Sleep Disorders

As we get older our sleep pattern's change. Sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, weight gain etc.

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Common Sleep disorders and there symptoms
Sleep Apnea:
Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by another person
Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnea
Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
Morning headache
Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
Attention problems
Irritability
Insomnia:
Difficulty falling asleep at night
Waking up during the night
Waking up too early
Not feeling well-rested after a night's sleep
Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
Irritability, depression or anxiety
Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering
Increased errors or accidents
Ongoing worries about sleep
Narcolepsy:
Excessive daytime sleepiness - fall asleep without warning, anywhere, anytime
Sudden loss of muscle tone. may last for a few seconds to a few minutes.
Cataplexy is uncontrollable and is triggered by intense emotions,
Sleep paralysis. People with narcolepsy often experience a temporary inability to move or speak while falling asleep or upon waking.
Hallucinations. happen as you fall asleep and upon waking. They may be particularly vivid and frightening


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REFERENCE WEBSITES

American Academy of Sleep Medicine:  The web site for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (formerly the American Sleep Disorders Society) offers descriptions of numerous sleep disorders, provides links for both sleep professionals and patients. It also lists some patient support groups and national sites for sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment.

American Sleep Apnea Association:  The ASAA Web site focuses specifically on sleep apnea and offers information for members and non-members. It features sections where you can submit questions to be answered in the ASAA monthly newsletter. This site also provides information about A.WA.K.E., a national support group for people with sleep apnea.

CPAP.com:  Learn about which sleep apnea supplies are best for you at one of the web’s largest sleep apnea stores.  

Mayo Clinic:  A video by the Mayo Clinic explaining what Sleep Apnea is

The National Sleep Foundation:  The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is an “independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders and by supporting public education, sleep-related research, and-advocacy.”

ResMed:  The ResMed site offers comprehensive information about sleep apnea and CPAP treatment as well as detailed product information from the leading CPAP provider. It also offers a product support section with tips and troubleshooting hints for masks and flow generators.

Talk About Sleep: An online resource that offers information about sleep disorders, treatment, supplies and more!

UCSD TV: Has a video on Sleep and Sleep Disorders in the Older Adult

Mattress and Bedding Guide for People with Disabilities: Interesting information on mattress and bedding, applicable to seniors.

Sleep Like the dead:  This site contains great reviews on sleep related products.  (Unfortunate name, excellent reviews)

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