Clearly – mild, moderate, or severe – sleep apnea is nothing to ignore.
Everyone’s Sleep Apnea is the same, right?
Well, sort of. Obstructive sleep apnea always refers to a breathing disorder resulting in a cessation of breath. But there are categories: Mild, moderate, and severe. What distinguishes mild sleep apnea from severe is simply your blood oxygen level and the number of episodes you have per hour. The more episodes, the more severe your apnea is considered.
Sleep apnea is essentially your body choking on itself and causing repeated episodes of partial or complete suffocation sometimes lasting a minute or more. These choking and suffocating episodes repeat constantly throughout the night causing a myriad of health complications including increased risk of stroke, heart attack and even death. The cause of this collapse in the airway is usually due to the soft tissues in the mouth , tongue or throat closing down and blocking airflow during sleep. The first sign of this is usually snoring which happens when you are attempting to breathe through a narrow airway. If left untreated snoring often escalates to full OSA where the narrow airway is now completely blocked. Nearly 1 in 4 adults over 30 are unknowingly suffering from at least mild sleep apnea.
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A study by the Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine notes that over 18 Million Americans have OSA.
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Symptoms of Mild Sleep Apnea
But even if your apnea has been classified as mild, stopping breathing more than five times an hour can lead to seriously dangerous and unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Mental decline, trouble concentrating, memory problems, or dementia
- Sexual dysfunction
- Increased cancer risk
- High blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke
- Night time chest pain
- A feeling of severe or excessive daytime sleepiness
- Depression or lack of interest in life
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth and/or a sore throat in the morning
- Irregular heartbeat
WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA)
Apnea. It’s a funny word, but absolutely nothing to laugh at! Derived from the Greek word apnoia, it literally means “without breath.” That’s right. Sleep apnea is when your breathing stops while you are asleep – and that is as serious as it sounds. Because sleep apnea stops you from breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night and for up to two minutes at a time, it causes a drop in blood oxygen levels. Your body realizes it could die from lack of oxygen, the fight or flight startle response is triggered, and with a gasp, you wake up. This process places a lot of stress on your heart and raises blood pressure. In addition, the adrenaline released affects cortisol levels – and a cortisol imbalance can lead to dramatic weight gain!
Symptoms of (OSA)
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- Inconsistent breathing during sleep
- Gasping, choking, or coughing during sleep
- Extreme sleepiness throughout the day
- Lethargic feelings
- Morning headaches
- Mouth breathing