After Years of Exhaustion, Aircraft Mechanic Now Wakes Up Rested


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Robert Upchurch jogs at Coyote Point

The triathlete, who suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, said he benefitted from a class offered by the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center.

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Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, explained how the portable sleep study, worn here for demonstration by Sleep Medicine Center medical assistant Jennifer Harpe, works. "Once all this stuff is on, you don't really feel it," Harpe said.

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Sleep Medicine Center patient Robert Upchurch holds his continuous positive airway presure machine, which he uses while sleeping to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.