Sleep disorders

A few weeks ago I found that I suffer from a sleep disorder. In finding information on Sleep Apnea I found that

"…Sleep disorders are thought to affect 40 million people in the United States alone. The total cost to the public that result from these disorders are almost impossible to estimate,

as they include not only medical care costs but also accident costs, since accidents often are associated with sleep deprivation. (from Sleep and Breathing by edited by Claude Lenfant, Published by Marcel Dekker Inc, New York 1994)

and Sleep Apnea is linked to Diabetes, Heart Attack, Pregnancy complications, high blood pressure and stroke. In the past it was thought that obesity led to Sleep Apnea, but there is some evidence that it could also be the reverse. Sleep Apnea can cause people to become over weight.

There are a few treatments for Sleep Apnea, what I found that I have, my doctor and I chose the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. I wear a sleep mask over my nose and mouth when I sleep. It blows air into the air passage keeping it open so I can sleep better.

I have been using the "machine" for a couple of weeks. It takes a little getting used to, but it is amazing how much better I feel, I have more energy, it is easier to get up in the morning, I even wake up before the alarm some mornings. I don’t feel like I need a nap in the middle of the afternoon, and the dark circles under my eyes, that I have had for as long as I can remember, are not as dark.

The Jackson District library has a few books on Sleep Disorders

There is one specifically on Sleep Apnea listed in the catalog

As well many articles in our "Database" click on some of them and do search for sleep disorders.

Or call our reference department, 517-788-4088

A side note, if you think you have a sleep disorder please check with your doctor before trying any treatment.