We Can’t Get Away From It, Right? Wrong!

Snoring is one of those problems that affects women directly (if they snore) or indirectly (if their partner snores). The bad news is, snoring may be a symptom of a serious, potentially life-threatening, condition called sleep apnea. The good news is, for most people both snoring and sleep apnea can be eliminated in one day.

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy or insomnia. An additional 20-30 million individuals experience intermittent sleep related problems.

Excessive sleepiness may be due to sleep-deprivation or may be a sign of a sleep disorder, the most dangerous of which is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means cessation of breathing during sleep and usually occurs from a blockage in the back of the throat. Snoring is the most common symptom that warns of sleep apnea. When snoring and sleepiness co-exist, the likelihood of sleep apnea must be considered. In some cases, the sleepiness can be life-threatening, particularly for people who drive a motor vehicle or operate equipment that may be dangerous.

Simple non-invasive testing can be performed to accurately diagnose most of the conditions that cause snoring or excessive sleepiness. If treatment is necessary it can be accomplished through a second night study. In most cases, you will become more alert and productive the very next day without surgery or medications. These conditions can be very quickly corrected, resulting in an improved quality of life as well as decreasing cardiovascular risks for heart attacks, strokes and irregular heartbeats.

In an attempt to keep pace in today’s society, women are often plagued with numerous stressors in their life. Balancing home and family responsibilities along with a professional life may cause sleep deprivation, anxiety or even depression. A common symptom that can be brought on by this stress is insomnia.

Developing good sleep habits can often decrease or eliminate symptoms of insomnia. These include avoiding caffeine for six hours before bedtime and avoiding alcohol and smoking for one to two hours before bedtime. Exercise can be very helpful but not too close to bedtime. It is also important to maintain a regular sleep/wake cycle. By awakening every day at the same time and going to bed around the same time each day, your internal clock is able to be regulated and work with you.

Other disorders can also disturb your sleep. They may include periodic movements in sleep, restless legs syndrome, nightmares, panic attacks, sleep walking, sleep talking and many others.

The good news is that diagnosing and treating these ailments is nothing to lose sleep over.

Additional information about sleep disorders can be obtained from the American Sleep Disorders Association or by scheduling an appointment for a consultation with a sleep specialist.

ADC Sleep Disorders Center

ADC Sleep Disorders Center

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