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Darth Vader Is My Father

By Makenna M. “Dad…dad…., ugh come on wake up!” “huh, what… what’s wrong” my dad replies, sounding muffled. “dad, what on earth are you wearing, is this some sort of Darth Vader mask?” “ha ha very funny Makenna, and no. … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea

By Justus R. About 70 million people in America have a sleeping disorder one of those being sleep apnea. Now what is sleep apnea and can anyone get it you may be asking yourself but don’t worry today we will … Continue reading

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Everybody Needs Sleep

By Brandon F. The amount of   sleep depends on the person because some people need more than others.  A baby needs the most sleep out of every body because it’s the youngest and still growing.   Teens  on the other  hand  … Continue reading

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Problems with Sleep Disorders

By Kimmy L. Sleep apnea, one of the most common problems in sleeping disorders goes undiagnosed in which doctors usually cannot detect the condition during routine office visits. No one usually  knows when sleep apnea happens during sleep in where a family member or bed partner may be  the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. The most common one is called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep.  This causes shallow breathing or becomes blocked during sleep. This means when you are trying  to sleep, the air that is in your system can cause loud snoring. The obstructive sleep apnea occurs  mostly in overweight people, but in many cases people who have enlarged tonsil tissues may  have it too. Central sleep apnea is a less common type of sleep apnea. This occurs when your  brain(the area in which it occurs) doesn’t send the right signals to your breathing muscles. As a  result, there is no effort to breathe for brief periods of time. Central sleep apnea can affect  anyone, but it is more common in people who have certain medical conditions or use certain  medicines. Central sleep apnea can occur with obstructive sleep apnea or alone. This means that  snoring doesn’t typically occur with central sleep apnea. The outlook with untreated sleep apnea is that it increases the risk of high blood  pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. It increases the risk, or worsen heart failure. It  also makes arrhythmiasor irregular heartbeats that are more likely to increase the chance of  having work related or driving accidents. In total, sleep apnea is a chronic condition that requires long term management. This  means that lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery and breathing devices can successfully treat  sleep apnea in many people. Even though with sleep, there are episodes of no breathing,  abnormal breathing pattern, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia,nightmares, sleep  deprivation or snoring. With the rest of the problems with sleep apnea which causes breathing problems through  the mouth, loud breathing or shallow breathing. The common thing that you can have is  depression, dry mouth, dry throat, fatigue, headache, mood swings, teeth grinding or weight gain. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.  This means that you may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full  night’s sleep. Also obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form that occurs when throat  muscles relax. The other one is central sleep apnea which occurs when the brain doesn’t send  proper signals to the muscles that control the breathing. The major one that occurs is complex  sleep apnea syndrome (treatment, emergent central sleep apnea) which occurs when … Continue reading

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Awaken by Snores

By Danielle S. In my family, my parents have the lifelong argument over who snores more. Every morning one of them jokes about the other keeping them awake all night. My mom tends to breathe loudly with a few snores … Continue reading

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I have sleep apnea

By Chantee L-W Yawning and yawning, I’m trying so desperately to stay awake. My eyes are wide open yet they feel like there glued shut; like two sand bags piled on top of each eye lid I’m fighting my sleep. … Continue reading

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Cleaning Your CPAP Equipment Quickly

If you’re undergoing CPAP therapy, you’ve undoubtedly been told of the importance that cleaning can have on your therapy. The reasons for cleaning are obvious: this equipment essentially lives on your face for 6-8 hours per day, and that’s a … Continue reading

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Common Screening Tests for Sleep Apnea

Screening tests are short questionnaires which are designed to provide a quick determination of whether a person should proceed forward to obtain a full-scale diagnosis for sleep apnea. Screening tests are useful tools which are meant to filter between those … Continue reading

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