Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sleep disorders go unrecognized

Last week was National Sleep Awareness week. Somewhere between 50 - 150 million people in the United States alone have some sort of sleep disorder... and fewer than 5% have been diagnosed.

While there are many types of sleep disorder, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, are the most prevalent. Snoring and sleep apnea can be the cause of daytime drowsiness, irritability, headache and acid indigestion. They can also account for the more serious medical problems of stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, depression, heart disease, diabetes and even erectile dysfunction.

If you have been told that you snore, have been told that you stop breathing and gasp for air during sleep, have high blood pressure and feel tired during the day even after a full night's sleep you should check with your physician or specially trained dentist to see if you are suffering from obstuctive sleep apnea.

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