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Dictionary- Sleep Apnea

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:13pm
Getting a good night's sleep is very important for optimal health. Adults should get 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. Sometimes our busy lives, stress or disorders such as Sleep Apnea do not allow us to get a good night's sleep. Because sleep is so valuable I decided to explore the term Sleep Apnea for today's Dictionary term. Wikipedia states that Sleep Apnea is, "a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Each episode, called apneas (Greek: άπνοια (ápnoia), from α- (a-), privative, πνέειν (pnéein), to breathe), lasts long enough so that one or more breaths are missed, and occurs repeatedly throughout sleep. The standard definition of any apneic event includes a minimum 10 second interval between breaths, with either a neurological arousal (a 3-second or greater shift in EEG frequency, measured at C3, C4, O1, or O2), a blood oxygen desaturation of 3-4% or greater, or both arousal and desaturation. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram." I know that is a mouthful. Basically what occurs is the sufferer stops breathing in the middle of the night. My mother-in-law has sleep apnea and she uses a breathing machine to help her breathe at night. Her machine 'splints' her airway open during sleep by means of a flow of pressurized air into the throat. This helps prevent apnea episodes. According to WebMd, Sleep Apnea can effect anyone however, risk factors for this sleep problem include: Male gender Being overweight Being over the age of forty Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women) Having larger tonsils Having a family history of sleep apnea If left untreated sleep apnea can lead to Hypertension Stroke Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks If you believe that you or your child has a sleeping disorder contact your doctor to get proper diagnoses. In the meantime make sure you get 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Stress can keep me up at night sometimes so I usually set an hour before bedtime to wind down. I put my pajamas on, wash my face, brush my teeth and drink sleepytime herbal tea. Herbal and green teas are known to help with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. **Disclaimer I am not a professional or a doctor. All this information has been obtained through reading and talking to medical professionals.** Cascia My Technorati Tags sleep Dictionary sleep apnea health // You may change the text between the quotes // below that states [Tell A Friend About This Page]. // This will change the link test that displays for // your users to click on: strITisticTAFText = "Tell A Friend About Healthy Moms!"; // Remove both slashes from the beginning of the // line below starting with strITisticTAFBCC // and replace the email address with your own // if you would like to receive a BCC copy of // every Tell A Friend email sent from your site: strITisticTAFBCC = ""; Social...

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