Poor sleep quality can be very frustrating, but it also can be dangerous. If you are not getting a refreshing night’s sleep, your ability to think clearly, perform your job effectively or even drive your car safely may be affected.
Sleep disorders can include narcolepsy (excessive sleepiness), restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, which affects 18 million people in the United States alone, occurs when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep, narrowing the airway and impairing breathing. Essentially, people with this condition stop breathing many times for short periods of time through the night. This can lead to more serious health problems, including migraines, heart failure and stroke.
It is important for you to know if your sleep issues are affecting your life and overall health.
Find out if you are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea by taking this simple test.