National Federation of the Blind's southeast chapter talks sleep disorders

By COLBY DENTON 

Posted 3/7/18

The Southeast Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind met in February with guest speaker Wendy Osteen, a registered nurse from Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. about Non-24 hour sleep disorder.

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The Southeast Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind met in February with guest speaker Wendy Osteen, a registered nurse from Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. about Non-24 hour sleep disorder.

Osteen spoke to the organization about how circadian rhythm is a body’s natural clock, which lets it know when to sleep and when to awaken.

Serotonin is the awaken hormone and melatonin is the sleep hormone. Non-24 occurs when the circadian rhythm is out of balance, which causes an inability to differentiate between day and night or light and dark. The disorder is not limited to totally blind individuals, and can impact those with normal vision as well.

The Southeast chapter is an active and social support and advocacy group for the blind and visually impaired of Bradley County and surrounding areas.

Its next meeting is Monday, March 19, at the Cleveland Family YMCA in its party room from 1-3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Mary Brown from the Athens Lions Club. After that, the next meeting will be Monday, March 26, at Leisure Time Bowling on Keith Street, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Southeast chapter asks that you bring money for bowling and the snack bar. The club gets shoes and two games of bowling for $5.

The organization asks that if anyone knows someone who is blind or visually impaired to invite them to come and join the Southeast chapter’s support group. For further questions, please contact Christy at 423-665-2954, or send an email to secnfb@gmail.com.

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