Living Without Sleep

Students in college often look back in despair on all the naps they took for granted in preschool.

College students are all too familiar with long nights and the rare instance of a good night’s sleep. Many may find they are getting less and less sleep, typically due to an overload of activities.

For a college student that has sleep apnea, getting enough sleep becomes increasingly difficult.

Sleep apnea is defined as a “potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.” People with sleep apnea will stop breathing periodically throughout the night and sometimes aren’t even aware that it’s happening.

Dr. Jeff Van Valer, who is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine with the American Health Network, said people can go extended periods of time without breathing while they are asleep.

“I’ve seen someone stop breathing for 90 seconds during a study,” Van Valer said.

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