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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sleeping Problem

I am right here and still awake! It’s now 6:02AM, thanks to my PC clock because our wall clock is not working and I need to get one from hermle clocks for a change to a better one. I am still online and waiting for my eyes to get tired so I can go back to sleep. So I checked wikipedia about sleeping problem, though I know it is because of the 13 hours difference from our Philippine vacation but still I am anxious to know about it! I end up reading about “Sleep apnea”. It is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Similarly, each abnormally low breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study".

There are three forms of sleep apnea: central (CSA), obstructive (OSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea. Regardless of type, an individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body (sequelae). Symptoms may be present for years (or even decades) without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.

For sure this is not our case since we can’t sleep, while apnea is problem while you are sleeping!

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