Restless Nights: Understanding Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Psychology - 288 pages
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People with severe sleep apnea may struggle for breath all through the night, not breathing for as long as ninety seconds at a time during their sleep. This syndrome, which affects at least four percent of men and two percent of women, can cause daytime fatigue, traffic and work accidents, deteriorating cognitive abilities, and cardiovascular problems. Yet until now there has been no accessible discussion of the history, physiology, and risk factors of sleep apnea. In this book Peretz Lavie, an expert in sleep research, tells the complete story of sleep apnea for the first time.
The book provides:

• an explanation of the symptoms of sleep apnea, including the most important one, snoring;

• an up-to-date description of the risk factors;

• a clear explanation why sleep apnea causes cardiovascular problems;

• a discussion of children’s breathing disorders in sleep;

• advice on how to get a consultation and diagnosis;

• evaluations of the treatments currently available;

• practical recommendations on how to live with the syndrome;

• interviews with the key figures in sleep apnea research;

• and more.

 

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Lavie, a biological psychologist, a founder of Boston's Sleep Health Centers, and author of the very engaging The Enchanted World of Sleep, turns his attention here to sleep apnea, a prevalent and ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Breath of Life
1
2 Respiratory Control
13
3 The First Pickwickian
21
4 Rediscovery of the Pickwickian Patient
37
5 Western Innovations
53
6 The Dog Dropped Off and the Experiment Woke Up
64
7 From an Exotic Syndrome to a Public Health Issue
79
8 Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
90
12 Children and Sleep Apnea
151
13 Sleep Apnea the Heart and the Blood Vessels
166
14 From Baroreceptors to Free Radicals
179
15 Death at an Early Age and the Paradox of Old Age
188
16 Treatments for Sleep Apnea Syndrome
195
17 Sleeping Under PressureThe Big Promise
212
18 A Whole New Understanding
227
References
241

9 The Syndromes Symptoms
115
10 The Price of Awakenings
126
11 At the Temple of Morpheus
135

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About the author (2008)

Lavie is dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa

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