Are you having troubles getting proper rest? Always tired? You may be easily irritated, feeling depressed or just not feeling the way you used to.
Whichever it may be, a good nights rest is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
One thing to consider is that it may be a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. It comes with life-threatening side-effects. Being able to recognize the symptoms is the first step in moving forward.
As we move forward from here, I would like to tell you a little about the three main types of sleep apnea. My goal is to help educate people from my experiences and researching new ideas related to Sleep Apnea.
No one should have to go through life without being aware that it is controllable. It is curable. Taking steps to a healthy lifestyle should be a #1 priority in everyone’s life.
1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
The first most common type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. (OSA). A relaxed throat muscle reduces the air flow. It can also stop breathing many times through the night. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep-related breathing disorder involving breathing interruptions during sleep. These brief interruptions, or apneas, usually last a few seconds and can occur as frequently as 20 to 30 times per hour. They can include choking, gasping, or loud snoring. Males over 40 are the most common patients with OSA. Weight gain is at the top causing tissue build-up at the Uvala, restricting air flow.
2. Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is the second common sleep apnea. Through some research, I have discovered that it is about 20 percent of the total sleep apnea cases. Some doctors have different views so let’s say it’s a more or less estimate for now.
(CSA) Central sleep apnea is a condition similar to OSA. The breathing also stops during your sleep occasionally to many times depending on the seriousness. It is caused by the brain sending an improper signal regarding breathing. Congestive heart failure is the leading cause of CSA. It is a medical condition which needs to be addressed by medical professionals or specialist related to the disease.
3. Mixed Sleep Apnea.
Mixed sleep apnea also known as Complex sleep apnea is the least common of the three types. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the first two, OSA and CSA. Research says that usually, it is an interaction between the two other disorders.
Side Effects Related to Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has serious side effects. Most of which are life-threatening and reduce your life span. In some cases, it is not only your life at risk. It is essential to take action and pursue therapy as a treatment for sleep apnea.
Some of these related side effects are as follows:
1. High blood pressure 2. Stoke 3. Heart failure 4. Worsening ADHD. 5. Headaches.
Those are naming a few. Try to imagine driving down the road and falling asleep behind the wheel. To me, this is one of the worst side effects that I can imagine.
What are the Next Steps?
Once you have recognized your symptoms and are willing to seek help, there are many choices out there these days. Consulting with a doctor would probably be your first step. A doctor can offer you professional advice and lead you in the right direction.
Understanding the side effects is another step forward. Sleep apnea is a severe condition. There is no happy outcome without taking action. Whether it may be you, a family member or an acquaintance understanding the side effects is crucial. Your health is most important. Without it, is like trying to go somewhere on an empty gas tank.
Well if you made it this far, you are willing to control your sleep apnea. Trying to keep fit and active is probably at the top of the list. Gaining weight leads to many health risks. Sleep apnea is one of the dangers which is just another branch to more risks.
There are other causes as well. It has become more common now, and there are many options available to control whatever type of apnea you have. CPAP surgery, Dental devices, and chin straps are just naming a few. Identify the problem, understand it and take control.
Living With Sleep Apnea
Developing a sleeping disorder doesn’t have to be a severe issue. Ignoring the symptoms and side effects is though. 25 yrs ago when I had developed sleep apnea it wasn’t as common as it is today. I had never known it existed and was unsure how to proceed after realizing the symptoms.
Thanks to advanced technology and increased knowledge, living with sleep apnea can be very painless. Making wise decisions regarding health choices is very important. It has to start with you.
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