Let’s Talk About Sleep

Do you consistently feel sleepy during the day? Want to take a nap while driving? Does your spouse complain about your snoring? There may be more to it than just getting older. You may not be getting good quality sleep at night and it may be taking its toll on you.

One reason for poor quality sleep is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is when your breathing is impaired or completely stopped while you are sleeping. The severity of this conditioned is measured by the number of times per hour this occurs.

You can think of sleep apnea as your body continuously strangling itself throughout the night. This is caused by soft tissue becoming relaxed and collapsing the upper airway; restricting or completely closing it. Consider this, someone with severe OSA can stop breathing at least 30 times per hour for at least 10 seconds. Each time this occurs your body fights to breathe again and your heart rate increases. Instead of a nice restful night, your body feels as if you have been running a marathon all night and you have been deprived of oxygen.

Risks of Sleep Apnea

How serious is sleep apnea? In a study by the University of Wisconsin they found the death rate triples for those who have sleep apnea. In addition sleep apnea also increases your chance of many other life threatening diseases: cardiac arrest, diabetes, attention deficit, hyperthyroid, depression etc. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that will continue to erode your health and can eventually lead to premature death.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Snoring
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • High blood pressure.

In addition other symptoms that may come up are:

  • Acid reflux
  • Morning headaches
  • Diabetes
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Social problems
  • Memory problems
  • Dental symptoms
  • Nighttime urination

Snoring is the greatest