Sleepy Time in the SEC


The start of Football Season is only weeks away…Saturdays are marked off on the calendar, you may have been reading up on the key players for each team, and you’ve probably already been staking out (or at least thinking about) a prime parking or tailgating spot.  As a tipoff to this beloved season, enjoy some lighthearted stats about the sleep habits of the SEC mascots…a perfect conversation starter for your next tailgate:

• “Big Al” the elephant, of the University of Alabama, snoozes for an average of 3-4 hours each day.
• “Tusk”, hailing from the University of Arkansas, averages 7 hours of hog-worthy sleep per day.
• The trio of Tigers in the SEC Conference (“Aubie” from Auburn University, “Mike” of LSU, and last but certainly not least, Mizzou’s own “Truman”), each take in approximately 16 hours of shuteye daily.
• “Albert” and “Alberta” Gator (University of Florida), get the majority of their rest while basking in the glow of the warm Florida sun.
• “Scratch”, the University of Kentucky’s main Wildcat, averages 13-14 hours of rest each day.
• There’s quite a pack of pups in the SEC as well— “Uga” (Georgia), “Bully Bulldog” (Mississippi State), “Smokey” (Tennessee), “Reveille” (Texas A&M), and “Mr. Commodore” (Vanderbilt)—they have all been known to devote around 11 hours a day to sleep.
• “Rebel Black Bear” of Ole Miss keeps active nearly 24/7 during spring and summer, and takes in less than 4 hours of sleep each day during the fall.
• The University of South Carolina’s “Cocky” the Gamecock won’t sleep through game day—gamecocks are known to keep a similar schedule to humans, sleeping at night, ready to go at dawn.

Although the duration and style of sleep varies by species, the fact remains, we all need sleep!  But what if after getting the recommended “8 hours,” you still feel groggy and fatigued? Not only is this dangerous when driving or operating machinery, but it can also lead to being unproductive at work, with daily tasks, and life in general. More importantly, it may be a sign that you suffer from a serious health condition called sleep apnea.

Specially-trained dentists can help patients with Sleep Apnea or CPAP intolerance get back to a good night’s sleep without surgery.  If you’ve been told you snore, think you have sleep apnea, or haven’t had much luck with CPAP, know that customized treatment is available for you.

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