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Jan
6

Sleep Apnea Dangers

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Do you snore while you sleep at night?  If so, you may have a condition called Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is a serious disorder in which breathing is disrupted during sleep. If this condition is left untreated, people with this disorder could stop breathing repeatedly throughout their sleep at night. The brain and the rest of the body may not be getting enough oxygen.  In addition, untreated Sleep Apnea can cause the following conditions:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Snoring

Who is at risk for Sleep Apnea?  People can get this condition at any age.  Some of the risk factors for Sleep Apnea include being over the age of 40, overweight, male, or having a large neck circumference.

Being overweight raises the risk for sleep apnea because fatty deposits in the neck can block the breathing airway at night.  Usually this happens when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses while sleeping.  If the overweight individual loses weight, the sleep apnea can often be cured.

Sleep Specialists recommend using a CPAP machine, which is a machine with a mask attached to a hose.  Sleep Apnea patients use this machine at night to help them breathe easier while they are sleeping.  The CPAP machine increases the air pressure in the throat so the airway doesn’t collapse when breathing in.

Once patients have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have used the CPAP machine, they say they sleep better and feel better.  Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness among the public about sleep apnea and thus many patients are left undiagnosed and untreated.  It is important to be informed about this serious condition so patients can seek proper treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Sleep Better North Georgia
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee GA 30024

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