Sleep Apnea - An Extremely Common and Dangerous Sleep Disorder

Written by Donald Saunders

Sleep apnea refers to a sleep disorder characterized byrepparttar interruption of breathing during sleep, such that respiration stops for ten or more seconds, cutting off valuable oxygen supplies torepparttar 146593 brain. This interruption ofrepparttar 146594 body’s breathing cycle can recur hundreds of times each night, with potentially fatal results. Even more alarming, sleep apnea,repparttar 146595 most dangerous of all sleep disorders, also represents one ofrepparttar 146596 most commonly identified sleep disorders, affecting as many as eighteen million Americans each year.

This condition can be divided into two primary categories. “Central sleep apnea”, caused by a neurological malfunction in whichrepparttar 146597 brain somehow disruptsrepparttar 146598 normal signal to breathe and “Obstructive sleep apnea”, characterized byrepparttar 146599 excessive relaxation orrepparttar 146600 collapse of muscles aroundrepparttar 146601 windpipe, which in turn causes windpipe obstruction. Both forms involverepparttar 146602 frequent cessation of breathing andrepparttar 146603 temporary suspension ofrepparttar 146604 oxygen supply torepparttar 146605 brain, putting sleep apnea sufferers at a significantly greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

Diagnosing sleep apnea can be difficult. Snoring, one ofrepparttar 146606 most common symptoms associated with sleep apnea (resulting in many people referring to this as “the snoring disease”), often leads to an erroneous diagnosis ofrepparttar 146607 condition. In fact, snoring can be associated with a variety of other sleep disorders and conditions unrelated to sleep apnea.

Whenrepparttar 146608 brain senses a lack of oxygen, as a result of an obstructed windpipe, it reacts by wakingrepparttar 146609 suffer sufficiently to start breathing again, often causing snoring or sometimes coughing. As a result, sleep apnea suffers enjoy a very poor quality of sleep and wake up feeling even more tired than before they went to bed.

Feelings of exhaustion, fatigue and an overwhelming desire to sleep duringrepparttar 146610 day, known as excessive daytime sleepiness, characterize sleep apnea; especially if seen in conjunction with other symptoms such as morning headaches, noticeable lethargy, loss of interest in sex, forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating.

The ongoing exhaustion and physical fatigue brought on by undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea can also lead torepparttar 146611 onset of serious psychological symptoms such as depression, irritability and changes in mood and behavior.

Overcoming Jet Lag

Written by Donald Saunders

Jet lag can be one ofrepparttar worst, and certainly one ofrepparttar 146592 most frustrating, aspects of long distance travel. Also called desynchronosis (meaning “out of time”), jet lag occurs when travellers pass through multiple time zones, arriving several hours ahead or behind their “home” time.

Travelling across several time zones upsets your body’s internal clock, which relies on a variety of environmental cues such as daylight and temperature. The degree of jet lag suffered can be measured in terms ofrepparttar 146593 time change you undergo -repparttar 146594 greaterrepparttar 146595 difference in time between your home and your new location,repparttar 146596 more disoriented your body clock becomes andrepparttar 146597 more jet lag you are likely to experience.

One major feature of jet lag is seen in your body’s struggle between emotional energy and physical lethargy. While your mind is able to processrepparttar 146598 change in time and location relatively quickly and can rationally appreciate environmental cues such as daylight (orrepparttar 146599 lack of it) and time of day, your body will be much slower to respond. Althoughrepparttar 146600 time to recover will vary from person to person, most people agree that overcoming jet lag, adjusting to a new time zone and resuming a regular sleep cycle can take two or three days or, in severe cases, an entire a week.

Although not necessarily serious, insomnia caused by jet lag can interfere with mental clarity and efficiency and may have some bearing on your emotional state. Jet lag can also make it difficult for business travellers and tourists alike to maximizerepparttar 146601 opportunities afforded by their stay. What's more, if insomnia caused by jet lag does not pass, or recurs frequently for more than a couple of weeks, it could be indicative of a more persistent sleep problem.

Natural sleep remedies and approaches can be used to effectively manage jet lag and, by taking a proactive approach, you can significantly decrease or limitrepparttar 146602 severity and number of symptoms – not to mention shorteningrepparttar 146603 duration of your jet lag.

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