Sleep Apnea

Help with Sleep Apnea

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5 effective suggestions to improve your sleep Apnea

Think it’s just pretty loud snoring? Think again.

Such loud snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, an extremely dangerous sleep disorder which causes death if not taken care of properly.

Suffers from Sleep Apnea? Here are 5 effective suggestions to reduce Sleep Apnea:

1.      Don’t smoking.

There are substances in the cigarette that causes inflammation and swelling to the breathing airway. Such reactions will only worsen sleep apnea as your airway is being blocked further, making your sleep apnea even more dangerous.

2.     Lose weight.

Being obese not only expose you to illnesses such as high blood pressure and increased chances of heart attack and stoke, it also contributes to sleep apnea. Losing weight not only makes you healthier as a whole, it also opens up your airway hence the loud snoring would be reduced and hence sleep apnea is alleviated.

3.      Avoid alcohol and medicine.

Next time your friends ask you out for a drink, simply say no. Alcohol and sleeping pills contains substances that change the movement of muscles in your throat as a result causing difficultly in breathing. This worsens sleep apnea.

4.      Maintain a good sleep cycle.

Keep the habit of waking up and turning in at the same time everyday. Do not ever give yourself the excuse of catching up on sleep just because you have not been sleeping well for the past few nights. This is because by allowing yourself just a few more hours of sleep would destroy your body clock and only deteriorate your sleep cycle and ensure that you can’t sleep well. It has been scientifically proven that a good night sleep will reduce sleep apnea.

5.      Sleep on your side.

Sleeping on your side will reduces the chances of sleep apnea as compared to sleeping on your back. This is because, when sleeping on your back, earth’s gravitational pull will change movement of muscles behind you throat, interfering with normal breathing mechanism. Thus worsening your sleep apnea as it blocks the airways.

Now, experiment with these effective tips and we wish you all the best in your sleep endeavours!

 

Effects of Sleep Apnea

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What are the Consequences if you have Sleep Apnea?

1.      Sleep Apnea leads to Sleep deprivation

Sleep Apnea causes one to get out of its naturnal cycle of sleep. As a result, often, sufferers of sleep apnea finds it hard to get back to sleep once awakened. As a result, most sufferers of sleep apnea will be deprived of sleep as well.

2.      Sleep Apnea leads to mental problems

Due to lack of sleep caused by Sleep Apnea, the emotional state of mind gains more tension, which in turn causes mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. . It could lead to low self esteem as well since sleep deprivation makes one gain dark circles and eye bags, impairing one’s beauty. .

3.      Sleep Apnea deteriorate your health

Proven by statistics, 50% of sleep apnea sufferers suffers from high blood pressure. They are also more likely to have stroke and heart attack. The causative link lies in the fact that sufferers of sleep apnea are usually obese and this already greatly increase the chance of one getting the illnesses as mentioned.

4.      Sleep Apnea leads to Short-term memory

As mentioned, Sleep Apnea leads to a poor sleep cycle, as such one suffer sleep deprivation. Studies have shown that if you ain what lack sleep, you will have bad memory because sleep deprivation will slow down brain activity. Some also suggest that if you sleep after you had an exam, it is more likely that you will retain what you have learnt.

5.      Sleep Apnea affects your Intelligence

Often, it is those you lack sleep who fares badly in an examination. Therefore you frequently see teachers urging their students to sleep more instead of burning midnight oil the night before the examinations. Since Sleep Apnea causes sleep deprivation, it affects you intelligence as well.

6.      Sleep Apnea makes you less productive

I’m sure most of you have experience this, if you can’t sleep the previous night, the next day you will definitely be overcome with fatigue. Being tired, you will face difficulty completing a task assigned to you. Most frequently, you might even screw things up. Carrying a sleep debt reduced your efficiently greatly.

 

Causes of Sleep Apnea

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Suffers from Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is one of the most dangerous sleep disorders because it can seize your life if not taken care of properly. This sleep disorder is characterised by sudden stop in breathing or weak breathes. Such sudden stop last for around 15 seconds, and can happen for 25 times just in 1 hour. One explanation for such a sleep disorder is due to obesity which may block airways hence contributing to difficulty in breathing.

Different types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

This is due to change in movement of muscles at the back of your throat when you sleep, which leads to an airway blockage hence causing you to lose your breath while you sleep. It is usually accompanied with snoring.

  • Central sleep apnea

This is due to poor respond of the nervous system causing the brain to not initiate the breathing mechanism to work properly. This is not accompanied with snoring.

  • Complex sleep apnea

This type of sleep apnea is the least common. Sufferers suffer from both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. You are suffering from Sleep Apnea if you:

  • Cannot engage in deep sleep
  • Feels exhausted all the time
  • Finds it difficult to breath
  • Experience sever headaches and dry throat in the morning
  • Make many trips to the toilet in a single night
  • Cannot focus and is easily distracted and extremely moody
  • Snores loudly all the  time

Causes of sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is caused when you airway is blocked due to muscle relaxation causing you to have weak breathes when you sleep. Here are some possible factors: 1.      Mental illnesses / emotional distress – you are depress, you face a lot of stress and anxiety.
2.      Obese
3.      Aged male (above 60)
4.      Unhealthy Lifestyle – smoking, alcohol, burning midnight oil. 5.      Genetics – it is common for the family to experience similar illnesses.
6.      Others – certain types of medication and food will affect your sleep.