Do you suffer from snoring or wake up still feeling tired? According to the National Sleep Foundation, over 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. The Sleep Center at St. Luke's Health-Memorial Livingston offers East Texans an easy and convenient option in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders with the latest in medical technology.
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DO YOU HAVE A SLEEPING DISORDER?
Did you know that researchers estimate as many as 25 million people suffer from some type of sleeping disorder, including sleep apnea? Did you know that less than one million of these people realize that they have a sleeping disorder? Getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night is important for good health. Sleep is essential to our emotional and physical health. When we are deprived from quality and consistent sleep, we may not be able function properly during our waking hours.
Take a moment and answer the following questions. If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you could have a sleeping disorder. If your answer is “yes” to three or more you could be at risk of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a life-threatening illness that causes you to stop breathing while you are sleeping.
- Have you been told that you snore?
- Are you tired during the day even though you feel that you rested well the night before?
- Have you been told that you stop breathing during sleep?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Are you sleepy during the day?
- Are you restless when you sleep?
- Do you have night sweats?
- Do you awaken with headaches?
- Do you fall asleep during activities (i.e. driving, discussions, etc.)?
- Are you overweight?
- Have others noticed a change in your personality?
UNDERSTANDING & TREATING SLEEPING DISORDERS
Most adults require at least eight hours of sleep every night in order to be well rested. However, the majority of Americans do not get the sleep they need. In fact, more than 40 million people in the United States suffer from some type of sleep disorder each year.
Sleep deprivation can result in numerous health problems, and it can have a negative impact on problems like diabetes and blood pressure.
The amount of sleep you get each night can be impacted by:
- Working Long Hours
- Feeling too hot or too cold
- Alcohol consumption
Most people will have trouble falling asleep from time to time. It is usually nothing to worry about. Stress, like the loss of a job or a death in the family could cause problems falling asleep. Certain medicines also can make it hard to fall asleep. Additionally, drinking alcohol or eating too close to bedtime can keep you awake.
Insomnia is diagnosed as a chronic condition (long-term) when it lasts most nights for a few weeks or more. You should see your doctor if this happens. Insomnia is more common in females, people with depression, and in people older than 60.
- Trouble falling asleep
- Waking up too early
- Waking up during the night
- Other Sleep Disorder Symptoms
- Sleep Apnea
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day
Taking medicine combined with a modified daily routine can help most people with insomnia (about 85 percent). Certain drugs work in the brain to help promote sleep.
Tips for better sleep
- Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine, beer, wine and liquor four to six hours before bedtime.
- Don't exercise within two hours of bedtime.
- Don't eat large meals within two hours of bedtime.
- Don't nap later than 3 p.m.
- Sleep in a dark, quiet room that isn't too hot or cold for you.
- If you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do something quiet or mundane.
- Wind down in the 30 minutes before bedtime by doing something relaxing, such as yoga or deep breathing.
FEELING SLEEPY DURING THE DAY
Feeling tired every now and then is normal. It is not normal for sleepiness to interfere with your daily life. Watch for signs like:
- Slowed thinking
- Trouble paying attention
- Heavy eyelids
- Feeling cranky
Several sleep disorders can make you sleepy during the day. One of these is narcolepsy. People with narcolepsy feel very sleepy even after a full night's sleep.
It is normal to take between 10 and 20 minutes to fall asleep. People who fall asleep in less than five minutes may have a serious sleep disorder.
Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It is caused by vibrating in the throat. Some people can make changes that will stop snoring. These include:
- Losing weight
- Cutting down on smoking and alcohol
- Sleeping on your side instead of on your back
You can buy over-the-counter nasal strips to help prevent snoring.
Snoring loud and often, together with too much daytime sleepiness, may be signs of sleep apnea, a very common and very dangerous sleep disorder. The most common type of sleep apnea happens when your breathing stops during sleep. It can stop for about 10 seconds to as long as a minute. You wake up trying to breathe. This stop-and-start cycle of waking to breathe can repeat hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea can be fatal.
You are likely to feel sleepy during the day if you have this problem. People with sleep apnea tend to be overweight. It is more common among men than women.
- The most common treatment is a device that pushes air through the airway, called a CPAP.
- Avoid beer, wine, liquor, tobacco, and sleeping pills.
- Your doctor may also suggest you lose weight.
- In some cases, you may need surgery to make the airway bigger.
*Information provided by the United States Food and Drug Administration