The Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be a very dangerous medical condition which should not be left untreated. What happens is that sleep apnea effects cause a person to actually stop breathing for a few seconds during the night.

 The person usually then wakes up just long enough to correct this and goes back to sleep – probably without even realizing what has happened. Usually sleep apnea is caused by the tissue in the throat collapsing on itself, cutting off the airway and causing a restriction in breathing. There is often a connection between snoring and sleep apnea.

When a person suffers from constant snoring, sleep apnea may be the culprit if the snoring is the type that sounds like choking, gasping, or wheezing.

 These noises aren’t technically snoring but are signs of that airway being blocked, causing what we refer to as snoring. Sleep apnea causes a person to make these sounds because they are desperately trying to get air through this passage way.

Another one of the reasons that snoring and sleep apnea are related is that snoring signals a problem with the throat muscles and tissues and with a person’s breathing overall. Persons who can breathe freely while they sleep typically don’t snore.

 While a few noises during the night aren’t uncommon, very loud and repetitive, chronic snoring is not normal and not natural.

If you or the person you’re sharing your bed with has a problem with snoring, sleep apnea may be the culprit and he or she should be tested by a doctor.

 This lack of air while one sleeps can lead to some serious physical and health condition, including dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, and even brain damage in more severe cases.

 You can be almost certain is a person has a problem with snoring and sleep apnea if they wake up groggy, with a headache, with blurred vision, and a sore throat. Of course only a doctor can make an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment for snoring and sleep apnea related conditions may include something as simple as a snore pillow, throat sprays, inhalers, medications in a vaporizer, or something as complicated as an oxygen machine by one’s bedside.

 While it may sound frightening to think that you have this condition, remember that it’s better to find out the truth and get it treated right away. When you have a chronic problem with snoring and sleep apnea, this can lead to many more serious conditions down the road.


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