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Chronic vs Acute Insomnia: Definition, Symptoms, and Causes
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Chronic vs Acute Insomnia: Definition, Symptoms, and Causes

Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or trouble getting restful, uninterrupted sleep. It’s the most common sleep disorder in the United States, with short-term insomnia affecting nearly 1 in 3 adults and long-term, chronic insomnia affecting 1 in 10 adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 70 million Americans experience...

Narcolepsy and the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): Diagnosis and Reasons
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Narcolepsy and the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): Diagnosis and Reasons

Narcolepsy is a relatively rare sleep disorder, affecting an estimated 200,000 Americans. However, researchers believe many more people with this sometimes debilitating sleep disorder may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, due to this condition being difficult to recognize based on symptoms alone. Many other sleep disorders, physical illnesses, drug interaction side effects and even mental illnesses...

What Is Narcolepsy? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options)
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What Is Narcolepsy? (Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options)

How do sleep medicine physicians define narcolepsy? First, it’s important to note that narcolepsy is one of the less commonly seen sleep disorders. Many people who have excessive daytime sleepiness—who yawn a lot, fall asleep very easily or take unwanted naps during the day—may think they may be narcoleptic, but they’re probably mistaken. It’s far...

Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT): Uses, Indications and Reasons
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Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT): Uses, Indications and Reasons

If your doctor suspects you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they’ll likely recommend you have a sleep study conducted to diagnose the disorder properly. To determine the diagnosis, there are two primary types of sleep study tests: a polysomnogram (PSG) where you’re supervised by a sleep technologist and a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) where...

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? (Signs, Symptoms, and Diagnosis)?
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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? (Signs, Symptoms, and Diagnosis)?

Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders have become a significant health problem in the U.S. And, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, around 22 million individuals in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea — 80 percent have undiagnosed moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s President...

Symptoms of a Sleep Disorder That You May Have Missed
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Symptoms of a Sleep Disorder That You May Have Missed

Sleep Disorders affect over 70 Million Americans Sleep disorders are not rare.  They are actually common and many may actually suffer from a sleep disorder or other sleep issue and not even be aware of it.   Signs of a Sleep Disorder or Sleep Issue Taking longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep Feeling tired or...

What is Parasomnia?
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What is Parasomnia?

Parasomnia  Do you have any abnormal things happening while you’re asleep such as sleepwalking, sleep terrors, sleep eating disorders, sleep paralysis, nightmares, bedwetting, or sleep talking?  The crazy part of having a parasomnia is that you may actually not even know these things are happening. These episodes can be mild and cause little problems or...

Is My Husband’s Snoring Normal?
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Is My Husband’s Snoring Normal?

Snoring  Many people snore.  It can happen when you have a cold or if the air is dry, or even if allergies are bothering you.  Snoring is caused by your throat becoming so relaxed that it becomes narrowed and soft and then your tongue falls backward.  The more your throat narrows the greater you snore.  This...