Tag: Sleep disorder

Does Growing Old Cause Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts your breathing when you sleep – sometimes causing you to stop breathing anywhere from 10 seconds up to several minutes. The most common type of sleep apnea is known as “obstructive sleep apnea” or OSA for short. OSA happens when your airway become blocked when you are sleeping. A common symptom is snoring. Sleep apnea is dangerous because it is known to cause high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, weight gain and other health problems. But for drivers it may be worse — sleep apnea can cause drowsiness when driving and has been linked to road accidents.

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Help. I Can’t Fall Asleep At Night!

You are not alone.  Study done by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine recently published showed that 1 in 4 Americans experience acute insomnia defined as “difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep for as little as three nights per week for at least two consecutive weeks up to three months.”  Good news is that 75% do recover without their condition becoming persistent or chronic.  Many believe that as we grow older, we need less sleep and that our difficulty falling a asleep is a normal part of ageing.  It is not.  Survey has shown that seniors over 65 who are active and engaged gets about 7-9 hours sleep each night.  Here are some of the causes of insomnia and what you can do.

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