The Island Packet profiles Dr A. Joseph Borelli, a medical director diagnosed with UARS who has become an advocate for patients with sleep-breathing disorders.

Guilleminault diagnosed Borelli with upper-airway resistance syndrome (UARS), a hard-to-detect disorder in which the airway is partially obstructed during sleep. Much more common is obstructive sleep apnea, in which air flow is completely blocked multiple times during sleep. Both disorders prevent restorative sleep and can lead to chronic fatigue, migraines and depression.