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What Are the Long-Term Effects of Sleep Apnea?

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Everyone knows that sleep is important – and who doesn’t love to sleep – but do you know just how important it is for your long-term health? If you suffer from sleep apnea, you are one of 18 million Americans affected by the disorder. While it’s a very common affliction, a lot of people who suffer from it do not get the adequate care that they need, which could lead to long-term health issues.

Counting Sheep: Why Do We Do It?

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One sheep, two sheep, three sheep, four. Sleep hasn't come; let me count some more. Five sheep, six sheep, seven sheep, eight. The sleep I'll have will not be great.

Counting sheep: many of us do it while others need no part of it to sleep. their sleep comes swiftly and blissfully. But for those of us that need to do it to fall asleep, the question is why, and does it actually help?

The Hidden Dangers of Snoring

Snoring is extremely common, and it's estimated that between 30 and 50% of adults snore and as many as 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Snoring is both uncomfortable and disruptive for your sleep and for those who sleep near you, but it can also lead to serious side effects to your overall health. These are just a few of the hidden dangers of snoring.

3 Reasons you Snored After Thanksgiving dinner

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Your Thanksgiving guests went home, and the turkey-supplied Tryptophan lulled you into a deep sleep. That night, you may have received a loving jab to your ribs, as your partner tried to make the unbearably loud snoring stop!

Did you notice, or did you hear, that you snored with extra voracity that night? Maybe you suffered from obstructive sleep apnea, as snoring is one easily identified symptom.

A Better Nightly Routine Promotes a Good Night's Sleep

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Did you know everything from room temperature to evening activities to meals affects your sleep? 

If you set up a better nightly routine and stick with it, you'll enjoy a better night's sleep, waking up refreshed and renewed. The National Sleep Foundation suggests several tips that begin with your nightly routine.

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