Updated: 12/06/2018 3:41 PM | Print Story |  Email

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