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Study Focuses on Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Melatonin

How does sleep apnea affect melatonin?

Obstructive sleep apnea blocks the patient from getting to the fourth stage of sleep, which is the point in which melatonin is produced. So a patient with untreated obstructive sleep apnea would always have a low level of melatonin produced in their brain.

Treating obstructive sleep apnea is not really complicated. A lot of research has been put into its treatment, even before it gets adverse.

For children, preventing the obstructive sleep apnea disease is by noticing and correcting the following in their routine activities: snorting, snoring, breathing, and even grinding teeth. It is no news that children snore and this is due to reasons like a respiratory infection, allergies, or a stuffy nose. This should be observed carefully, and should be corrected as soon as possible if the child does it consistently.

Research has been carried out to correct this disease and today, people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea can now be assessed by ultrasound images of the tongue that are captured when the patient performs simple breathing exercises to treat the disease, which is a major improvement from other diagnostic options. Knowing this link, if treatment for sleep apnea is promptly given, patients may recover from the lack of melatonin in their body. But, for this to happen, you must consider all of the symptoms and talk to a sleep medicine specialist immediately.