Out of Breath takes an intimate and emotionally engaging look into the personal struggles of people whose lives have been severely impacted by sleep apnea. Their stories reveal how this stealthy disease has not only threatened their health but disrupted their marriages, families and careers.
The film interweaves thought-provoking conversations with preeminent sleep experts, examining the huge toll that sleep apnea has taken on communities and society as a whole. The film investigates the medical industry’s inadequate response to this public health crisis and explores the lack of treatment innovations. Out of Breath will put sleep apnea squarely where it belong – in the public eye and on the minds of health care professionals, so that the medical field will finally focus on giving one billion sleep apnea sufferers the up-to-date treatments they so urgently need.
WHY THE FILM
Sleep apnea is far too dangerous and widespread for the status quo to continue. Untreated, it leads to strokes, diabetes, heart failure and death. And yet, medical students get only four hours of training on the disease over their four years of medical school.
Fewer and fewer doctors enter the field of sleep medicine. And only one forty-year-old treatment for sleep apnea is generally prescribed. But why? The deplorable state of research into remedies for this disease is another whole topic the film will address. The film will probe some of the larger societal issues that have shaped policy about sleep apnea and created obstacles to its being better known, better studied, better diagnosed and better treated.
This is a medical emergency long overdue for action. And this documentary feature marks the beginning of meaningful change. Out of Breath will help viewers identify with those who suffer from sleep apnea and begin to understand its impact on their own lives, and will motivate them to spread the word to friends and loved ones.
Out of Breath will come as a bracing wake- up call to the public and the sleep industry. The film’s heart- grabbing look at sleep apnea through the eyes of the patients, their families, and medical professionals at the center of the crisis will educate, inspire, and spark essential conversations.
By supporting Out of Breath and joining our efforts, you can demonstrate your organization’s commitment to public health – and your desire to help raise awareness about this dangerous epidemic. Our film will be a powerful tool for engaging patients, health professionals and communities and inspiring better health outcomes.
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