Sleep apnea: a silent murderer


Get a good night's sleep is essential to their welfare. However, many people do not realize that they are often deprived of sleep due to breathing problems. More than 90 percent of people who snore are at risk for sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea.

According to research by the National Sleep Foundation, about 18 million adults are not getting enough sleep due to sleep apnea. Who suffer from lack of sleep will make you feel tired and groggy, which leads to low productivity at work and even lead to poor driving habits. Your bed partner may get tired of his constant movement and breathing irregularities that can cause stress and tension in their relationship and result in separate rooms.

Pauses in breathing during sleep is called sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing. Most adults are often diagnosed with obstructive apnea or sleep disordered breathing, which is caused by obstruction of the breathing passage of the tonsils and adenoids.

Sleep apnea affects in a way that no one could dream of. The vicious cycle of sleep apnea starts when the throat is blocked, the oxygen level in blood drops due to shortness of breath, and a person wakes up breathless.

People with sleep apnea often feel tired and sleepy during the day due to the quality of sleep is affected, as they move from a deep sleep and light sleep several times during the night. These periods of shortness of breath, as short as they are, inevitably, is awakened from a deep sleep. As a result, you are not getting enough rest from your sleep. In addition, sleep apnea causes a reduction of oxygen in the bloodstream resulting in total deprivation of the cellular functions of your body.

If you snore, sleep restlessly, gasp and pause when breathing in sleep, especially during sleep, it is likely that sleep apnea. You can detect these symptoms yourself, or more likely been told about them by their partner. Sleep apnea is more common in overweight people. Men are also at greater risk than women. Almost all people with sleep apnea snore - at least once during the night. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. It is important to check for other symptoms of sleep apnea to see if they have the condition.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring and daytime sleepiness. Other symptoms include:

Turning restless during sleep.
The night of suffocation
Night sweats
Mild to severe pain in the chest
Waking up tired after sleeping
Do you have problems with memory and concentration
Feeling irritable and nervous
Experience changes in personality
Morning headaches
Swelling of the legs

Undetected sleep apnea may increase the risk of hypertension, heart attack or stroke, and diabetes and work-related and traffic accidents. Sleep apnea can also cause brain damage and result in shorter life expectancy.

If sleep apnea is successfully treated and start sleeping better, you will experience a boost of energy. Many people even claim to have less asthma, are quieter, with more positive, but have improved strength and better functioning immune system. So if you suspect that you or your partner suffer from this condition should speak with your doctor to discuss possible treatment plans

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