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What is Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops for brief periods of time while a person is sleeping. These episodes of interrupted breathing last anywhere from 10-30 seconds at a time, and may occur up to 20-30 times per hour. Over the course of a single night's sleep, this can mean up to 400 episodes of interrupted breathing.
Dispelling Sleep Myths Waking up with bags beneath your eyes is the least of yourworries if you're not getting the deep sleep every human being requires.And while every person is different, most people function wellon about eight hours of sleep."The average, when you look across the board, is 7-1/2 toeight hours of sleep is best. Not everyone requires that, some peo...Read more
Sleep Apnea Causes
There are three types of respiratory events: Obstructive apnea-caused by a temporary, partial, or complete blockage of the airwayCentral apnea-caused by a temporary failure to make an effort to breatheMixed apnea-combination of the first two types ...
What Aging Has to Do With Snoring Is your spouse bothered by your snoring? When you were younger, they werent bothered before, but you may have noticed that as you have gotten older, youve developed the annoying nocturnal behavior. Various behaviors can contribute to your snoring, such as drinking alcoholic beverages or taking certain medications, but just the process of getting ol...Read more
Sleep Apnea Risks
Are Lazy Cakes Dangerous? Okay, so what could possibly be better than a yummy brownie that helps you sleep? Not much, say manufacturers of new melatonin-laced snacks who claim their confections are sweet and safe treats for the weary. What’s the hitch? Well, medical experts aren’t so sure. Melatonin, sold over the counter as a dietary supplement, is a hor...Read more
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The actual symptoms of sleep apnea when it's occurring are: Very loud snoringEpisodes of long pauses of interrupted breathing during sleepPossibly struggling, snorting, gasping, choking, and partially or completely awakening in an attempt to restart breathing Symptoms that occur as a result of th...
Insomnia Symptoms & Cures For many busy Americans, sleep is not a luxury they can afford to lose. Insomnia is a crippling sleep disorder that hinders a persons ability to fall and/or remain asleep. Trouble falling asleep, waking up repeatedly at night, and excessive tiredness during the day are all symptoms of insomnia. Understanding the types and causes of insomnia is the ...Read more
Sleep Apnea Prevention
There are a few things you can do to lower your risk of sleep apnea. These include: Maintain an Appropriate Weight Overweight is the number one risk factor for sleep apnea. If you are overweight, you may be able to prevent the development of sleep apnea by talking to your doctor about a weight los...
Creating a Healthy Sleep Routine Your head pounds. You feel unmotivated, irritable, anddepressed. You can't concentrate or come up with creative ideas foryour project at work. The dinner party you were looking forward toall week suddenly feels like an enormous burden on your dwindlingenergy reserves. You wish the world would leave you alone, at leastuntil you had a chance t...Read more
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The goal of treatment for sleep apnea is to decrease the frequency or completely eliminate episodes of breathing interruption. Treatment may involve the following: A number of drugs have been investigated for use in treating sleep apnea. Modafinil (Provigil) has been used to reduce sleepiness in people with daytime sleepiness. Omeprazole (Prilosec) is another medication that has been used to reduce the number of apnea attacks.
Light May Treat Sleep Problems Blue light treatments may improve sleep quality in older adults, U.S. researchers found. Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., tested whether a device used to deliver blue light directly to the eyes would affect circadian rhythms -- the body's internal clock that regulates when and how much people sleep and other biolog...Read more
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