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What is There to Know About Sleep Apnea

What is There to Know About Sleep Apnea

What is There to Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea usually refers to pauses occurred while sleeping because the airway is obstructed during sleep, which can cause a variety of problems, such as diabetes, gout and heart disease

It is not an uncommon issue, actually an estimated 30 million adult Americans suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea which can cause high blood pressure, cardiac disease and even diabetes, being also one of the most prevalent health risk. Furthermore, people affected by sleep apnea are up to 4 times more prone to be involved in car accidents than people who do not suffer from it.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that sleep apnea is a “hidden” health crisis that is costing America billions of dollars per year. A problem that is more common in overweight middle-age men, which is a worrying fact since more than 35% of the country is considered obese.

This is now considered a common issue that affects more than a half of adult male population and one of every four for women. Sadly, most of the time it goes unnoticed by people who suffer from it. 

Sleep apnea is mostly referring to the pauses that occur while an individual is sleeping due to the airway being obstructed. This can in turn lead to other issues such as gout, heart disorder or diabetes. This is a common issue seen in individuals and is known to affect more than half of the adult male population. But the sad part is that most of the times this condition goes unnoticed by individual. Sleep apnea is becoming a common occurrence in children as well and this is due to lack of breastfeeding and going in for processed food items.

But the good part is that there are ways for treating all breathing issues which not necessarily involve the use of CPAP. Two of the treatments which are known to offer good hope are oral myofascial therapy and second is to learn on how to breath properly while one is awake. During childhood itself it is important to treat any kind of breathing issues since it can lead to serious health issues in future. During the early years it is important to pay attention to what they eat and also to ensure that infants are breastfed so as to avoid these issues in the first place itself.

It has been said that the risk of sleep apnea increases in women than in men. The obstructive sleep apnea was said to be associated with increase in troponin T, cardiac issues or heart failure and death in women. Not many realize that the shape of the mouth plays an important role. The shape of the mouth is getting smaller due to which it is turning out to be inadequate for some individual’s tongue to be placed in the right position. This becomes true for those who were raised with formula milk and processed food items. Breastfeeding is known to be important since it helps in expanding the size of the baby’s palate and also helps to move the jaw forward. These are the two important factors that can prevent the onset of sleep apnea by giving more space for breathing.

Having an abnormally short lingual frenulum is said to lead into less orofacial growth during the early childhood years which reduces the width of the larynx upper respiratory tract. It was found out that in those children whom the short frenulum was not treated had developed an abnormal functioning of the tongue and also caused an impact on the growth of the tongue. One of the biggest factors why sleep apnea goes unnoticed is because doctors do not screen the sleep apnea in their regular visits.

Once the corrective diagnosis is carried out and sleep apnea is detected then the next step involved visiting the lab or getting a home sleep test. Treatment is basically on how severe is the condition. Oral devices can be provided so as to prevent the obstruction of the airway. In case of severe cases the doctor can opt for CPAP machines. It is also important to raise awareness and encourage people to get tested for sleep apnea.