Discovering, understanding the truth and the effects of Sleep Apnea

October 16 05:20 2018

Sleep apnea is a common nighttime respiratory disorder that affects more than 15 million Americans.

Sleep apnea affects men and women of all ages; Even children can suffer from sleep apnea.

Without treatment, living with the disorder can lead to significant complications, such as drowsiness during the day, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, mood disorders and poor functioning during the day.

Most people who have sleep apnea do not realize they have the condition.

The cause of obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the passage of air in the back of the throat is blocked.

When the muscles relax in the throat, it causes a relaxation of the soft palate, which then narrows the airway.

The same series of events also cause snoring, although not all people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea.

When inhaling through the mouth or nose, the airway narrows or closes completely, cutting off breathing.

Restriction of airflow causes wheezing, resulting in a period of shallow waking state. While partially conscious, regular breathing is restored.

This persistent blockage of the airways can occur several times per hour and repeat the course of events during the night, resulting in a fragmented night’s sleep.

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain does not send impulses to breathe.

The primary sleep apnea takes its name from the central nervous system, which regulates the necessary functions of the body. This instability in the respiratory control center of the brain can have several causes, the most common are dysfunctions of the central nervous system or people who have had a stroke.

People who suffer from heart failure or other heart and lung diseases can also develop central sleep apnea.

Who influences the apnea…

Obstructive sleep apnea can affect men and women at any age, and even children can develop sleep apnea.

Men are at higher risk. The risk increases if you are overweight and over forty years old.

Other risk factors include a large neck size; 17 inches or more for men or 16 inches or more for women.

Large tonsils or a large amount of tissue in the back of the throat can cause increased blockage and risk.

Obstructive sleep apnea can occur in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component.

How apnea affects your body and your mind 

Many different effects sleep apnea can have on you, both physically and mentally, from mildly irritating to life-threatening. One effect is excessive daytime sleepiness.

Most people do not realize when they get away for a moment or two, but the results can be devastating.

Those affected may notice that they have trouble concentrating and that forgetfulness is increasing or that they are having difficulty learning new things.

Some of these symptoms of sleep apnea can be confused with the symptoms of depression because they are very similar; Personality changes, irritability, mood swings, memory problems, the feeling of lethargy and maybe even depression are just some of the similarities.

Signs and symptoms…

A common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is a sore or dry throat in the morning after waking up.

Often, people with apnea wake up several times at night, sometimes with their snoring or with a feeling of suffocation or wheezing caused by the blockage.

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