Sleep Apnea

Snoring is no laughing matter. Loud Snoring can be the warning sign of something seriously wrong with your breathing during sleep, a condition called sleep apnea

Does it often take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night? Or do you wake up frequently during the night – or too early in the morning – and have a have hard time going back to sleep? Have you been told that you snore loudly and sometimes have an irregular breathing pattern? When you wake up, do you feel groggy and lethargic? Do you feel drowsy during the day particularly during monotonous situations? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to any one of these questions, you may be having a sleep problem that is affecting you in ways you don’t even realize. And, you aren’t alone.

Most of us often wonder how much sleep is enough. Sleep needs vary significantly. The sleep requirement of an individual is that which makes one feel refreshed and allows him/her to function normally the following day. In general, most healthy adults need an average of six to eight hours of sleep a night. Surveys indicate that over 60 percent of adults experience problems with sleep. However neither few recognize the importance of adequate rest nor are aware that effective methods of preventing and managing sleep problems now exist. Sleep is not merely a “time out” from our busy routines; it is essential for good health, mental and emotional functioning and safety. Researchers have found that people with chronic insomnia (lack of adequate sleep) are more likely than others to develop several kinds of psychiatric problems. Even occasional sleeping problems can make daily life feel more stressful or cause you to be less productive. Sleep loss has been found to impair the ability to perform tasks involving memory, learning, and logical reasoning. This may contribute to mistakes or unfulfilled potential at school or on the job and strained relationships at home.

A problem that is significantly under-recognised both by doctors and patients is sleep apnea. Snoring is no laughing matter. Loud snoring can be the warning sign of something seriously wrong with your breathing during sleep, a condition called sleep apnea. People suffering from sleep apnea suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, which significantly affects their productivity. This condition is closely related to hypertension (high blood pressure). Patients with sleep apnea are more likely to have hypertension and those with high blood pressure may be having underlying sleep apnea. This sleep disorder also increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes. But it has been proven that if sleep apnea is treated appropriately it reduces the risks of these life-threatening problems.

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