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What is Sleep Apnea Syndrome?Read more wellness Resources

This is a syndrome in which the oxygen supply is cut off to your lungs due the muscles that keep your airway open weakening when you sleep. As a result, you 'wake up' for a few seconds without your knowledge, and your muscles then open the airway and you 'go back to sleep', all of this happening without your knowledge. Due to this episode repeating itself several times during the night, you do not get adequate sleep that in turns keeps you tired and sleepy through the day. Snoring is the one of the earliest symptoms of sleep apnea, or rather an early form of sleep apnea!

Can this be treated?

Yes it can. Depending on what is causing the sleep apnea syndrome in you, treatment can vary from simple weight loss to other treatments like using a simple machine to maintain your airway pressure.

Restless Leg Syndrome?

Yes, there is such a syndrome. This is a condition in which the affected person wants to keep moving his/her leg and has a sense of uneasiness, which, usually the affected person is not able to describe. The causes are wide and varied and depending on the cause, treatment has to be tailored individually.

What can I do to sleep better?

One should try to keep a regular sleep schedule seven days a week by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every night/morning. – The body's circadian rhythm that runs the sleep/wake schedule is sensitive to time changes; an erratic schedule can interfere with it. Avoiding napping – For people having trouble sleeping at night, giving the body rest during the day may hinder sleep later. Any naps should be kept to no more than 30-45 minutes to avoid entering deeper stages of sleep. An environment conducive to sleeping is important. – A good sleep environment is quiet, cool and dark, and has a comfortable bed and pillows. Staying away from stimulants late in the day – Caffeine's half-life varies with the individual and various metabolic factors, but caffeine can affect your ability to sleep for up to 12 hours or more. Nicotine will linger for about six hours in the body. Dinner should be eaten at least two hours before bedtime - The body raises its core temperature to digest food, making it difficult to sleep well as sleep is accompanied by a drop in core body temperature. No alcohol near bedtime – Alcohol can reduce sleep latency. However, it severely fragments sleep as it metabolizes. It takes an hour or more to metabolize each shot (1 oz) of liquor or single beer or glass of wine. Regular exercise – Not only is exercise good for reducing stress, it facilitates better sleep so long as it is completed a few hours before bedtime, giving the body time to cool down again. Keeping a journal or note pad next to the bed – For people who can't "shut the brain off" and are afraid of forgetting something important, writing it all down can help. A plan for the following day can, for example, be written early in the evening and be available bedside for jotting down thoughts just before sleep. A relaxing routine before bedtime – Being engaged and excited, for example by the news or an action film on television, in the last hour before bedtime will often make it difficult to get to sleep. Reading, or a warm bath, is often relaxing. Vitamins, Minerals and Supplement

QUOTES

America's health care system is in crisis precisely because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention.

- Tom Harkin

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.

- Abraham Maslow

There are six components of wellness: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit, control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.

- Kenneth H. Cooper

Water is a only drink for a wise man

- Henry David

Your stomach is not a waste basket

- Anonymous

The ground work of all happiness is good health

– Leigh Hunt

"To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life

– William Londen

Improved diet and physical activity are more effective than medication in reducing the occurrence of Type 2 diabetes.

- New England Journal of Medicine