Sleep Disorders

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“Understanding Sleep Problems”
More then half of American’s experience a sleep problem at some time in their life. Weather it is stress-induced insomnia, poor sleep hygiene, or a poor environment. The most common form of sleeping problem would be insomnia. Insomnia is the inability of a person to fall asleep, stay asleep, or fall back asleep upon waking. People that have insomnia often complain about impairments of attention, memory, ability to work and function. Insomnia can also affect one’s mood and cause anxiety. Insomnia can last anywhere from 2-3 weeks (short-term) to long periods of time (chronic). There are several physical, social, and mental health issues that can effect sleep patterns and cause insomnia including, but not limited to: anxiety disorders, medical conditions, depression, stress, bipolar disorders, restless leg syndrome, etc. Sleep habits and hygiene can help reduce our susceptibility to sleep insomnia. Going to bed at different times, napping, poor sleep environment, working night shifts, lack of exercise, etc. are all factors that can cause insomnia. As far as treatment and signs of this disorder go, sleep studies can be conducted to look at your symptoms, which include restlessness, waking during the night and trouble falling asleep Treatment often begins by looking at ones lifestyle and seeing how it can change. This can be a long process. Patients often want a “quick fix” and begin taking prescriptions. Some medications can cause memory problems over time and can cause withdrawal after one quits taking the drug. Many modern drugs, however, have been proven to be safe and efficient in fixing this problem.

“Sleep Apnea”
Sleep apnea is defined as a brief interruption of breathing during sleep. The throat being sucked close because the muscles are so relaxed during sleep can cause these interruptions (obstructive sleep apnea). The breathless spells can last for 10-20 seconds up to a minute, which then wakes up the person briefly so...
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