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Sleep Apnea - autonomic arousal and feelings of panic a...

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Sleep Apnea - reflexive gasping for air which awakens person and disrupts sleep. During different stages of sleep, the Apneac's muscles become so limp that the air passages essentially close. This has serious ramifications as it make it difficult for the sleeper to get enough oxygen. a) although the Apneac may be unaware of it, they may have hundreds of awakenings a night b) blood oxygen level can go as low as 30% (I can't express to you just how dangerous this is. Just take my word for it, 30% oxygenation is very dangerous) c) muscles become completely limp (has been linked to SIDS - sudden infant death syndrome) 4) Night Terrors - abrupt awakenings from NREM sleep accompanied by intense
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Unformatted text preview: autonomic arousal and feelings of panic. a) usually occurs during SWS b) this is most common in children ages 3-8, although it sometimes occurs in adults c) typically during a night terror, the child will sit upright, scream a lot (one father told me that it sounds like the child is being murdered), but then just stops and goes back to sleep. d) Usually the child has no recollection of the event e) not indicative of emotional disorders 5) Somnambulism (sleep walking) a) despite what your mother may have told you, a sleep walker is Not acting out a dream b) typically, sleep walking occurs during SWS c) etiology is unknown - may be affected by stress d) often accident prone...
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