Sleep Apnea is not just Snoring, or feeling fatigued. It is a serious medical condition that can have a huge impact on your lifestyle and health. Not all people who Snore have Sleep Apnea, but most people who have Sleep Apnea Snore.
Sleep Apnea is very different to regular snoring, and can often be misdiagnosed.
– Waking up tired
– Falling asleep during the day
– Morning Headaches
Mild Snoring partially blocks the airway, but does not create any breathing problems. Sleep Apnea on the other hand, partially if not totally blocks the airway, starving the body of oxygen. The build up of carbon dioxide registers to the brain and signals the body to breathe. This can happen on a regular basis during the night, some sufferers can stop breathing 100 – 500 times in one night. Not all sufferers remember these Apnea episodes and just wake up extremely tired.
The difference in sounds between Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Snoring do differ. Snoring tends to be repetitive, whilst Sleep Apnea Snoring is broken by a lengthly silence and then a gasping sound as the body is forced to breathe.
Both snoring and sleep apnea can leave you tired, but Sleep Apnea disturbs more than your sleep. Untreated Sleep Apnea can be associated with:
– Extreme Fatigue
– Increased heart rate
– High Blood pressure (heart attacks and stroke risks)
– Change in Metabolism (diabetes and weight gain)
– Impaired Liver function
– Nerve Dysfunction
According to Health Sleep Solutions:
– Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs approximately in 10% of women and 25% in males
– 86% of all Obese patients tested positive against 60% patients who were of an average weight.
– 92% of Obese Males over the age of 45 tested positive for Sleep Apnea
– Over 75% of snoring suffers go undiagnosed as having Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea can be controlled within days and the benefits of treatment vastly improve the quality of life.
– There are proven statistics that Apnea patients live longer with treatment
– Adequate sleep vastly improves, functionality and motivation.
– Less likely to suffer from Heart attacks and Strokes
– Helps to loose weight and control diabetes.
The most common method for severe cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the CPAP. (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and remains to be the golden standard. It works by blowing a gentle stream of air towards the back of the throat to keep the airway open.
Quit smoking and drinking alcohol before bedtime can help limit the severity of the apnea episodes. Permanent Life style changes would include, exercise, new eating habits to reduce the excess weight and no sedatives before bed.
I dental appliance that holds your lower jaw forward and opens the airway. These would be available for those suffering from light obstructive sleep apnea.
This article is sponsored by SnoreMeds Snoring Solutions and the team who cares about your quality sleep.