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Why am I always yawning?

Frequent yawning could be a sign of a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders are conditions that disrupt normal sleep patterns. A sleep disorder can cause difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or achieving deep, restorative sleep. The most common sleep disorders are insomnia and sleep apnea.

When a person does not receive adequate sleep, he or she will experience excessive daytime sleepiness. Daytime fatigue may manifest itself as yawning, decreased productivity at work, irritability, depression, or falling asleep frequently throughout the day. It is important to determine whether yawning or daytime sleepiness is due to a sleep disorder. There are many treatment options available for insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring in the Chicago area.
Insomnia is a disorder that makes it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. Insomnia may be caused by anxiety, depression, restless legs syndrome, and medical conditions that make lying down uncomfortably such as heart failure, obstructive lung diseases, gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn). Sharing the bed with a person who has a sleep disorder such as snoring, sleep apnea, or insomnia may also inhibit a person from sleeping well and cause increased daytime sleepiness.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can have long term health consequences when not treated. Apnea is a pause in breathing for approximately 10-30 seconds, they may occur hundereds of times each night in sleep apnea. They are caused by obstruction of the airway often caused by structural airway abnormalities or excessive soft tissues in the nose, back of the mouth, tongue, or throat.

A physician at the Advanced Center for Specialty Care, a sleep disorders center in Chicago, can review your symptoms, medical history and physical exam findings to determine your risk of a sleep disorder. Part of the diagnostic workup usually includes an overnight sleep study, or polysomnogram, performed at Sleep Diagnostics Center, a sleep disorders and obstructive sleep apnea lab.

   A polysomnogram or sleep study uses a computerized recording of your brain and cardiovascuaascular activity to asses your sleep patterns. Traditionally, sleep studies were performed in hospital or storefront sleep “labs.” It is often very difficult to sleep comfortably in these situations. In order to create an environment to allow for comfortable, natural sleep, Sleep Diagnostics has based their testing sites in luxurious hotel suites. Checking into a comfortable hotel creates a secure, relaxed atmosphere essential for a good nights sleep. As part of the study, you are entitled to enjoy the hotel facilities. The rooms are designed so that data collection goes through a computer port directly to the technician’s suite. Crown Plazas in Chicago and throughout the suburbs make the testing easy to arrange and convenient.

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