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Insomnia Treatment

If you suspect that you are suffering from Insomnia you may be able to make improvements by adjusting your sleeping routine. However, if there is no improvement after adjusting your sleeping habits, you should speak to your general medical practitioner, especially if symptoms have persisted for longer than four weeks. 

Insomnia Test

Insomnia Test and Diagnosis

Before seeking a diagnosis from a professional medical practitioner, you can ask yourself a series of questions, effectively conducting your own insomnia test.

Insomnia Symptoms

Insomnia Symptoms – What Are they?

It is believed that most people experience insomnia at some point in their lives. Often, insomnia is a symptom of a more serious issue. Therefore, it is important to recognize insomnia symptoms if and when they occur.

Sleep Deprivation (Insomnia)

Sleep Deprivation Sufferers

It is believed that most people experience insomnia at some point in their lives. The Sleep Health Foundations reports that approximately 1 in 3 people suffer from some form of sleep deprivation (insomnia). They estimate that at any given time about 10% of people in the western world suffer from this problem.

However, sleepeducation.org claim that numbers may be even higher. They say that about 30% of adults experience brief symptoms, whereas 10% experience chronic symptoms.

The elderly have a higher risk of experiencing sleep deprivation (insomnia). Women are twice as likely to have it than men. Those with irregular routines, such as shift workers or those regularly traveling for business, are also at greater risk.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

The type of sleep apnea treatment prescribed by your sleep specialist will very much depend on the severity of your diagnosis. Treatment can range from changes in lifestyle choices (the use of alcohol, recreational drugs, cigarettes, sedatives, etc.) to the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and in the most serious cases, surgery.

Sleep Apnea Test

Initial Sleep Apnea Test

When you alert your doctor he/she may conduct a series of sleep apnea tests. However, your doctor’s initial diagnosis will likely be based on family medical history, physical examination, and sleep study results. Your general practitioner will be able to evaluate the severity of the symptoms and recommend treatment or refer you to a sleep specialist depending on symptom severity.

It may be worth checking to see if there are other sleep apnea sufferers in the family. Remember, many people are unaware of the symptoms and their sleep apnea is left undiagnosed.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

What Are Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

“Apnea” is derived from the Greek word “apnous” which literally translates as “breathless.”  Therefore, it stands to reason that symptoms may involve breathing difficulties.  That being said, symptoms of sleep apnea (sometimes spelled apnoea) are many and varied. This post will discuss the most common symptoms.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) can often be distinguished by their respective symptoms. However, given that these are two forms of the same sleeping disorder, they also share a number of symptoms. This may present a challenge when diagnosing a patient suffering from sleep apnea.

Since it is possible for a person to suffer from both OSA and CSA, it is not unusual for someone to display symptoms characteristic of both forms of the disorder.

Apnea (Apnoea)

The Apnea Epidemic

Many sufferers of apnea (sometimes spelled apnoea) will tell you what a nightmare it is, but many others don’t even realize they have it. Often, apnea is first noticed by a family member rather than the sufferer themselves.

Sleep apnea occurs widely in adults and children worldwide. Sleepdex.org estimates that eighteen million people in the United States alone are affected.

What is Apnea?

“Apnea” is derived from the Greek word “apnous” which literally translates as “breathless”. Apnea is a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing while a person sleeps.