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Life with Sleep Disorders

Learn about how to prevent or minimize the occurrence of sleep disorders, how to maintain your quality of life (relationships and emotional issues), how to manage your lifestyle (diet and exercise), and find additional resources (support groups, books, and websites).

Ways to Conserve Energy in Extreme Fatigue
If you are constantly tired or suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, you may benefit from learning ways to conserve energy in extreme fatigue. Fatigue can be greatly debilitating. With careful planning and making some simple accommodations you will be able to conserve energy and thrive in spite of your extreme fatigue.

Coping with a Sleep Disorder - How Do You Cope
As with any medical condition, it can often be difficult coping with a sleep disorder. That's why it's important to commit to getting it diagnosed and treated. As part of this, many people learn their own methods of coping with their illness. How do you cope with your sleep disorder? What advice do you have to share with others who are afflicted? What support helped you the most?

Coping with a Sleep Disorder
For those with sleep disorders, there is a clear process of seeking recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. But it can be equally important to find support and alternatives when treatment fails.

Sleep Disorders - Coping with Sleep Disorders
It is not easy being diagnosed with a medical condition, especially one that can affect your life as significantly as a sleep disorder can. Fortunately there are many resources available to help you cope with your diagnosis and thrive in spite of your illness.

CDC's Sleep and Sleep Disorders
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides a brief introduction to sleep and sleep disorders.

NIH Sleep Disorders
Explore the fascinating world of sleep disorders on one of the best websites for information, provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

American Sleep Apnea Association
This is a good resource for those who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Narcolepsy Network
This is a good resource for those who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy.

Preventing Parasomnias
Learn about how to prevent parasomnias from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Strange Sleep Behaviors - Describe Some of Your Strange Sleep…
There are many potential causes to abnormal sleep behaviors, ranging from common parasomnias such as sleepwalking or sleep talking to strange behaviors such as sleep eating or sleep sex.

How Does CPAP Affect Your Sex Life?
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have started to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), you may have some concerns and questions, including, how does CPAP affect your sex life? Though you may initially worry about how CPAP will affect your romantic life, you may find that improvements in your energy levels and other...

CPAP Sex Life - Has CPAP Changed Your Sex Life
If you use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat your sleep apnea, you may worry about how its use will impact your sex life. Read...

Top 10 CPAP Compliance Solutions
If you have encountered problems learning to tolerate your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat your sleep apnea, you may be interested in reading about some possible solutions to improve your compliance with the therapy.

Jobs for Sleep Disorders - Recommend Jobs for Those with Sleep Disorders
If you suffer from a sleep disorder, you may need to adjust your employment to accommodate your limitations. Excessive sleepiness and fatigue from insomnia or sleep apnea may leave you drained. Circadian rhythm disorders may require alternative schedules. Share with others how you managed your career while having a sleep disorder.

How to Get Through Airport Security When You Travel with CPAP
If you have sleep apnea treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), you may wonder how to get through airport security when you travel with CPAP away from home. It is important that you use your CPAP every night, even when away on business or vacation, and a few simple steps should make getting through security a breeze.

Unwanted Advice - How Do You Handle Unwanted Sleep Disorder Advice
If you have discussed your sleep disorder with someone else, you may have been given some unsolicited and unwanted advice. Whether the other person has experienced your condition or not, this input can leave you feeling uncomfortable. How have you learned to handle unwanted sleep disorder advice?

Staying Awake with 10 Ways How to Stay Awake
If you suffer from excessive sleepiness from a sleep disorder or from simply not sleeping enough, you may wonder how to stay awake. Staying awake may be accomplished by following these 10 simple recommendations on how to stay awake.

Sleep Over - How Do You Adapt When You Sleep Over with a Sleep Disorder
If you have been invited to spend the night at someone else's house, you may be self-conscious about it if you have a sleep disorder. Whether it is snoring, bedwetting, or sleepwalking, you may feel inclined to tell your host. How do you adapt when you sleep over with a sleep disorder?

Nap Places - What Is the Most Unusual Place You Have Taken a Nap
What is the most unusual place you have taken a nap? Share your experience and read about the naps taken by others.

Sleep Disorder Relationships - How Has a Sleep Disorder Affected Your...
If you or your partner have a sleep disorder, you may have found that it has a significant impact on your relationship and your ability to sleep together. Numerous sleep disorders can lead to someone being displaced to the couch, separate bedrooms, or even relationship discord. How has a sleep disorder affected your relationship? Share your...

What Is the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation?
For those with an interest in restless legs syndrome (RLS), the non-profit organization called the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation is a helpful resource. Learn how the RLS Foundation provides educational materials, support groups, and opportunities to advance research into the condition.

What Is the Narcolepsy Network?
What is the Narcolepsy Network? Learn about this non-profit organization and how it supports people with the sleep disorder called narcolepsy.

How to Cope with Parasomnias
Abnormal behaviors that characterize parasomnias may be dangerous to the person who experiences them or to bed partners. Learn about measures you can take to ensure safety as well as ways to cope with parasomnias.

Quotes About Sleep
Sleep is a frequent touchstone throughout the world's literature, inspiring writers, poets, playwrights, and authors. Take a moment to read and contemplate some quotes about sleep. Then you can even learn about the conditions that inspired the writers, including: insomnia, snoring, sleeptalking, dreams, and sleep paralysis.

