Ray’s Story: After Falling Asleep At the Wheel, He Got Sleep Help

Harley “Ray” Emmons was dozing off at his desk in the middle of the day. But, when he fell asleep at the wheel, he knew his sleeping issues were serious.

Ray went to his family doctor and explained his constant fatigue. His physician suggested that the specialists at the Miami Valley Hospital Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders test him. They determined he has sleep apnea. “I’d never heard of the term but I had a very bad case,” Harley says.

Ray’s brother died of sleep apnea. “He was 55, and over the years the lack of oxygen deteriorated his heart.”

Ray was fitted for a CPAP machine 10 years ago and hasn’t had sleep issues since. “It has literally changed my life,” says Ray. “I can’t sleep without it, and I’m not dozing off anymore. I feel great.” Ray strongly recommends that anyone feeling constant fatigue or waking up in the middle of the night see his or her physician. “I would definitely recommend the Sleep Center at Miami Valley Hospital.”

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