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Do you know anyone struggling with sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, sleep interruption to pee, snoring, or somnipathy (sleep disorders)? If you or someone you know suffers from these, this blog is for you. Quality sleep is one of the essential habits for a happy and healthy lifestyle. Many areas of your happiness, health, and longevity are jeopardized without adequate sleep. Somnipathy is considered a medical disorder affecting an individual’s regular cycles and patterns of sleep. Some sleep disorders can be severe enough to interfere with a person’s normal emotional, mental, physical, and social functioning. Both adults and children are struggling with sleep deprivation and sleep disorders.

I struggled for many decades with several health and sinus problems that morphed into significant sleep issues. After I fixed the sinus problems by eliminating dairy from my diet, my sinus and sleep issues significantly improved. Unfortunately, the dairy and sinus issues caused me to become a mouth breather, which caused other sleep issues and snoring. My holistic dentist helped me identify mouth breathing and sleep apnea as my problem by doing a sleep study. My snoring and sleep apnea have put me on a life-saving path to discovering how to fix them. It is much easier to prevent or correct this problem when children are young. Parents and grandparents must research this topic now to help prevent children from developing sleep issues. The palette, sinus, and teeth formation are all involved in breathing and will affect kids for the rest of their life.

The passion and purpose of Morningstar NEWS are to help people be happy, healthy, and in harmony by sharing education, information, inspiration, and motivation. In addition, this blog may help you better understand the importance of the quality and quantity of sleep you experience to stay happy and healthy.

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Sleep Cycles

The body goes through several 90 min cycles each night. Our body’s circadian rhythm also plays a vital role in our quality and quantity of sleep. Sleep may also be affected by environmental factors like air pollution, lifestyle habits, noise, sleep-wake cycles, temperature, and time savings changes. Every time we go through time savings changes, it takes me weeks to adjust. The body recovers best as you sleep, directing most of its attention to brain regulation, cleansing and detoxing, hormone production, and tissue repair, among other critical biological functions. Things that disrupt your sleep cycles create sleep stress that has consequences.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a medical condition because the consequences are a medical concern and may require treatment. During sleep apnea, a person intermittently stops breathing while they are asleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which often sounds like snoring. It is estimated that 50% of the population snores to some degree while sleeping. However, sleep apnea is more concerning than snoring because the throat muscles may temporarily relax during sleep and obstruct the airway, lowering the oxygen level in the blood. Sleep apnea is considered a severe sleep disorder because the person’s breathing repeatedly stops and restarts in a disruptive and irregular manner. Signs of sleep apnea include excess snoring gasping for a breath, and feeling tired after a whole night’s sleep.

Sleep Deprivation

Several factors can cause sleep deprivation. For example, going to sleep too late or waking too early often leads to sleep deprivation. Late-night shift studies or work can also lead to sleep deprivation. In addition, excessive blue lights from electronic devices, diabetes/blood sugar issues, electromagnetic radiation (EMR), jet lag, lifestyle, medications, nightmares, noise, obesity, snoring, stress, and violent shows are known to contribute to sleep deprivation.

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Sleep Interruption to Pee

Several factors can cause sleep interruption to urinate. Some people have bladder or prostate issues. Other people consume alcohol and liquids too late in the evening, and their bladder needs to be relieved. Some beverages are diuretics and cause the body to release more fluids. What you eat and when you eat your last meal significantly impact whether you will wake up to urinate during the night when you should be sleeping. Medications are also known to influence the urge to pee during the night. No matter what reason causes you to wake up and urinate, this action interrupts your sleep cycle and the quality and quantity of sleep.


Snoring has become relatively common for many children, men, and women. Snoring is usually associated with breathing through the mouth instead of the nose. Mouth breathing is considered abnormal because we are designed to breathe primarily through our noses. Mouth breathing is more harmful and unnatural, whereas nasal breathing is more healthful and natural. Mouth breathing versus nasal breathing is a top biohacking topic in fitness, health, and longevity. Mouth breathing causes bad breath, cavities, jaw, mouth, and palette development problems, snoring, and significant sleep quality issues. Many people are discovering the benefits of mouth-taping and nasal breathing training.


Somnipathy is a sleep disorder considered a medical disorder affecting an individual’s regular cycles and patterns of sleep. Some sleep disorders can be severe enough to interfere with a person’s normal emotional, mental, physical, and social functioning. Therefore, sleep disorders are essential areas to address and resolve if being happy, healthy, and in harmony is critical to you.

Sleep Stress

Sleep is intended to be re-energizing, refreshing, reinvigorating, and rejuvenating. When you are under too much stress and your sleep is disrupted, it is clear your level of sleep stress needs attention.

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Call to Action

Sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, sleep interruption to pee, snoring, or somnipathy (sleep disorders) are severe concerns and deserve attention and investigation. It is essential to seek medical care and do your research. These are serious health hazards, and finding help and treating these conditions is necessary. One easy first step may be to use an Apple Watch, Fitbit, Oura ring, or a similar monitoring device to record your data and sleep statistics for several nights. Depending on the results and your sleep quality, the next step may be to consult a functional medicine practitioner, holistic doctor, or sleep specialist. Finally, it may be prudent to undergo a sleep study at home or in a sleep study clinic. Once this has been done, you may have the necessary information to determine a course of action to help resolve your sleep issues.

Passion for People & Planet

The passion and purpose of Morningstar NEWS are to condense hundreds of hours of reading and research down to two minutes of education, information, and inspiration. This blog covers many factors and issues about sleep disorders. Next week we will discuss sleep solutions, strategies, and suggestions.

“Enjoying the optimal quality and quantity of sleep is a non-negotiable part of happiness and health that we must make a priority.” —Michael Morningstar

Next Morningstar NEWS blog

Sleep Apnea, Snoring, and Somnipathy Signal Sleep Stress – Part 2 Sleep Suggestions

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