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FALL 2013

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H E A L T H Y L I V I N G When NOT sleeping becomes a nightmare By Kelly Burgess F eeling tired after a bad night's sleep may seem like an inevitable part of life, but sometimes it's a sign of a more serious problem that can have a big effect on your health if you ignore it. "Sleep disorder is a broad general term that covers a number of issues," says Dr. Hitendra K. Patel, medical director of the sleep program at WellStar Health System, Marietta, Ga. "Insomnia is one that can affect the quality of your life, but what is more concerning to the medical professional is sleep apnea, which is a serious health problem that needs to be addressed." SHUTTERSTOCK WHEN YOU CAN'T SLEEP Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, or waking up in the night and having trouble going back to sleep, and it's extremely common. "Virtually everyone has a periodic problem with insomnia," says Dr. James Pagel, medical director of the Sleep Center of Southern Colorado at Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo, Colo. "Almost 80 percent of people will have a week or two when they experience transient insomnia. When it persists for about three months, we start to call it chronic." There are many causes of disordered sleep, says Dr. Meredith Cousin, a neurologist at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. "Sleep onset issues are generally caused by poor sleep hygiene, which means doing things that sabotage your sleep," says Dr. Cousin. (continued on page 24) w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m FA L L 2 013 SPI RIT O F WOM EN 23

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