Unfortunately, too many people ignore their sleep apnea symptoms. It isn’t because they don’t want to take care of themselves, but it is because they don’t understand this condition. If you have sleep apnea, there are things you need to know, and you should always visit an ENT for diagnosing and treatment.
It’s Not Just Snoring
While you may snore because of your sleep apnea, it is not snoring. With sleep apnea, you may stop breathing as much as 400 times in the night and these can last 10 to 30 seconds each time. This will cause you to snort and make noises similar to snoring.
It’s Very Dangerous
Many patients think that sleep apnea is not dangerous and it is just a condition that makes you tired throughout the day. But, it is a very serious condition that can lead to health problems later on. From risk of heart attack to even causing you to be in a car accident or suffer from a stroke, this is not a minor condition.
Obstructive Apnea is Common
The most common type of apnea diagnosed is obstructive sleep apnea. This is when your tongue, tonsils, and other tissues in the back of your throat block off your airway and cause you to stop breathing temporarily.
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You Do Not Have to be Old
While some people don’t show signs of apnea until they are older, it is a common myth that you have to be old to get it. There are plenty of people in their twenties who are diagnosed. While it is more common after age 40, if you have the symptoms, don’t assume you are too young to get it.
Alcohol Makes It Worse, Not Better
Some people think that if they drink before bed, they will get a better night’s sleep. But, alcohol can actually worsen sleep apnea and make it easier for your body to stop breathing in the middle of the night.
Kids Can Have it, Too
Just like the age myth, some parents think that their kids could not have it. While very rare, some kids as early as 10 start having issues with sleep apnea. These are very mild at this age, but as they get older, they will start to see developmental and behavioral issues because of it.
You Need to See an ENT
If you think you have sleep apnea or you have already been diagnosed. Go see an ENT for further treatment. Dr. Light has helped countless patients manage their sleep apnea, so meet with him today for a no obligation consultation.