Many women suffer in silence

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How would you like to awaken totally refreshed every morning?? You could!

Many women avoid seeking medical advice for lack of sleep and a feeling of constant tiredness, exhaustion, and fatigue which are often a sign of serious medical conditions. A study has shown that almost 50 percent of women suffer from sleep deprivation quietly. But this is usually a sign of serious medical condition. The belief that it is only a side effect of growing older causes many of them to avoid seeking medical advice, and many that seek medical advice may be told that it is a side effect of growing old, pregnancy or menopause. These may be factors but the cause must be found!

Lack of the proper sleep (not just time in bed) is known to be the cause of an increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes for middle-aged women. However, only one woman in four who has trouble sleeping tells their doctor, the study by John Stradling at Oxford University found. Lack of sleep could be caused by sleep apnea — an often (90 percent) undiagnosed disorder which causes snoring and dangerous pauses in breathing. If left untreated it could lead to more serious health problems such as stroke, heart attack, and even cancer. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, insomnia, restless legs, fatigue, depression, headaches and muscle pain.

Many times the feeling of being exhausted is thought by many women to just be part of the modern life when the fact is that it usually is a symptom of something much more serious. Untreated, this condition leaves women at large risk of reduced quality of life and many serious health conditions. Six in 10 women reported that they are irritable during the day and believe it is because of a lack of sleep.

Professor Stradling said: “Many women are not aware that they may have sleep apnea, meaning that they are missing out on the medical advice or treatment that they need. It is important that they speak to their GP about any sleep problems that they have — the sooner their sleep issues are addressed by a sleep expert, the better.”

Bill Johnston, chairman of the Sleep Apnea Trust Association, which commissioned the survey, said it was “…easy to blame poor sleep on a change in the seasons, especially in winter. For many it is, but for others, sleep issues could be a sign of sleep apnea. The overall lack of awareness around sleep apnea symptoms and its impact on a person’s health may mean that many are suffering in silence so it is important that we work with health care professionals to uncover this missing group and help minimize the impact of sleep problems on their lives. Women also need to help their doctor understand how they sleep to avoid misdiagnosis.”

A Harvard study was done involving 59,000 middle-aged and elderly women. The study suggested that those who have proper sleep for less than six hours a night were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is believed to be a result of pro-inflammatory cytokines which are substances linked to our sleep-wake cycle also have an impact on the way glucose is processed in the pancreas.

Northwest Treatment Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Coeur d’Alene offers you a free consultation to discuss your problem and possible treatment options. This may be just what you have been looking for so you can wake up refreshed and stay that way all day!

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Dr. Donald Johnson founded Northwest Treatment Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Coeur d’Alene to help patients stop their snoring and live free with no limits! Obstructive sleep apnea is usually able to be treated with a small oral appliance. Dr. Johnson’s office is at 114 W. Neider Ave., near Costco. The website for more information is www.NWSleepDoc.com and the office phone is (208) 667-4551. Schedule a free consultation appointment today!

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