July 15, 2013 - Sleeping Around

Sleeping Around...Our sleep is a pattern of stages that cycle throughout the night.  Sleep apnea is a condition that disrupts that cycle.  Snoring alone does not mean that a person has sleep apnea, although it can be a sign of it.  If you are sleeping more than 7 hours a night without waking up for any other reasons and yet still find yourself falling asleep during the day, then you should talk to your doctor about getting a sleep study.  If you are tired during the day but only sleeping 4 hours a night, or pulling an all nighter once a week, or sleeping widely different hours every night, then try to increase the quantity and consistency of your sleep before you start worrying about the quality.  6-7 hours a night is generally the goal for most of us.  

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