Do you ever have problems sleeping? Have you ever felt like you don't get enough sleep? Are you just as tired in the morning as you were when you went to bed? About 5 years ago, I could have screamed YES to those questions! However, today, after being treated for my sleep disorder, sleep is no longer my enemy.
Sleep, or lack thereof, can affect your overall health. It's just as important to your body as food and exercise. Did you know that March 16, 2012 is World Sleep Day? World Sleep Day is an annual event designed to promote awareness of the importance of sleep, sleep disorders and their effective treatment and management. One very common sleep disorder is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very serious sleep disorder that involves the obstruction or blockage of the upper airway. This leads to blockage of breathing, which is usually associated with a reduction in oxygen levels in the blood. Signs and/or symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include: loud snoring, choking or gasping for air, excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day, memory problems and/or difficulty concentrating. Obstructive Sleep Apnea not only affects your sleep but can lead to very serious health disorders such as heart attacks, strokes, and poor control of diabetes.
If you have any questions about your sleep or feel you might have a sleeping disorder, please speak with your family physician or call the RMH Center for Sleep Medicine.
Happy World Sleep Day and I hope you sleep well!
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