. about “Sleep Health: The New Frontier.”  He will be presenting the most current research and treatment alternatives available to those suffering from sleep-related breathing disorders.

An expert in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, Parthasarathy completed his residency and fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona since August 2004, and was named medical director of the Center for Sleep Disorders when it was created in January 2012.

Parthasarathy is passionate about the importance of sleep disorders not only as a private but as a public health problem. “We know with the Exxon Valdez disaster that the ship’s captain was sleep-deprived, and we had, essentially, an environmental nightmare because of one person’s sleep deprivation,” he said, adding that new research also shows a direct connection between sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.

Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

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‘Sleep Health: The New Frontier’: February 2016