For Your Health: Tired? Your sleep may not be what you think – Jefferson City News Tribune

Perhaps you spend a good eight hours in bed every night, yet you feel inexplicably sleepy the next day.

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How can this be?

Surely, you should feel refreshed and vibrant after a full night’s sleep.

It’s possible your sleep isn’t the renewing break you think it is. That’s because not all sleep is created equal. A good, deep sleep in which your brain cycles through the various sleep states, allowing for the natural progression of brain waves, is what the body needs.

Many people are unaware they have sleep disorders, which compromise their amount or quality of sleep. Because you may not wake fully, as is often the case with sleep apnea, you don’t realize your sleep is disrupted. You feel tired the next day and you don’t know why.

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Fatigue, especially if it affects your life for more than a couple of weeks, can be a symptom of many medical conditions — from a simple virus to a serious illness. Unremitting or crushing fatigue should be assessed by your primary care provider. In some cases, especially if you exhibit additional symptoms of a potential sleep disorder, your doctor may recommend seeing a sleep specialist or having a sleep study.

Sometimes sleep apnea, in which the patient stops breathing repeatedly during sleep, is most evident to the individual’s bed partner who notices the common pattern of snoring followed by a short period of silence and then a gasp or snorting sound as the patient resumes breathing. The fragmented sle Read More

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