Sleep Awareness and Sleep Apnea

A recent study found more than 25 million Americans have sleep apnea which is a big contributor to daytime sleepiness. Dr. Robert Drehmel stopped by to talk more about this common sleeping disorder.

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COMMON RECOMMENDATIONS:
• Get a steady sleep schedule even on weekends
• Have a relaxing bedtime ritual; free of electronics,
• Avoid naps
• Exercise regularly
• Comfortable bed and pillow
• Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and large meals before bed
• 1 hour before bed; calming activity, reading or music
Get out of bed if not sleeping.

RECOMMENDED HOURS OF SLEEP
• Adults 7 to 9 hours
• Significant risk to health for people sleeping greater than 10 hours or less than 6 hours

Consequences of Poor Sleep:
• Impaired school and work performance
• Increased accidents
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Stroke
• Diabetes
• Depression
• Weight Gain

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
• Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Poor mental functioning
• Foggy thinking

Treatment for Sleep Apnea
• CPAP and dental appliances

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