Understanding Sleep Apnea

Monday 23rd May 2016

Snoring is a real pain! Not only does it disturb the people around you, but it can end up waking you in the middle of the night. If you have been nudged awake by your partner more times than you care to remember because of your snoring, you might be exposing yourself to serious health risks without even realizing it.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Anyone suffering from sleep apnea is not alone. If you are overweight or over 40 there is a good chance your breathing cycle will act up while sleeping, particularly if you are male. Severe cases can also cause your snoring to stop suddenly which can also prevent you from breathing for ten to twenty seconds or in some cases even a few minutes. Your breathing will usually resume following a loud choking or snorting sound, which can give both you, and the people close to you, quite a scare in the middle of the night.

Types of Sleep Apnea

If you are a snorer, the odds are it is obstructive sleep apnea. This is when your throat muscles end up enjoying your sleep just a bit too much, relaxing in a way that starts blocking your airway. Another less common cause is central sleep apnea, where your brain gets distracted and forgets to effectively control your breathing. The rarest cause is when your brain and throat muscles decide to join forces to interrupt your sleep causing complex sleep apnea.

Complications and Dangers

Having your sleep disturbed every night can make you chronically sleepy.  This is a serious condition that can cause slow reflexes and low levels of concentration creating a higher chance of a car accident, making mistakes at work or other mishaps. It can also create serious health risks such as high blood pressure, heart problems, weight gain and diabetes.

Considering the numerous options for treatment, there is no reason to let this disorder rule your life. Who knows, tackling your sleep apnea, you may end up getting rid of your snoring entirely, a bonus both you and your partner will be very grateful for!