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Many of us lie awake at night wondering when sleep will come. Others fall asleep quickly only to awaken in the wee hours. Whatever the scenario, most adults have experienced difficulty getting a full, restful night's sleep.

Insufficient sleep is linked to chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Alternatively, sufficient sleep is increasingly recognized as an important part of chronic disease prevention and health and wellness promotion. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

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Sleep apnea is a common and treatable medical condition. If self-help treatments do not alleviate apnea episodes, patients commonly turn to medical treatment options, such as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), BPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure), nocturnal oxygen, dental devices or surgery.

Medical treatment options

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After your doctor diagnoses sleep apnea, the next step is treating it. The first and usually most important way to treat it is to try the following self-help options, especially if you have mild sleep apnea. These may help you avoid nocturnal breathing devices. However, if your sleep apnea is moderate to severe, additional measures may be necessary. We’ll discuss those in our next blog post on this topic.

Self-help treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea:

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In our last blog post on sleep apnea, we asked: "Do you have sleep apnea?" and we explained that those with this condition might experience excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration, headaches and abrupt awakenings. And we mentioned that bed partners are often the first to notice episodes of breathing cessation, restlessness during sleep, nighttime gasping and loud snoring. We now turn our attention to diagnosis of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea tests:

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Although we may tease our loved ones and friends about their snoring, it may be a sign of a common disorder called sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea often experience snoring that wakes them or interrupts their breathing rhythm with long gaps known as apnea periods.

Sleep apnea is one of several key sleep disorders and may require medical attention, especially if it’s coupled with excessive daytime sleepiness. Your loved ones may likely be the first to comment on your snoring, since it may be affecting their sleep. The great news is that you all can get a restful night’s sleep with proper medical attention.

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