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Sleep Disorders and How to Treat Them

            Conditions that keep people from sleeping, and causes daytime tiredness are known as sleep disorders. Many people at some point and time will discover some type of sleeping disorder. There are many types of symptoms that can determine if you could have a sleep disorder, the main one being sleep walking. About 70 million Americans suffer from many different sleep disorders but the main ones being Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Sleep terrors. When a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep it is said to be called, Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a serious condition and people who have not been treated for it are known to stop breathing many times in their sleep. In Greek the word "apnea" means "without breath". Common Symptoms of sleep apnea are as follows: Excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, another person witnessing your breathing coming and going, abrupt awakenings, morning headaches, and attention problems.
             There are two types of sleep apnea, Obstructive and Central. Obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA, is the more common of them both. It's caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. People with this condition believe that they sleep well at night, when really they wake up snorting, choking, and gasping for air about 30 times an hour, all night long. When they wake in the morning and still feel really tired, that's when they realize they had a bad nights rest. Some common risk factors for OSA are, excessive weight gain, neck circumferences because people with thicker necks have narrow airways, being a male because men are twice as likely to get it, being older, because sleep apnea occurs in adults older than 60, and race, blacks are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea. .
             The next type of sleep order is known as Central sleep apnea, which isn't so popular.

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