The Waking Truth About Sleep Apnea
The word apnea is Greek and means "with no breath”. Sleep Apnea is a common sleeping disorder in which one or more pauses in breathing happens. Breathing pauses last for seconds and sometimes minutes and occurs about 10 to 30 times in an hour. This is an ongoing condition that sometimes happens about 3 to 4 times in a week that affects the person to have a deep good sleep and results to poor sleep quality that sometimes causes over sleepiness during the daytime.
How will you know if you have this disorder?
You will not know you have this disorder because it occurs during sleep. Usually a family member or a partner who sleeps with you notices this first. There are also no blood tests to diagnose this. The common symptoms are:
1. Snoring. The person with this disorder usually snores loudly and pause every now and then that sometimes followed by choking. But not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
2. Choking during sleep.
3. Excessive sleepiness during daytime.
4. Morning Headaches. This is commonly because of poor sleep quality.
5. Memory or Learning problems. Because the person with this disorder doesn’t have a good quality sleep, it affects the person’s memory and concentration of the person.
How serious can this be?
Sleep apnea can be really serious disorder and sometimes life threatening. If untreated, this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, obesity, and diabetes. It can also worsen the heart disorder condition.
How can sleep apnea be cured?
There are ways on how can this be cured depending on how serious is the case. But usually, the main goals of treatment are to relieve loud snoring and the restore regular breathings during sleep. Other treatment for this is a change in lifestyle.
1. Avoid alcohol and medicines that make you sleepy. These will make it harder for your throat to stay open while in sleep.
2. Lose weight if overweight.
3. Sleep on your side instead of sleeping on your back. In this position the throat is more open for easy passage of air.
4. For those who have colds or sinusitis, keep nasal passages open with inhalers and other medicines if necessary.
For others who have a serious sleep apnea conditions, doctors advise them to use special breathing devices, mouthpiece or undergo surgeries.
Here are the ways on how you can avoid sleep apnea.
1. Exercise. It helps for the good circulation of your system.
2. Lose weight. As much as possible, do not eat too much at night.
3. Avoid sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side will make your throat more open for breathing.
4. Avoid vices like smoking and drinking. These contribute greatly to sleep apnea.
5. Have enough sleep.
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