Podcast Episode: Do you know about this common sleep disorder?

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Aug 08, 2023

Did you know that an estimated 1 Billion people globally suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? That is 1 in 5 adults. 

Our recent podcast guest, Laing Rikkers, shares the details of these statistics and the fact that many Americans (of all ages) don't even know that they have this common sleep disorder. While the statistics are alarming, the good news is that there are treatments available, and Laing is on a mission to advocate for people to be informed of the symptoms and get checked out.

Laing shares with us that the signs and symptoms of OSA can include: 

⚫ Snoring
⚫ Daytime drowsiness
⚫ Waking up with a dry mouth
⚫ Waking up gasping for air
⚫ Depression and moodiness

Laing Rikkers is the founder of  ProSomnus and author of Morning Leaves, and she is on a mission to educate people on the warning signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), especially after losing her sister to the disorder's complications at the age of 46. Laing and her company have developed a life-changing device for sleep apnea patients. 

Episode Highlights:

  • 4:44 What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? What are the warning signs?
  • 7:48 Why this is the best alternative device for sleep apnea.
  • 9:51 Losing her sister to complications from sleep apnea.
  • 12:13 An outlet for grief
  • 15:12 The impacts of sleep apnea. Can it take 15 years off your life?
  • 17:15 What steps should you take if you have OSA?
  • 22:27 How to find a treatment that works with your lifestyle.
  • 24:58 Why writing is healing for those grieving.
  • 28:45 How grief can be a gift.

Links and Resources

To learn more about the Prosomnus Device: https://prosomnus.com/

To read Morning Leaves: https://www.laingrikkers.com/

Listen to the full episode here: 


The information in this episode and article is educational only and is not intended to serve as medical advice. f you think you exhibit these symptoms, you should always check with your physician to learn more about your own individual risks. 


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Daisy4christ by Daisy4christ | Cairo, OU
Nov 21, 2023

Wonderful information. I learnt alot.

MrsRodriguez by MrsRodriguez | Green Bay, WI
Sep 26, 2023

My husband and I both have this and sleep so much better with our CPAP and BIPAP. We didn?t even know we had it until we paid attention to how each other was sleeping!

HoneyB221 by HoneyB221 | CEDAR HILL, TX
Sep 21, 2023

What great information! I've suffered with insomnia for years and many of the symptoms listed I've suffered from many times.I'll bring this information to my doctor to see if it my apply to me!

tammyrattler by tammyrattler | Savannah, TN
Sep 15, 2023

Yes my husband has this , for about 15 years now.

alysedebra by alysedebra | San Diego , CA
Sep 06, 2023

Great facts that I didn?t know about! Thank you for the info!

Katwall by Katwall | Richland, MO
Aug 29, 2023

I have very bad insomnia and I?m addict to sleeping pills. Sometimes I am just a zombie

didama by didama | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
Aug 09, 2023

Loved this episode. I had no idea how many people suffer from sleep apnea. So important to hear more about this and raise awareness.