Archive for the ‘ Sleep Disorders ’ Category

Do I Suffer From Sleep Apnea??

About 80 million people in North America snore, and approximately 12 million Americans have sleep apnea. So what’s the difference, and why does it matter? Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and uvula, occurring when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. Several things can obstruct the airway and cause you to […]

The Importance of Sleep – Understanding the Sleep Stages

How much sleep do we need and why is sleep important?  Most doctors would tell us that the amount of sleep one needs varies from person to person.  We should feel refreshed and alert upon awakening and not need a day time nap to get us through the day. Sleep needs change from birth to […]

Sleep Apnea (Continued) RISK FACTORS & Diagnosis

Risk factors Sleep apnea affects people of all ages including children. Risk factors include being male, overweight, obese, or over the age of 40; or having a large neck size (greater than 16–17 inches), enlarged tonsils, enlarged tongue, small jaw bone, gastroesophageal reflux, allergies, sinus problems, family history of sleep apnea, or deviated septum causing […]

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea (or sleep apnoea in British English; /æpˈniːə/) is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last for several seconds to several minutes, and may occur, by definition, at least 5 times in an hour.1] Similarly, […]

9 Reasons To Suspect It May Be More Than Just Snoring

Reason 1: Excessive daytime sleepiness If you tend to “nod off” while sitting quietly at home, at work, on the phone or while driving, it could be a sign that you are not getting refreshing sleep at night. This can lead to mood disorders, stress on personal relationships, work-related accidents and even car accidents. A […]

What You Need To Know About Sleep Apnea and Snoring

  Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep breathing disorder in which a person stops breathing while they sleep. The tissues in the throat collapse, cutting off the airway despite efforts to breathe. Apnea is defined as “a cessation of airflow for 10 seconds or more.” This can occur dozens and sometimes even hundreds of […]