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Sleep Awareness Month

Daylight Savings Time has come and gone, and so has an hour of sleep. It might not take very long to adjust to losing an hour of sleep, but some people lose hours every night. March is Sleep Awareness Month, and the Tufts Office of Public Health & Professional Degree Programs is reminding the Tufts community that sleep is in integral part of maintaining health. While there are many different sleep disorders, one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Breathing pauses, or “apneas”, last for at least ten seconds when muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open. These pauses can cause night after night of fragmented, interrupted sleep. What causes OSA? There are several … Read entire article »

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