The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a condition that affects your breathing when you are asleep. Your breathing may become shallow, or it may stop altogether for a split second. These episodes may occur hundreds of times per night, and this prevents you from entering into a deep and restful sleep. The most common type of this disease is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and several risk factors increase your chances of developing this condition.

Being Overweight

woman suffering of sleep apnea disorderObstructive Sleep Apnea is a very common condition in people that are overweight. It is due to there being extra tissue in the back of the throat. This tissue can fall when you are sleeping, blocking your airway and making it harder to breathe.

Smoking

Sleep Apnea is more common in people who smoke when compared with nonsmokers. Smoking can cause the back of the throat to become inflamed, and you are also more likely to retain fluid in the back of your throat if you are a smoker. Both of these things can lead to your airway becoming blocked.

Other Factors

You are more likely to develop Sleep Apnea if there is already someone in your family that has this disease. Males are also more likely to suffer from this condition than females, especially those over fifty. High blood pressure is another risk factor for this condition.

In severe cases of Sleep Apnea, you may have to wear a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) mask while you are sleeping which will help you to retain a constant airflow throughout the night which will stop you being woken up by breathing problems. There are also lifestyle changes that you can make to help reduce the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Losing even a small amount of weight can make a big difference, and stopping smoking will also help. Both of these will also have a positive impact on your general wellbeing.

 

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