For African-Americans, sleep specialist Asefa Jejaw Mekonnen says the potential to develop sleep apnea is particularly high, reports the Montgomery County Sentinel.

“Lack of information and lack of access to service are the main reasons,” says Mekonnen, noting that, “We have to increase awareness to the African American community aggressively.”

For people interested in making an appointment with the Sleep Center, they should be prepared to undergo a comprehensive evaluation and physical exam, which includes a look at their airway and any obstructions.

via Sleep Center in Rockville says help is available for African Americans suffering from sleep apnea.