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Sleep apnea can steal a good night's rest and can be life threatening. This condition affects up to 18 million Americans according to the American Association for Respiratory Care. It is a potentially serious condition that often goes undiagnosed. People who have this condition stop breathing for short periods of time repeatedly while they are asleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and result in poor sleep quality that causes you to feel exhausted the next day. Heavy snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea.

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Do you constantly feel tired? Do you seem easily irritated? Are you finding it hard to remember or concentrate on certain things?

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May is Better Sleep Month. Did you know that while we sleep, our bodies are at rest, but our brains remain active? According to the National Sleep Foundation, our bodies "recharge" while we sleep by repairing muscles, consolidating memories, and releasing hormones that control growth and appetite. When we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed and alert for our daily activities. However, if our sleep is cut short, we wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in scholarly and social activities. Several health problems can also result from sleep deprivation.

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According to the American Cancer Society, about 143,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2013. Of those, about 51,000 will die from the disease. The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about one in 20, but this varies depending upon individual risk factors.

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.

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