"Turn on your side, please." is one of the things I have to hear my husband tell me when I roar as loud as a lion when in deep sleep. Little did I know that when I snore I am not breathing. In the next paragraphs, I will talk about sleep apnea, describe it an list symptoms, discuss how common it is, and discuss treatments. Who knew snoring can be so complicated.
First, sleep apnea is a disorder of breathing during sleep. Typically it is accompanied by loud snoring. Apnea during sleep consist of brief periods throughout the night in which breathing stops. People with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen during sleep. There are also 2 major types of sleep apnea which are Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is the most common type and Central Sleep Apnea which is caused by a delay in the signal form the brain to breath. With both obstructive and central apnea you must wake up briefly to breathe, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. Usually there is no memory of these brief awakenings. Most common symptoms of sleep apnea include: Loud snoring, waking up unrefreshed and having trouble staying awake during the day, waking up with headaches, waking up during the night with the sensation of choking, waking up sweating, frequent trips to the bathroom during the night, and Insomnia - problem staying asleep.
Secondly, sleep apnea is extremely common and it doesn’t discriminate. Most of the people think it only affects men, which is incorrect. In reality, it affects men and women, young and old, and fit and overweight people. Because of this misconception, a lot of people ignore symptoms and don’t even talk to their doctor to see if they may need treatment. There are a lot of different types of people who think they couldn’t possibly have sleep apnea, like younger women. But young, fit women can still have sleep apnea. Even children can suffer from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder is a common condition that can affect anyone, it’s also...
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