Alertness is directly connected to your sleep health. Treating the sleep disorder is the only way for your body to refresh and your mind to be fully alert.

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Sleep Apnea may increase the risks and complications associated with hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

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Obesity (BMI > 30) and a neck circumference > 18 inches increase your risk of Sleep Apnea.

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DOT requirements include reporting Sleep Apnea and compliance with treatment.

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Truckers who habitually sleep less than six hours per night are much more likely to have a higher than average body mass index (extra fat), leading to a host of health problems.

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Sleep Tip: Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, and some pain relievers) for 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.

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Poor sleep causes your body to produce more cortisol, which is often called the "stress hormone”.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) closes your airway, causing you to wake up hundreds of times throughout the night. Every time you wake, your blood pressure rises. When treated, blood pressure may go down.

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Sleep Tip: Quiet makes it easier to sleep. If it’s noisy where you are, wear earplugs or invest in a sleep machine that fills your room with white noise.

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Poor sleep interferes with how your body processes glucose (sugars), increasing your risk for diabetes.

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If you have hypertension, a single night of poor sleep can elevate your blood pressure throughout the following day.

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Sleep Tip: Dark rooms make it easier to sleep. Use heavy curtains, blackout shades, or an eye mask to block light. Light is a powerful cue to the brain that it’s time to wake up.

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Long-time poor sleep has been connected with depression, anxiety and mental distress.

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You shorten your life when you don’t get enough sleep. Sleeping 5 hours or less per night increases your risk of premature death by roughly 15 percent.

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Sleep Tip: Taking a bath before bed increases and then drops your body temperature, making you drowsy.

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An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder.

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Self-medicating your sleep disorder with an over-the-counter (OTC) remedy can cause major side effects and may make your sleep problems worse.

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Sleep Tip: If you’re still struggling to fall asleep after 20 minutes, get up and read or listen to music until you are tired enough to sleep.

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Driving drowsy can be as dangerous as drinking and driving. Sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness and impairs your judgment, increasing your chances for an accident.

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The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath".

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Sleep Tip: Late-day naps may be causing your insomnia. If you must nap, make it short and before 5 p.m.

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Some medications, such as antidepressants, steroids, and allergy and cold products can cause insomnia.

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Watch out for the car or truck next to you: 60% of adult drivers have driven a vehicle drowsy; more than 1/3 have fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Sleep Tip: Eating a pepperoni pizza at 10 p.m. may be a recipe for insomnia. Finish dinner several hours before bedtime and avoid foods that cause iindigestion.

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Sign you may have a sleep disorder: You spend a lot of time lying awake in bed at night or you frequently nod off during the day.

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Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. Symptoms are trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than you want and you are unable to get back to sleep.

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Sleep Tip: Drink enough fluid at night so you won’t wake up thirsty—but not so much and so close to bedtime that you wake up for extra trips to the bathroom.

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Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines treat sleep apnea. The device keeps your airway open by sending a constant, low-pressure stream of air through your nose while you sleep.

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Restless Leg Syndrome is a sleep disorder. Symptoms are involuntary kicking and jerking movements of the legs and arms, often hundreds of times during the night. Treatment is usually effective.

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Sleep Tip: Exercise stimulates a hormone that wakes up the brain. So finish exercising at least three hours before bed.

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If you have a sleep disorder, your doctor will develop a custom treatment plan designed to work around your job.

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Sleep time is important as well as sleep quality. If you habitually sleep fewer than 6 hours a night, you put your health at risk.

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If you snore excessively, you may have a sleep disorder.

 

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