Friday, March 19th, 2010

Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea1People suffering from sleep apnea endure fitful sleep through out the night, waking up often to catch their breath and suffer from amnesia about their turmoil in bed. Though sleep apnea can happen to anyone, as high as 70 to 90% sufferers are middle aged overweight men.
  

How sleep apnea is different from snoring?


Snoring is a loud sound that a person makes as they breathe during sleep. Snoring is the symptom mostly in cases of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a true breathing obstruction, which requires the sleeper to wake up to catch on his breath.

Signs

• Loud snoring and frequent awakenings through out the night.
• Fatigue and headache in the morning after night’s sleep.
• Falling asleep at inappropriate times, even while driving.
• Lethargy
• Rapid weight gain
• Memory loss and learning difficulties
• Short attention span
• Impaired judgment, confusion and depression

Sleep apnea, a potent health hazard
Serious health problems afflict a sufferer of sleep apnea, as a result of reduced oxygen going to the brain. Many life threatening ailments as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and brain damage spring from sleep apnea. A compromised quality of life and significant social and emotional problems often go with it. Obstructive sleep apnea is common in children; it manifests in symptoms such as poor attention, behavioral problems, delayed growth and snoring. Often enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the culprit.
Researches say that people with sleep apnea are at a greater risk of developing stroke, just as the stroke survivors are more likely to have sleep apnea

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