SLEEP APNEA IS A SILENT KILLER.
One of the most common types of sleep disorders or sleep apnea is Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which is caused by obstruction of the airway. The obstruction occurs during sleep as the lower jaw slips backwards and essentially closes the upper airway which results in reduction of oxygen level in blood stream. The pausing and gasping for air is called “apneas” which means “without breath”.
In America, it is estimated that around 18 million of Americans suffer from obstruction of airway or sleep apnea. What is so dangerous is that about 80-90% of them are undiagnosed.
Snoring could be harmless, however, it is a sign of airway obstruction and this results as the tongue rolls back into the throat when an individual is sleeping. This causes blocking of the airway which results in snoring and sleep apnea.
Did you know:
Males are more likely to have OSA, Obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome than females. There are many theories behind this fact. But males generally store more fat in their upper body specially in their neck than women, females have some hormonal protection against Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). These hormonal difference could be one reason females present with different symptoms than men. Men present with more obvious symptoms such as snoring, witnessed apnea, and tiredness. However, females may present with symptoms such as fatigue, mood disorders, Temporal mandibular disease (TMD), or insomnia.
Another interesting factor is age. Children with OSA will often show mouth breathing, bedtime problems, and bet wetting. In many cases they may show hyperactivity or difficulty concentrating in school or during daily activity. Older adults present with tiredness, and narrow palate or snoring.
HEART OR BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEM
Individuals with Obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) develop inflammatory responses with is responsible for hypertension. But the good news is that with good airway system and preventing OSA the inflammatory response with be eliminated.
There are many options to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a silent killer. It put an individual with sleep apnea at great risk of death than stroke. Take this matter seriously and seek professional help.