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All About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a chronic disorder in which an individual has irregular breathing during sleep.

This breathing irregularity occurs at intraverbals, typically lasting seconds to minutes. Although this habit seems negligible, it prevents an effective, healthy sleep pattern from occurring. This results in extreme daytime fatigue, moodiness, and sometimes, even depression.

Since this condition, that nearly 18 million Americans are projective to have, occurs during sleep, it is extremely tricky to diagnose. Individuals can go a very long time without even realizing they have sleep apnea, and struggle to find the cause of their endless exhaustion. Even doctors have a hard time diagnosing sleep apnea, as there are no physical indicators that one has the condition.

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What causes it?

Although there are several types of sleep apnea, the most typical one is called obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when an individual’s airways are blocked during their sleep, which results in shallow breathing. Family members can spot this as it is often accompanied by severe snoring or sounds during sleep.

Who is at risk?

For obstructive sleep apnea, it is more likely to occur in people who are overweight. It also is more likely to be developed by individuals who have enlarged tonsils. Other risk factors include: being male, over the age of 40, gastroesophageal reflux, or sinus problems.

What are the long-term consequences?

Although this disorder seems relatively harmless, it can contribute to a number of serious health problems down the road. These include stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, an exasperation of ADHD symptoms, and high blood pressure.

It is also important to note that without proper sleep, one’s entire system cannot function properly. This can lead to poor lifestyle choices including alcohol consumption, an unhealthy diet, and even drug use.

What does typical treatment entail?

Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment can be as simple as losing weight, or as urgent as requiring surgery. Treatment could include the use of CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure- which is a machine that delivers air through a mask placed over one’s face. This creates enough pressure to open up one’s airway passages throughout the night.

Surgery is only utilized in the most severe cases and includes tissue removal, implants, and sometimes even jaw repositioning.

Alternative treatments

Natural Society  offers a few very interesting alternative solutions for treating Sleep Apnea.

The first one is ensuring that one has enough vitamin D in their diet, as it was found by increasing this vitamin in one’s diet led to the decrease in symptoms for Sleep Apnea. In addition to vitamin D, vitamin C has also been recommended by the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Herbal remedies were also mentioned by Natural Society, Lavender and California Poppy.

Recent research

A study from The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed a direct correlation between the occurrences of Sleep Apnea and hypertension. This study was hesitant to conclude the strength of the relation, as the participates were nearly all middle aged. Along with that, Sleep Apnea and hypertension were also related to obesity.

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