Should You Tape Your Lips to Prevent Air Leaks with CPAP?
Should you tape your lips to prevent air leaking from your mouth when you use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)? Why might this be dangerous? Learn about alternatives that might prevent dry mouth in the morning.

What Is Climate Line Tubing?
If you use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bilevel, you may be interested in how to keep the pressurized air moist and warm. A heated humidifier may be aided by climate controlled CPAP tubing. What is climate line tubing? Is it a comfort feature available with your CPAP or bilevel machine?

What Is Aerophagia?
What is aerophagia? What are the symptoms of aerophagia? Learn about a condition that may result from various situations, including when your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is set too high.

Spending the First Night Using CPAP
What is it like to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat sleep apnea? How do you obtain the equipment you shall need? Learn how to set it up, and consider what initial hurdles you may encounter. Get started on the right path with CPAP before you even spend the first night using it.

Do You Have to Use Distilled Water in the CPAP Humidifier?
For those who use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat their sleep apnea, the question inevitably arises whether you are required to use distilled water in the humidifier. Why should you even use the humidifier? If you don't use distilled water, can you use tap water? What about boiling or filtering the water? What consequences...

What Are Skinit Decorations for CPAP?
If you use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat your sleep apnea, it may be desirable to decorate your CPAP machine. How can you make CPAP your own? What options are available to personalize and decorate the device? What are Skinit decorations for CPAP?

Options for a CPAP Battery
What are the CPAP battery options? Can you take your machine with you if you go camping or hunting away from a power source? Learn about your portable options if you decide to travel off the grid with your CPAP machine.

Should I Use CPAP with a Cold?
Is it recommended to take a break from using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) when you have a cold? Are there medications that might make it easier to use the therapy with nasal congestion? How should the CPAP be cleaned after a cold? Learn whether you should take a break from CPAP with the common cold.

What Safety Precautions Should Be Taken in Parasomnias?
Parasomnias include abnormal behaviors during sleep, such as sleepwalking, REM sleep behavior disorder, and night terrors. In the right scenario, these behaviors may result in significant harm, injury, or even death. What safety precautions should be taken to prevent these problems? Learn about who needs to protect themselves in sleep and what...

Does Insomnia Go Away?
Does insomnia go away? Consider whether difficulty falling or staying asleep can be cured by addressing the underlying cause. The prognosis may be surprisingly good, if you can identify and correct the potential triggers. Learn more.

Do Restless Legs Go Away
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) can frequently cause discomfort whey lying down at night that is relieved by movement, but does the condition ever go away? Learn about some of the potential causes of restless legs and which ones can be reversed or may respond to the use of medications like Requip or Mirapex. By understanding the trigger, the prognosis will become more clear.

Do Parasomnias Go Away?
Abnormal sleep behaviors are called parasomnias, and they occur frequently, but do they ever go away? Consider the long-term prognosis of some of the most common parasomnias, including: sleepwalking, sleep talking, sleep eating, sleep terrors, REM behavior disorder, and others. Discover how identifying the underlying cause may help to direct treatment and correction of these conditions.

What Is Dependence?
Sleeping pills are often prescribed for insomnia, but what is the risk of dependence? Learn about the difference between psychological and physical dependence and about which sleeping pills may carry a higher risk of dependence.

The Causes and Treatment of CPAP Gas
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea, but it may lead to a common side effect: gas. This may manifest with burping, farting, and a bloated stomach. What causes CPAP gas and how can it be avoided? Learn about the treatment options of CPAP gas, including sleep position and heartburn medication, that may provide you some relief.

How Does the Effectiveness of Sleeping Pills Change
How does the effectiveness of sleeping pills change? Learn about the concepts of tachyphylaxis and tolerance and how they may contribute to your sleeping pill to not working as well over time. Insomnia may come back when it occurs, requiring changes in the medication or the use of other treatments such as therapy.

How to Keep Your CPAP Mask on at Night
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the preferred treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but what if you can't keep it on once you fall asleep? Learn how to keep your CPAP mask on at night, including the importance of mask fit, pressure settings, and the use of sleeping pills.

Signs Your CPAP Is Not Working

How to Change Filters on CPAP Machines

How Often Should I Replace My CPAP Supplies?
How often should you replace your CPAP supplies? From the mask to the tubing to the humidifier, learn about the replacement schedule you should follow.

How Initial Use Determines Insurance Payment for CPAP

What Is My Goal AHI with CPAP Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

What Happens If I Don't Use CPAP One Night?
If you miss a night using CPAP, what are the consequences? Learn how you may still get a benefit initially and avoid long-term health consequences.

Can I Travel with CPAP?
Can you travel with CPAP? Learn the importance of traveling with it, including how to overcome airport security, a lack of power with a battery, and what water to use.

How Can I Talk with CPAP?
How can I talk with CPAP? If you use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bilevel to treat sleep apnea, you may wonder how you can talk with your mask on. Learn a few techniques.

Can You Wear Earplugs with CPAP?
Can you wear earplugs with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)? Learn whether it is safe for your hearing to do this.

How Using CPAP Helps Nasal Breathing
How might continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) help with breathing through the nose during the day? Learn about the roles of mucus and swelling.

Can CPAP Make Me Sick?
Can continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) make me sick? Learn the risks and 6 ways to avoid infections with CPAP use.

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