Jul 28, 2019

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Don’t Sleep on Sleep Apnea

Sleep is one of the most crucial aspects of anyone’s development. It gives our bodies the opportunity to rest from a busy day and to repair themselves when fighting off illness or injury. Because of the important role that sleep plays in our overall growth, it is important that our sleep routine remains constant and uninterrupted.

Unfortunately for many, their sleep cycles become interrupted due to something called sleep apnea. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably never heard of sleep apnea before. Whether you believe that you have sleep apnea or know someone who has it, read this post to learn more about it!

What is Sleep Apnea?

You’re probably asking yourself, what exactly is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which one’s breathing stops and starts during the sleep cycle.

The main two side effects of sleep apnea include extremely loud snoring and still feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. If you notice these two things happen fairly frequently in your life, you should consider reaching out to a sleep specialist.

Additional side effects of sleep apnea include insomnia, a headache in the morning, continually gasping for air during sleep, and waking up with a dry mouth. Keep a record of any and all symptoms that you can show your doctor during your consultation.

As with most disorders, there are many different types of sleep apnea. The types of sleep apnea are as follows:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most common form of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles become so relaxed during sleep that they block the airway. This results in the trademark snoring often associated with sleep apnea.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: In central sleep apnea, the brain does not send the appropriate signals to control breathing during the sleep cycle. This form of sleep apnea is far less common than obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome: Complex sleep apnea syndrome merges the two forms of sleep apnea together. It is much less common than the other two forms.

Don’t use this post as medical advice. Make sure to speak with a medical professional that can tell you what type of sleep apnea you’re dealing with and recommend treatment.

How is it Treated?

The course of treatment recommended for those dealing with sleep apnea depends on the level of severity of the sleep apnea. If the sleep apnea is relatively mild, your doctor will likely just recommend lifestyle changes like losing weight and cutting smoking out of your daily routine.

If your sleep apnea is more severe, your doctor may recommend a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. You wear this machine while you sleep and it keeps your airways open and allows you to sleep uninterrupted.

There is a wide range of other therapies that can help you sleep better. I recommend checking out the advice of sleep therapy experts like Silent Night Therapy to see which one is best for you!

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