Sleep Apnea and Sleeping Better

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    We often assume that it is normal for older people to get less sleep during the night than younger people. This assumption often is further explained by the assumption that “older people don’t need as much sleep.” In fact, both of these assumptions are open to question. It is true that people over 50 years of age typically do get less than 7 hours of sleep during the night compared with 8 hours for people 19 to 30 years old. But older people also appear to take more frequent daytime naps than...Read More
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    CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the best treatment for most people with sleep apnea. CPAP completely eliminates sleep apnea, and by doing so it removes the serious risks of cardiovascular and heart disease that result from untreated sleep apnea. CPAP also improves the person’s sleep, energy levels, and ability to enjoy life, so that it is possible to resume activities and career goals that have been restricted by the fatigue and exhaustion of untreated sleep apnea. Finally, CPAP is...Read More
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    The diagnosis of sleep disorders is a challenge. Unlike with most other diseases, a person may be completely unaware that he has a sleep disorder. Therefore, he may not be able to describe the most obvious symptoms because he is asleep when they occur. In some rare instances, a person will report a feeling that the throat is closing off during sleep, a feeling of choking on the tongue, or a feeling of gasping for breath during the night. Usually, however, people are completely unaware of any problem...Read More

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Ralph Pascualy

Ralph Pascualy, MD, is a nationally recognized sleep specialist who has pioneered clinical care programs for patients with sleep disorders since 1984. He is the Director of Sleep Medicine Associates, a leading Northwest sleep medicine service.

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