What is Sleep Apnea?
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How do you know if you're a simple snorer or if you have sleep apnea? Check out this video to know more about this sleep disorder.
Transcript: For more than 18 million Americans, SLEEP APNEA causes difficulty breathing while they sleep. But most...
For more than 18 million Americans, SLEEP APNEA causes difficulty breathing while they sleep. But most people with the condition snooze right through it - it's their sleeping partner or other family members who hear the repeated gasping, snorting and long pauses between breaths -- sometimes for as long as a minute or more-- that are the sure signs of sleep apnea. If you are a chronic, constant snorer, talk to your doctor about being evaluated for sleep apnea. NOT DRINKING, STOPPING SMOKING, AND LOSING WEIGHT CAN REVERSE the condition IN SOME CASES, but most of the time sleep apnea requires treatment to avoid the serious health problems it can trigger. These include heart disease, diabetes, depression, chronic sleep problems, high blood pressure. DIFFICULTY concentrating, IRRITABILITY, sexual problems, and learning and memory issues. For a proper diagnosis, you may have to spend the night at a sleep center so researchers can monitor your eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, breathing, and blood oxygen levels while you're sleeping. They will also examine your throat and airways: Having a small upper airway, recessed chin, small jaw, large overbite, large neck, large tongue, large tonsils, or a large uvula, which is that dangly thing at the back of your mouth, can ALL contribute to sleep apnea. The most COMMON solution is to use a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure device. It's a mask that you wear over your nose and-or mouth during sleep, and it's designed to PREVENT any pauses in breathing. In SOME cases, doctors will recommend dental devices designed to reposition parts of your mouth to facilitate breathing, Upper airway surgery may also be needed.Learn more about better breathing by watching other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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Whether you're staying awake for studying or something a bit more exciting, you probably drink more than your fair share of caffeine packed energy drinks and coffee. Here, learn about the pros and cons of staying-awake aids.
Transcript: If you're pulling an all-nighter, you'll probably need some help. Here, the good, the bad, and the ugly...
If you're pulling an all-nighter, you'll probably need some help. Here, the good, the bad, and the ugly of the stay-awake aids. The most common sleep fighting agent amongst college students is caffeine, which is the stimulating ingredient in coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Though some use ephedrine, the active ingredient found in over-the-counter allergy and cold medication, like Sudafed or Mucinex.According to the National Coffee Association, college students are now drinking more caffeine than ever-about 3.2 cups each daily, up from 2.1 in 2005. Meanwhile, some students prefer to get their caffeine rush faster, in the form of over-the-counter pills like NoDoze and Vivarin. Most of these tablets contain about 200 milligrams of caffeine, which is comparable to two cups of coffee. Both caffeine pills and direct caffeine intake are fairly harmless ways to stay awake, according to the FDA. Remember though, that caffeine may make you jittery and distracted, side effects that can defeat the purpose of staying awake to study in the first place. Additionally, caffeine can be addictive, so you can suffer headaches and other withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it. While caffeine is generally safe, some energy drinks, like Wired, contain as much as 500 milligrams of the stimulant. That's the equivalent of five cups of coffee in one fell swoop, a dose that may make doing schoolwork more difficult. Still, if you're sticking with caffeine, you're better off than the 14% of your peers who rely on prescription ADHD medication, like Adderall or Ritalin, to stay awake, according to a 2004 University of Wisconsin study.* These stimulating drugs are often used illegally by college students to increase concentration and ward off sleep. While ADHD meds may work in the short-term, if used incorrectly, they can sometimes come with some dangerous side effects, including fainting and seizures. Plus, drugs like Ritalin are addictive, and users may start to desire them even when all-nighters aren't necessary. But no matter your stay-awake aid, you're probably better off letting yourself actually sleep, says a recent study at Saint Lawrence University. There, researchers found that students who avoided staying up all night had better GPAs than those who relied on not sleeping pre-exam. So think ahead, and plan your schedule so that you can crawl under the covers and get yourself some much deserved rest when you're in crunch time!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-14 | Tags »
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To make sure you stay fresh and alert during the day, it is important to get a good night’s sleep. Learn how to train yourself to sleep deep by viewing this video.
Transcript: Taking a nap in the middle of the day: A great plan in kindergarten. Not so great in a professional environment....
Taking a nap in the middle of the day: A great plan in kindergarten. Not so great in a professional environment. If you're tired in the middle of your workday, you're probably not sleeping enough at night. But you can train your body for deeper sleep. Start your sleep training by restricting yourself to only five or six hours a night, forbidding yourself to sleep more even if you are tired. That means, if the alarm is set for 7AM, don't even think about hitting the hay before 2AM! This may sound counter-intuitive, but it will actually teach your body that bed is for sleeping, not tossing and turning. Once you're sleeping the full time allotted, increase the amount of time you sleep by 15 minute intervals. Follow this routine for a few weeks, and you'll quickly begin sleeping a healthy amount at night-so you can actually stay awake during the day!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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