We All Need Sleep: My Experience at Sinai’s Sleep Center
Posted Jan 06 2012 6:00am
We all need sleep. Sometimes, though, it is hard to come by. Depending on your situation, it could be stress. Or it could be medically related, like a condition called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person has frequent pauses in their breathing while they sleep. Depending on its severity, it can disrupt nighttime sleep and lead to daytime drowsiness. In extreme forms, it can lead to heart failure and stroke.
No matter what the problem, not getting enough sleep is never a good thing. I actually know this from experience.
I have mild sleep apnea. For years, I never knew I had it, until somebody told me I stopped breathing in my sleep. This was a literal wake up call for me. I knew snoring was normal, but not breathing? That was kind of scary.
I am glad to tell you I’m not so scared any more (well, ...