World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day: Sleep apnea and anxiety drugs do not mix

Benzodiazepines are psychotropic medications typically prescribed to help people manage their anxiety. These drugs calm the body and the mind. When used in the short term, they can be extremely helpful and effective. It’s when they’re taken continuously over long periods of time that they become problematic for users. A similar problem exists for a related classification of medications known as Z class drugs.

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Sleep health terminology: the difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation

Whatever the cause of your daytime fatigue and nighttime sleep problems, it’s important to take action to correct them. Insomnia and sleep deprivation aren’t problems to ignore. They don’t typically go away on their own and, in fact, will worsen over time, leading to chronic illness, higher risks for accidents and mistakes, mental health problems, and much more.

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Happy Fourth of July from the American Sleep Apnea Association

Let’s face it, not getting adequate sleep makes it impossible to be our best. We suffer medical problems, mental and emotional health challenges, and even shortchange ourselves income, relationships, and opportunities when we allow sleep deprivation to run our lives. Let’s be the best Americans ever and get our zZz!

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