You probably know that drinking alcohol has an effect on your quality of sleep, but did you know that for sleep apnea patients, it can make symptoms worse? It’s been shown that moderate and heavy drinking can trigger obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), even in people who haven’t yet been diagnosed with the sleep disorder. What can you do about your alcohol consumption and sleep apnea?
Does your bed partner keep poking you at night to get you to stop snoring? Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept a wink? Are you so tired during the day that it’s causing problems at work or home? If these scenarios sound familiar to you, then your snoring and sleepiness may be more serious than you think. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea disorder. OSA occurs when your airway becomes blocked, causing shallow breathing or stopping breathing while asleep. You wake up gasping for air, sometimes hundreds of times during the night.
Did you know your new year resolution for weight loss should include more sleep? We tend to think that working out or counting calories is the trick to shedding those extra pounds, but studies show that sleep is just as important to your waistline. So how does sleep affect weight?
On occasion, you might not sleep well due to stress, illness, or eating or drinking too much before bedtime. Hopefully, this only lasts one or two nights before you’re back to your normal, quality sleep. Those who suffer from poor sleep consistently or have a true sleeping disorder, however, aren’t able to achieve quality rest for a long period of time. They go through their days with low energy, feeling constantly tired and this can affect their overall mood, health and relationships.
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