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Are You Tired All the Time? Sleep Poorly?

Jul 11, 2008
If you are always tired, others tell you that you snore, and you are at least a bit overweight, you can suspect you have sleep apnea.

If you meet these criteria, have your doctor prescribe a sleep study for you. Don't wait! Your life could be shortened by sleep apnea, and it's all unnecessary -- there's treatment. If you have sleep apnea, you hold your breath and then gasp for air many times a night. It results in increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular disease including aneurism.

In sleep apnea, the airway collapses during an intake breath. Fatty tissue lining the airway causes the airway to lose elasticity. At least a bit of excess weight is therefore generally necessary for sleep apnea to occur. Sufferers generally also snore.

The airway collapses. Then the blood oxygen level falls. Blood pressure goes way up as a result. The sleeper, struggling to breathe, starts to wake up. Nearly waking up, the sleeper is able to complete the breath. Then he falls asleep again. The cycle can be repeated many times per minute. If a stopped breath lasts 10 seconds, it is defined as sleep apnea.

The spiking blood pressure is what wears out the cardiovascular system. The semi-conscious effort is what deprives you of sleep.

Oddly enough, you may not even be aware that you hold your breath while sleeping. Only the telltale tiredness will tip you off that you are in fact sleep-deprived.

The spiking blood pressure many times each night will bring you closer to heart attack or stroke.

There's treatment?

An effective treatment method has been developed over the past few decades. The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device consists of a face mask, an air hose, and a fan in side a box. The fan supplies pressure through the hose to your airway. It's not too much pressure--you can easily breathe out -- but when you breathe in, it boosts the airway pressure enough to prevent collapse.

Well, nothing's perfect, and some people report their masks are not comfortable. But there are plenty of options on the market.

A further drawback is the fact that you always have to wear the CPAP, even when camping or traveling.

What about fan noise? It's actually a white noise, which may help you fall asleep.

Compare risks to drawbacks. Without treatment, you are risking cardiovascular disease and early death. With it, you must adjust your habits to include wearing a mask to sleep and finding an electric outlet wherever you are. Do you choose test and treatment?
About the Author
Author Susan Harris is pleased to inform you all about sleep apnea and its treatment, the CPAP sleep apnea machine . Check out her Internet site for plenty of information to help you understand how it functions and choose the best one for you.
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