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More Frequently Asked Sleep Questions

October 11, 2013

[Part 2 of a 2 Part Series]

You can read Part 1 HERE

This is our second article in which we try to answer some of the most frequently asked sleep questions that South African’s ask us. 

FAQ 1: Do older adults need as much sleep as younger people?

Answer: Peoples sleep needs do change throughout one's lifetime, with children and adolescents needing more sleep than adults. Interestingly however, older adults need almost the same amount of sleep that younger adults do, which is about seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

FAQ 2: How can I reduce my risk for sleep apnea?

Answer: With obesity being the number one cause of sleep apnea, it is important to lose weight and maintain an appropriate weight level throughout ones life. However, there are other reasons that contribute towards it, so limit alcohol intake and avoid taking sedative medications as these can make sleep apnea worse.

Please Note! Heavy smokers are more likely to develop sleep apnea than nonsmokers. If you smoke you will need to quit as soon as possible.

FAQ 3: What is restless legs syndrome?

Answer: Restless legs syndrome, which is also known as RLS and Willis-Ekbom Disease, is a neurological disorder characterised by the uncontrollable urge to move one's legs to stop an uncomfortable sensation that occurs in the legs when at rest. Moving the affected body part soothes the sensations and provides temporary relief.

Please Note! Although it is called restless leg syndrome, it can also affect the arms, torso, head, and even phantom limbs.

FAQ 4: What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?

Answer: People with restless leg syndrome experience uncomfortable feelings in their legs such as tingling, crawling, or pins and needles. Because of this it is often difficult for RLS sufferers to fall and stay asleep.

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