Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea
I’d like to take a moment to talk about a serious medical condition that affects millions of people every night. Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder where the sufferer stops breathing during sleep, and awakens. It is a disorder that gets worse as a person ages.

People who suffer from Sleep Apnea will stop breathing for about ten seconds, awaken, then go back to sleep. This usually happens about five times a night, and the person who suffers from sleep apnea usually doesn’t even know that they have stopped breathing. They often suffer from sleepiness and fatigue during the day.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is common among people who are overweight and have high blood pressure. A symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, although not all people who snore have sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep apnea is when the soft palate muscles around the base of the tongue relax and obstruct the airway.

Central Sleep Apnea is a bit less common. It occurs because the central nervous system is not telling the muscles to breath. It can occur in people who have recently suffered a stroke, or heart failure.

Both forms of Sleep Apnea can be treated. Visit sleep apnea for a list of medical centers and doctors that treat sleep apnea.

(Disclosure: This has been a paid post for which I will be compensated)


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