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World Sleep Day - March 18, 2016

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 16, 2016 2:03:48 PM

What Is World Sleep Day?

World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008.  Its purpose is to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society’s attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education, social aspects, and driving; as well as to promote the prevention and management of sleep disorders.

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Sleep Apnea: Types, Symptoms, and Management

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 4, 2016 12:00:39 PM

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which pauses in breathing or instances of shallow breathing occur during sleep.  Each pause in breathing is called an apnea, and can last for several seconds to several minutes.  They may occur 30 times or more per hour.  Typically, normal breathing starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.  Each abnormal shallow breathing even is called a hypopnea.  When breathing is paused, carbon monoxide builds up in the bloodstream.  Sensory extensions in the blood called chemoreceptors notice the high carbon monoxide levels.  The brain is then signaled too wake the sleeper and breathe in air.  Breathing normally will restore oxygen levels and the person will fall asleep again.  The disorder is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study.”  Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed.  Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits.  Also, there is no blood test available to help diagnose the condition.  A diagnosis often results after a family member or bed partner has noticed the signs of the disorder.

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Toddlers Who Sleep Less May Eat More

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 25, 2014 2:48:29 PM

TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.

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