Sleep for Good Health

October 29, 2015 08:00 PM

Do You Get Enough?

Don’t waste this weekend’s extra hour of sleep time that’s available thanks to the switch back to Eastern Standard time. Many of us will forget to set our clocks back one hour on Saturday night while those in the know can take advantage of something most of us don’t get enough of – sleep.

In our hectic, harried world, there are many reasons we can’t seem to fall asleep or stay asleep. Job stress, worrying about finances, or the kids, can keep us from getting the rest we need. However, some causes of non-restful sleep have a medical origin. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition marked by periods of decreased airflow which cause partial or complete awakening, often many times per night. It’s hard to have a good day after a night like that.

Risk factors for OSA include obesity, smoking, and diabetes. Men tend to experience the condition more often than women. Recent studies suggest that OSA can shorten lifespan by contributing to conditions such as high blood pressure and cardiac problems. OSA has also been implicated in the occurrence of impotence.

Treatments for OSA include weight loss, sleep positioning, oral devices worn during sleep, and surgery. Sleep specialists might also recommend a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine which blows air into the nose during sleep. This specially designed mask helps keep the airway open and unobstructed. At Hackensack University Medical Group, our board-certified sleep and breathing experts will help you find the cause of your sleeplessness and work with you to help you get the rest you need.

Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325) to find a Pulmonologist/Sleep Medicine physician near you.


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