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Sleep scientists and physicians are starting to be more aware of the need for a good night's sleep as poorly rested individuals face health risks such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and exacerbation of obstructive sleep apnea. Pediatricians have recently made the link between disturbed sleep and symptoms that are associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Obstructed sleep apnea causes awakenings during the night due to obstruction of the airway, which rouses the sufferer from deep sleep. It is more common in obese people, and those with enlarged adenoids and tonsils, and makes the person feel tired and lethargic, and unrefreshed in the morning with daytime somnolence. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include headaches, snoring, frequent moving in bed, sweating and bed wetting.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Record Journal
About: Sleeping problems pose high risk for adverse health effects
Date: 8 December 2005
Source: Record Journal
Author: Jeffery Kurz
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