Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sleeping With Cpap Sleep Apnea Machines By Alexes Lebeau

It is estimated that 18 million Americans are suffering from sleep apnea. This number has escalated over the years. Lifestyle and environment has contributed to the silent epidemic. This sleeping disorder rouses a sleeper to gasp and wheeze for want of air. To cope, people are using Continuous Positive Airway Apnea Pressure or CPAP sleep apnea machines.

The symptoms of apnea are loud snoring, sleepiness, morning headaches, memory impairment, and lack of concentration. Apnea poses risks to drivers who may fall asleep while on the road. If apnea is present in children, they are likely to snore, and lack focus, and drowsy during the daytime. Using breathing CPAP sleep apnea machines help sufferers get better sleep.

Apnea in adults is caused by smoking, drinking, and exposure to allergens. In children, the disorder is caused by enlarged adenoids and tonsils. If these symptoms are detected in any family member, bring them to the doctor for medical evaluation. In the case of children with sleep apnea, surgical removal of the tonsils or adenoids is recommended.

Adults may undergo complicated surgeries, depending on the severity of their apnea. Fortunately, there are alternatives to surgery. Breathing devices like the CPAP sleep apnea machines are available in different models and features. These come in different price tags too. These devices will ensure you get oxygen while you sleep.

How Do These CPAP Sleep Apnea Machines Work?

A good sleep is a combination of body and brain rest. The brain slows down to a slower rhythm, and the body is relaxed. The best sleep is a combination of non-rapid and rapid eye movement. A deep invigorating sleep will leave one feeling fully rested, and physically and mentally alert the following day.

Apnea disturbs this sleep. The frequency of the disturbance robs the sufferer of adequate sleep as he or she has to wake up to gasp for air. But not anymore, if they are using CPAP sleep apnea machines to help them breathe while they are in deep sleep.

The CPAP is a small device; some models are small enough to carry around with convenience. The CPAP contraption has a nasal mask that is connected to the machine. During sleep, the machine forces air into the airways through the nostrils. This keeps the airways open. The doctor determines the air pressure, not you nor the seller.

Once you have your CPAP have the doctor check it regularly; but it is wrong to think that you can just get a CPAP without consulting with your doctor. The doctor can provide you the best option for your condition. CPAP sleep apnea machines have different functions for different needs.

What are the Kinds of CPAP Sleep Apnea Machines?

A CPAP machine must bear FDA approval. Since there are several CPAPs in the market, it is best to have a good one that will be recommended by your doctor.

The automatic ResMed S8 is one CPAP machine with FDA seal of approval. As breath requirements change, the unit will adjust on a breath-by-breath basis. The compact S8 Escape can be toted along, ensuring a good night’s sleep anywhere. The C-Flex provides the best possible pressure to provide relief when exhaling.

Whatever the make and the brand, CPAPs have been proven the best cure for Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. They can cost as much as $800 to $400. It is better to buy these offline so you can check the device before paying up.

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RBD Sleep Disorders: Dramatic And Violent Dreams During Sleep By Andrew Manifield

A person with RBD sleep disorder acts out dramatic as well as violent dreams while he or she is in a rapid eye movement (REM) stage sleep. It is also accompanied by shouting as well as grunting, and seems to resemble other sleep disorders that involve motor activity such as sleepwalking or periodic limb movement disorder. However, these conditions do not occur during REM sleep as is the case with RBD sleep disorder, and is characterized by sleep paralysis.

One will notice RBD sleep disorder in men of 60 years of age or above though it can occur in those who are still quite young as well. This condition is the subject of many family anecdotes, and may often not reach the ears of those that matter most – doctors. It has thus led to inexact statistics relating to such incidences. In fact, it was first described in 1986, but there is no sure known cause why such a condition arises.

RBD sleep disorder does occur while there is rapid eye movement sleep in which brain activity patterns are like wakefulness that can be documented by polysomnography as well as other sleep tests. Another characteristic of this condition is a state of atonia or muscle paralysis, and the body is still, but the brain is extremely active.

RBD sleep disorder by itself will not cause the patient to feel sleepy during the day though it is found to be present along with other sleep disorders which could result in daytime sleepiness. Some of these disorders include sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder as well as narcolepsy. It will also cause the bed partner to be awoken, which is how the patient will become aware of such a condition.

Not Mental

RBD sleep disorder is not a psychiatric disorder and patients do not have a mental problem though it is most often found to affect men, and is uncommon in women and children. It is believed, that less than one per cent of the population has such a condition. People more advanced in age are most prone to such a condition and anyone with a neurological disorder may also be afflicted.

RBD sleep disorder is likely to affect (it is believed, up to 33 per cent) of those people suffering from Parkinson’s disease and it is believed, that 90 per cent of those with multiple system atrophy are also likely to get this condition. RBD sleep disorder gets worse with time and so, requires consulting a sleep specialist to minimize the risk to both the patient as well as his or her bed partner.

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