Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sleep apnea not limited to men


…Today is Sleep Apnea Day.

…Four percent of adult men and 2% of adult women (more commonly after menopause), as well as 1-3% of children between 2 and 19, suffer from irregular breathing during sleep, sometimes even pausing without breathing for an unhealthy length of time.

…This results in that tired, sleepy feeling all day, and over time, can be linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression.

…In children, interrupted sleep can result in ADD.

…Men who are chronically exhausted are less pleasant and effective husbands and dads. Women trying to sleep next to these men can also be impaired by the partner’s problem or have it themselves.

…For more info, you can go to http://www.sleepapnea.org/ and take the Snore Score.

…If you have one or more of the six symptoms, you may be at risk.

…If you do have it, you may find out from spending the night in a sleep lab and then get a CPAP machine to keep your airway open at night.

…HA knows two people who love their CPAP! Mileage may vary.

…Not to be too creepy, but sometimes sleep apnea can degrade your health and even kill. So snoring is more than an irritation.

…That’s why it gets its own “Day.”

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