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Guidelines recommend sleep test for obstructive sleep apnea
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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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I think its such a shame that daytime sleepiness has become an accepted consequence of our busy lives. Life is too short and I think we were meant to wake up each day with energy, looking forward to the day not dreading it. Hopefully people check out their reasons for being tired rather than accepting it as normal.
Being overweight can be a huge contributor like you say in your article. If I was still overweight, that’s what I would focus on first then if I still suffered from sleep apnea, I would focus on other things too. Thanks for the post.
I used to have serious snoring issues that kept both my wife and I awake at night. Have you guys ever considered using a stop snoring mouth piece? I did and it worked great for me.
Scary stuff, it’s good to know the home testing is available now, I’m sure that’s half the battle to regaining control of this problem.
I take aspirin (blood thinner)and the problem is gone and then i can sleep well…is it somehow related?
i have insomnia problem..almost everyday cant sleep before 5am. do u think sleep apnea treatment can help solve my problem?its killing me softly!
This is not to be taken lightly either. My father died at 67 from heart failure related to obesity and sleep apnea (sadly he refused to use a CPAP.) When I was diagnosed at 35 with severe sleep apnea it was a wake up call for me to get healthy and get my weight in check. I lost 158 pounds (within the first 35 pounds) and my sleep apnea was resolved.
nice article thank you for sharing
You might also tell your audience that if they have sleep apnea the use of a cpap machine works wonders for some and not so much for others. I have one and it does significantly improve my stop breathing episodes, but did not improve the quality of my sleep as some of the people have told me it did for them. I believe if you are a sound sleeper it will improve your sleep. If you have bouts of insomnia or are a light sleeper the cpap is what it is— a mask or nasal mask connected by a tube that you have to sleep with. Some people might (about 50%) get help from a mouth appliance
This is by far the best description of cause and effect I have ever seen.
I have a lot of friends who are having trouble staying awake during the day. They rely on coffee and tea, but they might actually have sleep apena. Interesting.
Please read this.
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