Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that occurs when your body wakes up during the night to catch a breath. While most people look at this condition as an inconvenience that disrupts their sleep, it is a condition that should not go untreated.
Millions of people around the world suffer from sleep apnea, but do not understand it. Whether you have been diagnosed or you are just waking up tired often, you should know exactly what you are dealing with before you brush it off.
Sleep apnea is very dangerous. Not only are you sleep deprived and fatigued all of the time, but in some cases, this condition can turn fatal. Sleep apnea has been linked to blood pressure problems, heart disease, and even irregular heartbeats. Also, the continuous lack of good sleep could lead to severe sleep deprivation.
CPAP is the Popular Form of Treatment
Most patients who suffer from sleep apnea find relief with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). This non-invasive treatment consists of pressurized air placed over the nose and provides just enough air to prevent the airway from collapsing.
Your Health Affects Sleep Apnea
If you are overweight, smoke or drink a lot of alcohol, then you may increase the chances you suffer from sleep apnea. Sometimes all it takes is losing a certain amount of weight to fix sleep apnea issues. While this is not always the correct course of action, your physician will assess your overall health to determine if weight is a factor.
You Most likely Suffer from Other Health Issues
Studies have linked sleep apnea with other chronic conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, acid reflux and even high blood pressure. Sleep apnea may worsen these conditions or these conditions may worsen your sleep apnea.
Men Suffer More than Women
Men, women, and children can all suffer from sleep apnea, but men ages 35 or older are more likely to suffer from it than women.
Think You Have Sleep Apnea? See an ENT
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that must be diagnosed and treated by a professional. If you think you have sleep apnea or you have been diagnosed in the past, then you need to visit an ENT. Dr. Light has helped countless patients with sleep apnea get better sleep and even feel better. Contact us today for a no obligation consultation regarding your sleep apnea.