I had a sleep apnea test last week at a sleep lab and I want YOU to consider getting tested, too. I was wired up from the crown of my head to my ankles and then told to go to sleep. It seemed like it would be impossible, but I did fall sleep, albeit uncomfortably, until 5 AM when I was told I could go home.
Live a Long Healthy Life Without Regrets
I do want YOU to have a long healthy life without regrets and that’s why I’m writing about this. Aging Gracefully with Sleep Apnea would be an oxymoron because vitality and quality of life are diminished when sleep apnea is left untreated.
Indicators of Sleep Apnea
Have you been told that you snore or make choking noises in your sleep?
Do you feel consistently fatigued and unrested during the daytime?
Do you recall waking up gasping for air in the night?
Sleep apnea is such a serious problem that it’s worth your time and money to get checked out.
Some people stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep and they don’t even know it. Nonetheless, it’s taking a toll on the brain and the rest of the body because of the lack of oxygen.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are two types of problems:
- The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. The airway becomes blocked while when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
- The other is called central sleep apnea. If you have this type, the brain sometimes fails to tell the muscles to breathe because of an issue in the respiratory control center.
Who is at Risk?
Anyone can be affected – even children. The risk factors that are most commonly listed are:
- Being male
- Having excess weight
- Older than 40 years
- Having a large neck (greater than 17 inches for men, 16 inches for women)
- Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jawbone
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Nasal obstruction (deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems)
What Happens When Left Untreated?
The effects of sleep apnea, when left untreated, are a higher risk of health problems. Adults need to know if they stop breathing in the night. Otherwise, here’s a shortlist of increased risks:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attacks
- Worsening of ADHD
Besides the above, fatigue from sleep apnea is sometimes the cause of auto accidents and clumsiness. Marriages suffer, as well.
My friends, this condition is treatable. People have told me the difference in after treatment is more than they expected; it’s a life-changer.
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Written by Kathryn Eyring