DID YOU KNOW?
Remember, as a child, watching cartoons and seeing the creative, charming ways in which snoring was depicted? People floating above their beds with the inhale, landing softly with the exhale... the cute whistling noises and soft rattles reimagined into amusing songs?
That's probably not the way your bedpartner snores.
If only the charming, harmless snoring depicted in cartoons could replace the ugly, dangerous reality of sleep-disordered breathing.
In case you didn't hear about it in the news... Americans are challenged to get adequate, quality sleep. A CDC report last week reveals that a third of all adults in the US do not get the National Sleep Foundation's recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This indicates that insufficient sleep—better known as sleep deprivation—is quietly becoming a public health crisis.
If this is not news to you, it's probably because you join the millions of Americans suffering from sleep loss, which leads to problems with daytime sleepiness while at work, behind the wheel of a car, or going about the many activities of your day.
While insomnia may account for a good number of complaints about poor sleep, daytime sleepiness is not only the result of insomnia. In fact, many people go to bed every night believing that they are sleeping through their allotted 8 hours, only to discover they are still exhausted, even napping, during the day.
There are a number of reasons that could explain this: you have other medical conditions that contribute to your drowsy days, or you may take medications that contribute to your somnolence. Sometimes it's a case of not practicing good sleep hygiene that leads you to troubles staying awake during the day. But commonly, it's an unidentified sleep disorder that's to blame for the sleepiness of literally millions of Americans.