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Snoring: how bad is it for you?

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Do you snore when you sleep? If you do, how many of the following do you experience? Morning headache or chest pain Excessive daytime sleepiness Sudden awakenings with shortness of breath Waking up with dry mouth or sore throat Difficulty concentrating during the day Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability Difficulty staying asleep High blood pressure Trouble getting up in the mornings Problems with sex If you have experienced some of the above signs or symptoms, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much....

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Snoring kills. Don't ignore it.

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Snoring kills. Don't ignore it.

Snoring is not funny or cute. It can be bothersome to the snorer's bed partner, causing sleep difficulty for him or her. To the person who is snoring, the health risks are profound. This is because snoring can be a warning sign of sleep apnea. The word "apnea" means "without breath." So, sleep apnea is a condition where a person temporarily stops breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. OSA is caused by a narrowing or complete obstruction of the airway while sleeping. The airway contains muscles that relax when one is asleep, causing...

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Sleep your way to great health

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Sleep your way to great health

Have you noticed that when you are busy and sleep less to get things done, you are more likely to get sick? There is a reason for that. A recent study shows that lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. Your body then becomes less effective at defending itself against infections, such as cold and sore throat. Seven or more hours of sleep is needed for optimal health. Yet, one­ third of today's working population gets less than six hours of sleep each night. The study followed two twins, one of whom got on average one more hour of sleep each night than...

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Colorectal cancer: young people get it, too

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Colorectal cancer: young people get it, too

Cases of colon and rectal cancer are going up in people under the age of 50. People younger than 50 are rarery screened for these cancers. According to a recent study, rates among younger people grew by more than 11% between 2004 and 2014. That is a significant increase, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center recently projected that cases of colon cancer in people aged 20 to 34 will increase by 90% by 2030. They expect the number of rectal cancer diagnoses to more than double. Black people are about twice as...

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A buyer's guide to CPAP machines

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A buyer's guide to CPAP machines

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine delivers pressurized air through your nose and/or mouth to prevent your airway from narrowing or closing when you sleep. The device consists of three parts: A machine that pumps room air at a set pressure; A hose to deliver the pressurized air, and A mask that delivers the air into your airways.   A Drive DeVilbiss Intellipap 2 CPAP machine with autoadjust feature and heated humidification system. Who makes the machine? Look for a device from a reputable manufacturer. Drive DeVilbiss, Philips...

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