Many may not know what Sleep Apnea is

Many assumed SNORING mean deep sleeping or 'enjoy the sleep'. We have read, heard or someone we know died in sleep due to cardiac arrest. There is at least one person who snore every night in every family but how many is managing their Sleep Disorder?

Snoring is a sound resulting from turbulent airflow that causes the tissues of the nose and throat to vibrate during sleep. The turbulent air flow is related to a narrowing at some point in the nose, mouth, or throat.

  • About 40% of adult men and 24% of adult woman are habitual snorers.
  • Sleeping on your back may make you more likely to snore.
  • Snoring can be a nuisance to your bed partner or any one sharing room with you.
  • Heavy Snoring may be associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea,  a serious sleep disorder.

 

What Is Sleep Apnea? 

Snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by multiple episodes of breathing pauses greater than 10 seconds at a time, due to upper airway narrowing or collapse. This result in sudden decreasing of Oxygen level, increase blood pressure and also to cause the heart to work harder.
When your body starts to struggle for oxygen, this causes disruption your sleep cycle. This can happen up to 300 times per night lasting from at least 10 second to more than 1 minute each time.

What are the Symptoms of OSA 

  • Severe exhaustion

  • Forgetfulness

  • Difficulty in concentrating

  • Loud snoring

  • Irregular breathing e.g Choking/ Snorting in sleep

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Morning headache

  • Fatigue

  • Frequent visits to bathroom at night (Nocturia)

  • Sexual dysfunction

 

Top Health Risk Related to Untreated OSA

Stroke:
People with untreated Sleep Apnea are two to four times more likely to suffer from stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to brain is interrupted, depriving the brain from oxygen. 
Sleep Apnea as a result of pauses in breathing during sleep decreases flow of oxygen in the blood and brain.  

 
Heart Attack:
Sleep Apnea is linked to heart problem because pauses in breathing reduce oxygen level, disrupt blood pressure multiple times each night. This progress gradually add stresses on your heart which could eventually cause heart problems like Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, and Irregular Heartbeat.
CPAP therapy can reduce your chance of suffering from heart problems.

Diabetes:
Sleep Apnea is related to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. PAP Therapy can help to improve insulin sensitivity.

Accidents on road, at work and Societal Consequences:
The common symptom of Sleep Apnea includes excessive daytime sleepiness. Lack of focus and concentration while driving or operating equipment at work may lead to fatal accidents. Other symptoms include memory loss, depression, irritable, lack of energy to socialize.

Medical Expenses
CPAP Therapy is long-term and non-invasive therapy. It helps to reduce medical expenses in the long-run. For instance reduce visits to doctors; treatments for chronic health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes.

     

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     Top Health Risk Related To OSA