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Signs of Sleep Apnea and the Need to Address It

Signs of Sleep Apnea and the Need to Address It

Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects as many as twenty-two million in the United States alone. These cases range from the mild to severely obstructed with about eighty percent falling well into the moderate to severe category. It’s a disorder characterized by sleep interruptions that can be anywhere from five to fifty a night. They mostly include a blockage of the airways that can happen when the muscles of the throat and the tongue relax when one sleeps at night. Overly large tonsils that press down on the airway and narrow it when one lays down at night also causes sleep apnea. It’s most commonly caused by sleeping on the back, having alcohol or certain medicines before bed, and most commonly if someone is overweight.

Determining if Sleep Apnea is the Problem

Having sleep apnea can lead to other health issue such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, irregular or abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure in the lungs or stroke. Sleep apnea can be a potentially fatal disorder and if people suspect that they may be afflicted, they should consult their physician as soon as they can and try to get into a sleep study to gauge how often they stop breathing and how little air their lungs receive during the course of the night. If they experience any of these symptoms, they may be living, or sleeping as the case may be, with obstructive sleep apnea.