Monday, July 08, 2013
Better Homes and Gardens page 180 February 2008
Recruit a listener. Ask the person lying next to you to listen to you the next time you sleep. A little gentle snoring is fine. But if your spouse hears loud snoring coupled with episodes in which you stop breathing for a second or two, you may have sleep apnea, which has been linked to heart disease. Here's why: When you stop breathing, you cut off oxygen to the heart, a process that gets repeated over and over again during the night. "Obstructive sleep apnea can wake people up hundreds of times a night" even if they don' realize it, says Michael Breus, a sleep specialist and author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4 Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health. See your doctor for advice on diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea.
READY BED FOR DAYTIME. If you can, take regular afternoon rests. Harvard researchers recently found that those who frequently snoozed at midday were 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease.
My mother regularly napped for at least an hour after her noon meal. She was in amazing good health during her elder years.
My husband did the loud snoring, gasping, etc breathing (lack there of!) till I finally convinced him to go to Dr for MY sake. I couldn't sleep with all the racket he was making...and I was sincerely worried about him. He had a sleep study done. They stopped the study in the middle of the night and started him on a c-pap. The difference in his sleep, mood, energy and everything else was immediate.
Now I sleep better, too.