Tinnitus – A Basic Overview
Tinnitus is the medical name for a ringing noise in the ears. Tinnitus is a symptom and not a disease or pathology itself. Volume, intensity, frequency, and duration of the More...
A sleep disorder is anything that interferes with healthy sleep on a regular basis. Healthy sleep is both regular and regenerative. Sleeping too much, sleeping too little, and interruptions during the night all may contribute to feeling groggy in the morning.
According to researcher conducted by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, people with sleep disorders tended to feel more negative about other areas of their life, while people who said they felt good about (or didn’t give their sleep schedules much thought) were more positive about the rest of their lives.
Insomnia is probably the most well-known sleep disorder. Insomnia is the inability to sleep or to remain asleep. Insomnia may last a couple of days or much longer in some cases.
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Hypersomnia is the opposite of insomnia and involves sleeping more hours per day than is necessary or recommended–more than 6-8 hours daily for most adults. Teens require slightly more sleep, and seniors need one or two hours less.
Hypersomnia causes: Hypersomnia may be linked to depression, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other organ issues. In some cases, insomnia leads to hypersomnia as the sleep schedule becomes disrupted. It’s better to make up for lost sleep with short naps than by staying in bed more than 8 hours at a time.
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Snoring is the noisy sound of breathing when one is sleeping.
Snoring causes: Snoring is caused by the soft tissues of the back of the mouth and throat becoming relaxed and closing off the airway. As you breathe, you force air in through that narrow passage, causing rumbling, flapping, and loud breathing sounds. Snoring can be a sign of more serious health problems, such as sleep apnea and adult asthma. Snoring is more prevalent in populations who are overweight and/or who smoke cigarettes, and is found more often in men than in women.
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Sleep apnea is a pattern of interrupted breathing during sleep. During a sleep apnea episode, the sleeper actually stops breathing for a moment; when the blood oxygen level falls far enough, the person may take a deep and desperate breath, which may awaken him momentarily. The repeated low oxygen cycles and abrupt, brief awakenings can interfere with restful sleep. If you are constantly tired and snore every night, you may want to be examined for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause psychological problems stemming from lack of restful sleep.
Sleep apnea causes: Most people with sleep apnea also snore, because the same mechanism that causes the snoring sound blocks their breathing.
Sleep apnea and conventional medicine: Sleep apnea is often addressed in conventional medicine with the use of a machine that uses air pressure to keep the airways open at night. In some cases, surgery can remove soft tissue from the throat and enlarge the airway.
Sleep apnea and alternative medicine: Changing your sleeping position (such as side-sleeping rather than sleeping on your back) may improve sleep apnea.
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