Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the dangers associated with .
Thesis: Joel Greenberg, an author on the subject says Sleep Apnea, of all sleeping disorders, is the most likely to cause death, but it can be treated if the symptoms are recognized. .
What I know:.
I play baseball here at the JC and we go on alot of road trips during the season when playing in tournaments. We stay in hotels and sleep 3 or 4 to a room for several days at a time, most of the time its fun. I say most of the time cause one former teammate who will remain nameless, could singlehandedly ruin an otherwise great weekend. When coaches would gather us around and assign names to rooms everyone would dread having their name be called before or after this one teammate simply because of one minor problem of his. (Play snoring tape) This tape was made as evidence and presented to a coach last year as support for letting the teammate have his own room. To make a long story short, I was lucky enough to only have one sleepless weekend with this particular teammate, but others weren't so lucky. The man who recorded these noises remarked, "It is like sleeping in a cave with a grizzly bear." .
II. Relevance -This tape is funny, but snoring is no laughing matter. .
III. Credibility - I have learned through expierence and research that snoring is not only not fun for those who have to listen to it but even less for those who suffer from snoring's cousin, sleep apnea. After I learned that my teammate may have been suffering from sleep apnea I wondered about my Dad who was a pretty big snorer himself.
Yes, it can quite a nuisance, but it can also be the result of a very serious condition. The book "Snoring: Its Causes and Treatments" reports a National Family Opinion Poll revealed that 90 million Americans snore - 37 million on a regular nightly basis (CNS). The American Sleep Apnea Association says that of those, sleep apnea affects 12 million Americans of various age, gender, and ethnicity.