Taking apnea to the mall

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12/17/2009

I don't follow football but I do follow sleep apnea and I know that football players are as likely to suffer from the disease as anyone else. According to an article posted on the Pittsburghchannel.com, Steeler Deshea Townsend took an apnea screening test at an area mall on Tuesday. He plans to take a sleep test after Pittsburgh's season ends.

Sleep screenings were held to give men a chance (and no excuse not to) to get tested while out shopping. It was organized by ESPN 1250 general manager Mike Thompson who suffers from sleep apnea.

"I get eight hours of sleep. I have more energy, more vitality. My blood pressure -- despite my size -- is normal, and since 1992, it changed my life," Thompson said in the article.

Theresa Flaherty