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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
But do you get restful sleep? Do you snore? Maybe you’ve caught yourself snoring or maybe someone has mentioned that you do.
Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. The air make the tissues vibrate which is the snoring sound. Snoring is common in people who are overweight or even those who carry excess weight just around the neck because the neck fat narrows the airway.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The “apnea” is the breathing pause that last for at least 10 seconds when the muscles in the back of the throat don’t keep the airway open.
It is estimated by the American College of Sleep Medicine that more than 100 million people of all ages regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep. Continually sleeping and waking can lead to a lowered quality of daily life and more importantly can be associated with diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.
What can you do? Even losing a little weight with exercise can help. Avoid alcohol and sedatives which relax the muscles in the throat. Open your nasal passages and adjust your pillows so you’re comforable.
To stay alert naturally:
Find out if your likelyhood to doze off during normal daily activities could be sign of a sleep disorder by taking this brief survey. If you think you have severe daytime sleepiness, talk with your doctor.