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Sleep Disorders...
According to the American Sleep Disorders Association, there are over 80
sleep disorders that affect people.  The most common are the following (in
no particular order):
Snoring
Snoring affects 45% of normal adults and can be a signal that something is seriously
wrong with one's breathing during sleep.

Sleep Apnea
Apnea is a Greek word meaning "without breath."  Sleep Apnea is a potentially life-
threatening medical condition characterized by repetitive pauses or significant reduction
is airflow during sleep.  This condition refers to an obstruction caused by the narrowing
of the airway in the throat.  When the upper airway collapses on an OSA sufferer who is
sleeping, the brain detect his or her restricted access to oxygen.  When this happens, the
brain rouses the patient from a deep sleep to a semi-conscious state that enables the
patient to resume breathing so as to obtain the needed oxygen.  The sleep arousal
interrupts the sleep cycle that is required for rest and so causes excessive daytime
sleepiness that can result, because of fatigue, in injury to the sufferer or to others.  There
are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):  The most common form of sleep
    apnea.  Usually caused by soft tissue and musculature in the upper airway
    (throat) blocking the flow of air in and out of your lungs during sleep.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA):  Results from the brain not signaling your
    respiratory system to breath.
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA):  A combination of OSA and CSA.  Also now
    being referred to can "Complex Sleep Apnea."

Narcolepsy
This is a relatively uncommon disorder which involves the body's central nervous system
and is characterized by attacks of sleep.  Narcolepsy affects about 1 in 2,000 people,
both men and women of any age.  A person with Narcolepsy is likely to fall asleep at
inappropriate times and places.  Daytime sleep attacks may occur with or without
warning and can occur repeatedly in a single day.  Nighttime sleep may be fragmented
with frequent arousals.

Insomnia
This is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.  It may be related to anxiety, depression,
medical/psychiatric problems or substance abuse.  Insomnia is a symptom of a larger
problem and in order to treat it the physician must find the cause.  Mose insomnia
sufferers sleep better after the appropriate evaluation and treatment.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
Refers to the involuntary movements of the legs and / or arms during sleep.  These
movements cause arousals and sleep fragmentation.  PLMD is observed mostly in
people over 50 years of age.
Would you like to learn more about Sleep Disorders and there treatments?  If so, we
invite you to check out the following links.  Please understand that these links are to
other websites ran by completely different companies and not by Global Sleep, LLC.

National Sleep Foundation

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