DENNISON -- To promote better sleep for area residents, Trinity Hospital Twin City is inviting the public to "Wake Up to Better Health" at a free healthy sleep mini seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the hospital's first floor St. Francis Conference room. Those who attend will receive a free sleep apnea screening, healthy snacks, tour of the hospital's sleep lab, educational information and the opportunity to hear from Jessica Stolz, a Certified Nurse practitioner and Sleep Medicine Specialist with the hospital-owned Trinity Medical Group.

Stolz and Trinity Hospital Twin City's sleep medicine team consisting of Sara Black, Respiratory Therapist, and Jack Haga, Jr., Respiratory therapist, will all be available to explain why sufficient sleep is vital for good health. Stolz will also share tips for getting a better night's sleep and describe why sleep apnea is a real problem with real solutions.

"We wanted to offer the community the opportunity to learn more about a problem that affects more than 28 percent of adults -- insufficient sleep," shared Tiffany Poland, Trinity Hospital Twin City director of Community Outreach. "According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep impairment is linked as a contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Those who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, depression or obesity."

Sleep insufficiency and poor sleep quality also can result from sleep disorders such as chronic insomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea or narcolepsy. Common symptoms of a sleep disorder can include excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, awakenings for uncertain reasons, gasping or choking at night, restless sleep, irritability, poor memory, and/or morning headaches.

"With sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, what you don't know could hurt you," explained Stolz. "We hope everyone will join us for this important event to learn more about healthy sleep since many of us either experience sleep challenges ourselves or know a loved one who does."

For information or to register for the free "Wake Up to Better Health" healthy sleep mini seminar at Trinity Hospital Twin City, visit www.trinitytwincity.org or call 740-922-7450, ext. 2181.