Sleep disorders are defined as any disruption in normal sleep patterns. Two common sleep
disorders are Sleep Apnea and Insomnia.
Sleep Apnea occurs when there are pauses in breathing during sleep. The episodes can last
up to thirty seconds. Sleep apnea affects approximately 6 million Americans and what is
interesting and alarming is that most aren't even aware that they suffer from the condition.
Though sleep apnea is a very common problem it can be a very serious one to. A person who
has ten apnea episodes in an hour qualifies to meet diagnostic criteria for sleep apnea.
Insomnia If you have a problem falling asleep or staying asleep you could have insomnia.
Insomnia is a very common problem and more than one third of American adults suffer from
it. There are three types of insomnia.
Transient Insomnia - The inability to sleep well over a period lasting fewer than four weeks.
Short Term Insomnia - The inability to sleep well for a period of four weeks to six months.
Chronic Insomnia - Poor sleep most nights lasting for six months or more. More than 20 million
Americans suffer from chronic insomnia.
Some things you can do for Insomnia:
1. Visit your doctor for a complete physical examination.
2. Maintain a normal sleep pattern by going to bed at the same time each night.
3. Avoid caffeine or similar stimulants six hours before you go to bed.
4. Try a cup of warm milk. Milk contains melatonin a chemical in the body that induces sleep.
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