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Sleep Disorder Symptoms:
Do you . . .
– feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
– have difficulty staying awake when sitting still,
watching television or reading?
– fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
– have difficulty concentrating?
– often get told by others that you look tired?
– react slowly?
have emotional outbursts?
– feel like taking a nap almost every day?
– require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going?
When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Some people can’t recall.
Sleep is something we all need but few of us actually get. With life moving so fast, stress over finances, family or work can keep you up all night.
Experts say one in three people have some type of sleep disorder, especially during this tough economy. The number of sleeping disorder victims has risen 30 percent since 2005.
“When you don’t get enough sleep, everything goes wrong in your life,” said Sutter Health sleep specialist Dr. Linda Wytrzs.
Common insomnia can be treated with prescription medication but there can be more serious reasons for restlessness.
Linda Minder was unhappy and tired for most of her young life but didn’t know why.
“Since I was a teen, I was lazy, lethargic and had little energy to do things, “said 54-year-old Minder.
In fact, Linda didn’t actually sleep for about 13 years and finally decided to record herself sleeping.
“Oh, it was horrible, I sounded like a grizzly bear, I was choking for air all night,” Minder said.
Minder went to the Sutter Sleep Center for medical observation and found out she has sleep apnea which prevents a person from getting enough air while asleep.
“It didn’t take long to diagnose my problem,” said Minder.
Sutter outfitted Minder with a small machine called a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device, which fits over her mouth like a small mask.
Dr. Wytrzs said she has seen cases of sleep apnea spike in the Sacramento region over the past several years.
“As we become older and less healthy, sleep apnea goes way up,” said Wytrzs.
Minder uses the CPAP machine every night and said it has changed her life.
“I’ve lost 40 pounds, I workout daily and am interested in dating again, it’s great!,” said Minder.
If you suspect you may be suffering from a sleeping disorder, consult your doctor.