Sleep Apnea Can’t Stop Local Sports Announcer

Sam Madonia needs sleep. The local radio personality gets up at 4:30 five mornings a week to broadcast “AM Springfield” on WFMB before heading to work at the Secretary of State. He’s also the voice of high school football, calling games on the weekend. So when he was feeling tired and his wife of 41 years, Alice, complained that his snoring was keeping her awake, Sam sought help.

A sleep study at Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Center led to a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes an obstruction in the airway when muscles relax during sleep, which interrupts breathing, according to Lori Hutchinson, director of durable medical equipment at Memorial Home Services.

Technology used to treat apnea is a bedside machine called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP therapy gently blows air through the airway, keeping passages open to allow a good night’s sleep.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may benefit from a CPAP machine. At Memorial Home Services, you’ll receive one-on-one education about sleep apnea and CPAP machines in a comfortable, home-like setting and have all of your questions answered to help reduce anxiety and make certain you are comfortable using the equipment at home.

“I walked in not knowing what to expect, and the staff was very accommodating. They took me to a private room where they explained everything but didn’t force any products on me,” Sam said. “I was given a lot of options.”

Sam, who tried two CPAP models before finding the one that worked best for him, called his experience with Memorial Home Services “fantastic.”

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, Memorial Home Services is ready to help. Watch as our Lori Hutchinson, director of durable medical equipment at Memorial Home Services, highlights the new private setting and demonstrates the use of a CPAP machine.