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Excessive daytime sleepinessFalling asleep at inappropriate times, such as while eating, talking, or driving, is a sign of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Excessive daytime sleepiness can have serious consequences, such as:

Motor vehicle accidents. Sleepiness may be the main cause of over one-third of all fatal traffic accidents and as many as one-half of all traffic accidents.
Poor school performance. Sleepiness can cause impaired learning, perceptual skills, and memory, which may lead to poor school performance and grades.
Work-related accidents. Sleepiness on the job causes performance errors and increases the risk of accidents.
The most common cause of daytime sleepiness is not allowing enough time for a full night's sleep (chronic sleep deprivation)-the demands of our schedules dictate that we wake up to an alarm, not when we are fully rested, and we often stay up long after our body tells us it needs to sleep. Shift workers and teens have a particularly high risk of chronic sleep deprivation.

How much sleep a person needs varies with age and from person to person. The number of hours you sleep is not as important as how you feel when you wake up. If you to do not feel refreshed, you probably need more sleep. Feeling tired during the daytime is another sign you are not getting enough sleep. Many times, simple home treatment can help you get the sleep you need.

Excessive daytime sleepiness may indicate you have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

If you have tried home treatment and still have excessive daytime sleepiness, call your health professional to evaluate your symptoms.


Author Jan Nissl, RN, BS


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What is Sleep Apnea?
Snoring and sleep apnea are common sleep-disordered breathing problems that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life.
Approximately one in every five adults have sleep-disordered breathing (SDB).

Up to 80% of these are unaware of their condition and remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Snoring and sleep apnea often occur together.
Your airway may:
Narrow, limiting airflow as you breathe
Vibrate, commonly heard as snoring
Collapse, so you stop breathing
This third type of change is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is the most common type of SDB and each incident may last for 10 seconds or longer.
What happens to your airway during sleep apnea?
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What does a healthy upper airway look like?


What does an obstructed (blocked) upper airway look like?

What are the main reasons for upper airway obstruction during sleep?
Lack of muscle tone
Gravity
When tissues obstruct the upper airway completely, they prevent breathing, they work to suffocate the sleeper
The sleeper wakes up enough to regain control of the upper airway, breathe again, and then fall back to slee. This happens from dozens to hundreds of times per night for people with OSA, but they usually don't remember waking

What does a partially obstructed airway look like?

What are the potential problems resulting from a partially obstructed upper airway during sleep?
o Each obstruction deprives the body of oxygen and forces it to retain carbon dioxide that it would normally breathe out
o As a result, the body's blood gases get out of balance, and the body is subjected to a 'toxic' environment
o When the body sets off 'alarms' that it needs more oxygen, the brain wakes the sleeper, breathing resumes, and the individual falls back to sleep until the next obstruction occurs
o These obstructions increase heart rate, raise blood pressure, and eventually blunt the body's automatic response system, resulting in increasingly more severe apneas and hypopneas
o The brief wake-ups that people with OSA experience also diminish their quality of sleep, resulting in sleep deprivation
Symptoms from lack of sleep are often what prompt people with OSA to visit their doctor.
These may include:
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Poor concentration
Poor memory
Depression
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there two things I do that is drink water it seems to open the air passage for me or I pull over and let the spleep take over it usually last about 1 hour then I get out of the car and walk around taking deep breaths this usually heps a lot , then i drive on .The most I can drive before I feel my concentration going is 2hours .I do have micro sleeps and if I have an accident the doctor will take my licence off me so I am very carefull to care for myself behind the wheel I hopethis suggestion helps you - shirley

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Yes, I do too, sad to say. Not often but I notice if I have to drive any distance like when I go to Pennsylvania to visit my kids, it is the hardest thing to keep awake while driving. This is about the only time I notice it and it still scars me a little. Open windows, singing, radio, cds, I haven't found any effective help except to tell myself outloud to stay awake.

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I have aphea attacks through the day , I did not notice but others would say what is wrong with your breathing , but now I can feel the throat close on me through the day or when I am eating , I have to cough to force it open again to breath ,I have to be careful I do not fall asleep behind the wheel of the car because if I have an accident from falling asleep the doctor will take my licience off me-shirley

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What Exactly is Sleep Apnea?


Sleep Apnea was first described in 1965 as being characterized by interruptions of breathing while the sufferer sleeps.

Sleep Apnea is a very common disorder that affects millions of Americans. It is as common as diabetes but because of lack of awareness of healthcare workers and the public, most sufferers go undiagnosed and untreated even though this can be a life-threatening disorder that can have long-term consequences if not treated.

People with OSA experience partial closure of their throat during sleep and they stop breathing. The muscles that normally hold the throat open during waking hours relax and narrow during sleep. When the muscles relax and close, air cannot pass at all; hence, you have an Obstructive Sleep Apnea episode. This can last from 10 seconds to over a minute. This causes a lack of oxygen to be circulated through the body and this creates extra stress on the body. Often a person with OSA will be known to snore loudly.

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