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Your Untreatable Insomnia May Be Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

insomniaThere’s nothing more frustrating than suffering through a seemingly untreatable health condition. Before you know it, you’ll have seen numerous doctors, tried multiple different treatments and spent way too much of your valuable time and money only to find that nothing is working.

Unfortunately, this is the case for many people who suffer from insomnia, but a new study from the Mayo Clinic suggests that a large percentage of these individuals may have an undiagnosed sleep disorder that’s causing them to have a difficult time falling and/or staying asleep.

According to an Everyday Health article written by sleep expert Dr. Robert Rosenberg, the “revolutionary” study revealed that 91% of patients who had been taking over-the-counter medications for severe insomnia actually suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea.

Dr. Rosenberg goes on to explain how sleep apnea causes insomnia:

“The repetitive drops in oxygen and the stress of attempting to breathe against a closed upper airway are more than sufficient to awaken you from sleep. The problem is that in most cases, the person and their bed partner are unaware of what brought them to this state. So if you suffer from chronic insomnia that has defied therapy, be open to the very real possibility that sleep apnea may be the cause.”

Fortunately, sleep apnea and the symptoms associated with it are easy to treat with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy and other effective methods of treatment. Just think of all that money you could save on useless sleeping pills – and, more importantly, the peace of mind you’ll gain from finally being able to get a good night’s sleep.

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