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The Today Show: How Sleep Apnea Affects a Good Night’s Rest

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Synpopsis
Twenty-two percent of couples report that their spouse or partner's snoring disturbs their sleep. And, according to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects well over 18 million Americans. People who work overnight or in shift jobs (e.g. firefighters) are more likely to have a sleep disorder. Firefighters are a good example because sleep is often interrupted or at least not deep enough or lacking in quality. In fact, a study performed by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that firefighters who screened positive for a sleep disorder were involved in twice as many vehicle accidents.

Firefighters are at a 150% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and are 200% more likely to experience depression, diabetes, and anxiety. As a result, there is an effort to increase the screening of firefighters for sleep disorders.

The health issues assocated with sleep apnea are:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Mood and memory problems

Steps that firefighters have taken to improve their sleep are:

  • CPAPs
  • Diet monitoring
  • Exercise