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Sleep Is your shut-eye serving you well? When it comes to getting a good night’s rest, not all sleep is created equal. Various elements factor into what constitutes restful sleep, and different people have different needs. So how do you know whether you’re really getting the rest you need? And what can you do to improve your sleep habits? Read on. By ellen olSon Top Sleep DiSorDerS 1 2 3 4 Insomnia T  rouble falling or staying asleep Sleep apnea B  reathing interruptions during sleep Restless legs syndrome A tingling sensation in the legs the StageS of Sleep To understand sleep problems, it helps to first understand the sleep cycle. Stage 1 is light sleep, when muscles begin to relax. In this stage, you can be awakened easily and muscles twitch occasionally. Narcolepsy Daytime “sleep attacks” 40 million 26 Fa l l 2 013 Stage 2 is the official onset of sleep when you become disengaged from your surroundings and your heart rate and breathing are regular. Number of Americans who suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders. Stages 3 + 4 are the deepest and most restorative stages of sleep—necessary for feeling well-rested and energetic the next day. If you’re sleeping through the night but still not waking up refreshed, you may not be getting adequate deep sleep. Talk to your doctor about whether a sleep study is necessary.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center
Phil’s Feature
Kind and Generous
How Can We Help?
Step It Up
Your Mightiest Muscle
Well, Well, Well
Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?
Is Your Shut-Eye Serving You Well?
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge
Anatomy of an ER Visit
Next-Gen Surgery
Attack from Within
Virtual Health
PrimeTime Health
Clear Passage
New Life with New Knees
Out of the White Coat
Transforming Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center