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Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Sleep Stages (Overview)

A sleep stage is one of the five stages of sleep, which differ from one another by the brain's activity. Four of the stages are called non-REM sleep, and the other is REM (or Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. REM sleep is when we dream. Non-REM sleep is stages 1 to 4, representing increasing depth of sleep.


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Is obstructive sleep apnea curable?

Is obstructive sleep apnea curable?

Yes: CPAP will greatly help symptoms, this is a mask that applies a low level of air pressure to the airway keeping it from blocking during sleep and effectively treats sleep apnea. In most patients the sleep apnea is related to obesity. Weight loss will help and sometimes even cure the sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
335 doctors shared insights

Sleep Stages (Overview)

A sleep stage is one of the five stages of sleep, which differ from one another by the brain's activity. Four of the stages are called non-REM sleep, and the other is REM (or Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. REM sleep is when we dream. Non-REM sleep is stages 1 to 4, representing increasing depth of sleep.


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Can dreams occur only in REM sleep stage or in all stages of sleep?

Can dreams occur only in REM sleep stage or in all stages of sleep?

Most common: It is most common in rem sleep but it can also occur in non rem sleep. Particularly deeper or delta sleep. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
Once
Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
Daily
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Can we die during sleep from sleep apnea?

Can we die during sleep from sleep apnea?

Yes: Nocturnal sudden death can occur as a result of sleep apnea. Fortunately it is not common, but this is a serious condition, so don't take it lightly. See your md for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition. ...Read more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
Once
Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
Once
Never drive sleepy
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Does sleep deprivation cause sleep walking?

Does sleep deprivation cause sleep walking?

Yes: People prone to sleep walking are more likely to do so when they are recovering (ie getting good sleep) after sleep deprivation. ...Read more

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Cure of sleep apnea?

Cure of sleep apnea?

No cure: There is high failure rate of surgical procedures for sleep apnea. Best treatment is the CPAP mask adjusted to the right pressure. There are some that automatically adjust themselves for the best pressure. Need to get the most comfortable mask & less noisy machine .Complications of surgery include airway obstruction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, pain, death, dysphagia, velopharyngeal etc... ...Read more

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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read more

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Can we die during sleep, if sleep apnea?

Can we die during sleep, if sleep apnea?

Death from apnea-yes: There is a five fold risk of dying from cancer with severe sleep apnea. Also a higher risk of heart disease. With daytime sleepiness, there is an increases risk of traffic accidents. After general anesthesia or narcotic pain medicine, there is an increased risk of dying in your sleep. If you awaken frequently, snore heavily, or have daytime sleepiness, would be wise to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

Deep sleep: Night terrors are associated with enrty into the deepest sleep stages, which is why concerned parents have difficulty waking a child having one & most victims do not recall the events.Night mares are associated with shallow sleep and are remembered at least breafly by those who have them. ...Read more

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How to sleep early at night?

How to sleep early at night?

Improve sleep: Tips to sleep early at night 1) Make sure you a tired prior to going to bed 2) Obtain 30 min sunlight in the AM when you wake up 3) Exercise, AM is better as if you exercise close to bed time it can keep you awake 4) Avoid caffeine after lunch 5) Develop a relaxation ritual prior to going to bed, listen to calming music, inhale lavender essential oil, breathing exercises 6) Contact me for help ...Read more

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How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

Extremely: CPAP that is is properly fitted by therapists who know what they are doing is extremely effective. ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea sometimes fatal?

Is sleep apnea sometimes fatal?

Not common: This is really tough... Apnea leads to factors that while may not cause sudden death can lead to factors that contribute to death. There is a known association between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, Insulin resistance, and decreased life expectancy. People with sleep apnea are 4-7 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. It is a serious medical problem! ...Read more

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Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Consider Nuvigil: For patients with ongoing sleepiness in spirited of cpap, Nuvigil is usually the next recorded treatment. It only occasionally raises blood pressure, but you should have it checked if you start on it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more