Trouble Sleeping and Sleep Apnea
Daytime sleepiness. Is it abnormal? What does it mean?
The most common cause of excessive daytime sleepiness is inadequate sleep. Most adults need about 7-8 hrs of continuous sleep to be refreshed. It is common to feel sleepy in the afternoon in the post lunch hour, but sleepiness in the morning or during activity is abnormal. Sleepiness despite 8 hours of regular sleep may be due to a sleep disturbing disorder like sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or other medical disorders.
People who suffer with sleep apnea can have snoring, episodes of breathing pauses and or choking or gasping for breath which are caused by narrowing of the air passages decreasing or stopping air into the lungs.
Narcolepsy is a chemical imbalance in the brain causing sleepiness during the day and disturbed sleep at night.
What is sleep hygiene and why is it important?
Sleep hygiene refers to the routines you establish before going to bed and the hours that you sleep. Proper or improper sleep hygiene can have a large impact on the quality of your sleep.
Here are some things to keep in mind.
Establishing good, healthy sleep hygiene can have a significant impact on daily your life.
Sleepiness and driving. Is this a serious problem?
Driving while sleepy is as dangerous as drinking and driving. You should do the following in order to avoid sleepiness during driving:
Can children have sleep apnea?
Yes, children can have snoring and difficulty breathing during sleep. This could be seen by an observer as snoring, labored breathing with rib retractions (pulled inwards) or sleeping in unusual positions (head hanging off the side of the bed, nose up in air in a sniff position). Breathing during wakefulness is normal.
What type of problems can children develop due to sleep apnea?
Children can have developmental delays, poor performance in school, attention deficit hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior due to poor sleep quality. Children can also develop high blood pressure and heart failure if severe untreated sleep apnea continues untreated.
How can sleep apnea be diagnosed in children and how is it treated?
At present, a sleep study in a sleep laboratory is the best choice. Removal of adenoids and tonsils, if enlarged, is 80 - 90% curative in children. Some children may need additional forms of therapy.
How much sleep is enough sleep?
The amount of sleep the one needs to feel well rested is enough sleep. There are individual variations of amount of sleep and sleep loss that a person can tolerate
Average duration of sleep for different ages is:
Does alcohol help you sleep?
Alcohol helps a tense person fall asleep fast, but causes you to awaken in the early morning hours.The sleep that one does get is of poor quality and is unrestful. In a person that suffers with untreated sleep apnea, alcohol will worsen sleep apnea and, can result in respiratory arrest.
I am having difficulty falling asleep? What are some simple things that can be done to help me fall asleep?
Sleep related acid reflux. What are some symptoms? What are some simple measures that can help?
A few signs of acid reflux are awakening several times during the night with heartburn or indigestion, sour taste in the mouth, water brash, coughing, and frequent burping.
Things you can do to help are:
Restless legs syndrome. What are some symptoms and non prescription therapies?
A person who has Restless Leg Syndrome may have unusual sensations like a creepy-crawly or burning sensation in the arms or legs; an irresistible urge to move; relief of sensations with movement (such as marching, shaking, walking or massaging). Most of these symptoms seem to worsen in the evening or at night. Reducing caffeine and alcohol will help while vitamins do not typically help. Low iron levels can cause restless legs. There are prescription medications which are available for treatment and are fairly effective.