Do you snore? Do you wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep? You may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Good sleep is critical to your health. To make each day a safe, productive one, take steps to make sure you regularly get a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep consists of 4 to 5 sleep cycles. Each cycle includes periods of deep sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, when we dream. As the night goes on, the portion of that cycle that is in REM sleep increases. It turns out that this pattern of cycling and progression is critical for getting quality restorative sleep. If your sleep is interrupted even briefly, it can disrupt this critical cycle. Throughout the night, your heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure rise and fall, a process that may be important for cardiovascular health. Hormones released during sleep help repair cells and control the body’s use of energy. These hormone changes can affect your body weight. Although personal needs vary, on average, adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
Sleep Apnea affects people everywhere. Ideally everyone would be tested and treated, but the SleepSafe Drivers Program is driver focused because of the direct impact of drowsy driving on highway safety. We understand – you’re busy and worried that testing/diagnosis will disrupt your work schedule – but we specialize in how to make this easy for you, the driver. Let’s get started.