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Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in TellMeWhy |

What Is Sleep Apnea?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

What Is Sleep Apnea? It’s actually quite common for people to feel tired in the morning after sleeping all night as they’re not getting quality sleep. Even if they get enough sleep, there might be other factors affecting the quality of their sleep.

For example, some people have a medical condition called sleep apnea that affects the way they breathe. People with sleep apnea often experience frequent sleep interruptions that can leave them feeling exhausted when they wake up in the morning.

Environmental factors can also affect your sleep quality. If it’s too bright or too warm in your bedroom, you may toss and turn, trying to get comfortable. Likewise, drinking caffeine or eating too much late at night can make falling or staying asleep difficult.

Another important factor in poor sleep quality may surprise — and disappoint — some people. A pet sleeping besides them, while they may be snuggly and comforting, pets in bed tend to move around and make noises that can disturb sleep patterns multiple times throughout the night.

Exercise can also play a role. While exercise will generally help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, it’s important to best to exercise early in the day. Exercising too late in the evening can actually supercharge your body to the point that it’s difficult to fall asleep.

If your sleep problems aren’t physical, then they could be mental. Experts have found that stress, anxiety, depression, and boredom can all lead to poor-quality sleep and low energy levels. Identifying such problems can help you to work toward solving them, which will eventually help you sleep better.

Content for this question contributed by Dawn Nokoneczny, resident of Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA