H Charles Jelinek Jr DDS January 2019

Reggie White’s Medical Legacy

WHAT A FOOTBALL STAR AND HIS WIFE CAN TEACH US ABOUT SLEEP APNEA

Football fans will always remember Reggie White. Who can forget the Minister of Defense barreling across the line to take out an unsuspecting quarterback, especially in Super Bowl XXXI? Perhaps the only people who don’t like to remember this are the New England Patriots and former quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Sadly, this star defensive end didn’t live long enough to hear his name called for the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Reggie died of a heart attack spurred by sleep apnea less than a week after his 43rd birthday in Dec. 2004. Sleep apnea plagued Reggie since his mid-20s, and he reportedly rarely used his prescribed CPAP machine. But it’s also a condition his wife, Sara, feared would swallow him up every night they went to sleep. She would stay awake each night because she felt it was her job to keep him alive. Her burden was one no spouse or partner should have to bear. Sleep apnea is an obstructive airway condition that often results in snoring. For most patients, restlessness, fatigue, and headaches are common symptoms as well. For their sleeping partners, these symptoms can be just as much of a struggle. According to a 2017 study by Faith S. Luyster, Ph.D., partners of those with sleep apnea were three times more

likely to report insomnia and two times more likely to report fatigue than the general population. About 55 percent of those studied also said that their partner’s snoring disturbed their sleep every night, and they felt a need to monitor their spouse’s breathing throughout the night.

As a mourning widow, Sara turned her worst fear into a program for good. With the help of the Sleep Wellness Institute in West Allis, Wisconsin, Sara began the Reggie White Sleep Disorders Research and Education Foundation, Inc. The organization provides low-income families affordable treatment and education for sleep treatments, helping patients and their partners sleep soundly. If you snore or if your partner’s snoring is keeping you awake, take action before it’s too late. Dr. H. Charles Jelinek Jr. and his team of experts can help you and your loved one find the peace of mind you all deserve. Call our office today at 703-584-5996 and rest easier.

INGREDIENTS Brussels Sprout Hash

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Standard hashmay be a no-go on paleo diets, but there’s nothing off-programabout this Brussels sprout version. It’s perfect for a Sunday brunch.

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups Brussels sprouts, finely shredded

1 sprig fresh rosemary

4 eggs

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup onions, chopped

Salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. In a cast-iron skillet or large sauté pan, heat oil to medium. 2. Once shimmering, add rosemary for 1 minute, then remove sprig. 3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add onion and garlic, and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes. 4. Increase heat to medium-high, add Brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. 5. Using a large spoon, create 4 wells for eggs. Pour 1 egg into each well and cook until set. 6. Carefully remove eggs and Brussels sprouts from pan and serve.

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