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Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth's Sleep Center: For a Better Night’s Sleep
Snoring and sleep apnea can prevent a good night’s sleep, for the sufferer and for those trying to sleep nearby. While snoring and sleep apnea affect three times as many men as women, these conditions can affect relationships by preventing both parties from sleeping soundly. Children can also snore or have sleep apnea, affecting behavior and performance in school.
Snoring is caused by the soft palate relaxing too much during sleep; the soft palate then vibrates during breathing and that causes the noise that others can hear. Often the person will wake up several times during the night, again interrupting sleep cycles.
Sleep apnea, which may include snoring, is a condition in which a person stops breathing for short periods of time while sleeping. The person will arouse enough to start breathing again, but this interrupts the sleep cycle. The person may be unaware of the sleep/wake cycles. A majority of people with sleep apnea don’t even know they have a problem. Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to depression, high blood pressure and higher risk for heart attack and stroke.
Sleep apnea can be properly diagnosed with the help of a sleep study. Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth's new, state-of-the-art Sleep Center provides patients with the best technology in hotel-like environment. For more information, call 1-508-746-1720.
One Step Further: For a better night’s sleep, practice good sleep hygiene: • Lose weight, if you are over your ideal weight • Avoid alcohol and smoking • Limit medications, such as sleeping pills, which can actually make sleep problems worse.