Sleep Apnea Is No Laughing Matter

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Sleep Apnea is a medical disorder that affects the sufferer's breathing while they are asleep. It is a common problem amongst adults and younger people can also suffer from it, but such cases are relatively rare.

The word ‘apnea’ describes a period of time when the breathing stops, or is noticeably reduced (taking less than 25% of what would be their normal breath, for a period of 10 seconds or more).
One of the main symptoms of Sleep Apnea is very often the most noisy one – snoring. Nobody wants to be labeled as a snorer and snoring is often a thing that is joked about, but some of the other problems associated with Sleep Apnea are no laughing matter.

Sufferers of Sleep Apnea have an increased likelihood of:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Asthma (may get worse)
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver damage
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Headaches
  • Epilepsy
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Eye problems
  • Depression

But what causes Sleep Apnea?

Unfortunately the causes are as many and varied as the problems associated with it and it could even be caused by something as simple as the sufferer catching a cold of flu.

Other possible causes include:

  • Sinusitis
  • Obesity
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • An abnormality in the airways, nose or throat
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

Due to the nature of the more worrying problems that can be associated with Sleep Apnea it is generally recommended that anybody who believes that they may be suffering from it should seek the opinion of a doctor. If, after examination, the doctor diagnoses Sleep Apnea, the problem may be cured by something as simple as going on a diet or cutting back on alcohol. Giving up smoking may also prove beneficial.

 The cure may not be so simple for every sufferer, but a visit to a health care professional is a step in the right direction and their advice could soon set you on the road to recovery and ensure that you won't have to loose anymore sleep worrying about the dangers of some of the other problems associated with Sleep Apnea.

If you feel you're suffering from sleep apnea, contact your HealthwoRx™ physician for an appointment.