Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night? You May Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a very serious sleep disorder. Having it causes your breathing to be interupted during sleep. You actually stop beathing up to 10 or more seconds at a time, not only that but it can happen 1 to even 50 times per hour as you try to get some rest. This can lead to you waking up 3 or more times in the middle of the night, which is extremely frustrating.

It is categorized into two types:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common. This is caused by a blockage in your airway, usually due to soft tissue in the back of the throat collapsing during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea where the the airway is not blocked, but caused from your brain failling to signal your muscles to breathe.

Between 2 and 10% of all people all over are affected by this. It is impossible to determine how many people actually suffer from sleep apnea because most of those who have it go untreated. It is most common amongst men over 40 and a smaller percentage of women as well, being more common to women after menopause.

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Determining if you have it

Being overweight, over 40 (although people below that age do suffer from it), if you have a particularly large neck about 17 inches or more, throat issues or even large tonsils, or a family history of sleep apnea you could possible have the disorder.

You may be putting yourself at risk if you are a smoker, heavy alcohol drinker, have unusual sleep patterns due to an irregular work schedule, or if you have or have a history of lung disease in your family.

The previous were the subtle yet most noticeable signs, however the issue is that people can’t always determine if they have sleep apnea because the damage is done while you sleep. The often overlooked but key warning signs are:

  • Morning headaches
  • Forgetfulness and/or concentration issues
  • Being sleepy in the day time
  • Waking to a choking or gasping sensation. Or even waking up with a sore throat.
  • Loud snoring (however many people who snore do not have sleep apnea but most who do have sleep apnea snore)
  • Constantly waking up in the middle of the night.
  • Insomnia
  • Having anxiety, irritability, or depression

Having this disorder is nothing to sleep on (mainly because you can’t), although it may not seem so serious because it is often unnoticed. In the long run it can lead to very serious health issues if left untreated. If you think you may have it please contact your doctor to be properly diagnosed.

Get Treatment

Having this disorder is nothing to sleep on (mainly because you can’t), although it may not seem so serious because it is often unnoticed. In the long run it can lead to very serious health issues if left untreated. If you think you may have it please contact your doctor to be properly diagnosed.

As a youngster with sleep apnea you may suffer academic underachievement and poor performance in everyday activity. But more seriously it can lead to a stroke, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and sudden death.

If you think you have sleep apnea try asking your spouse or someone close to you to watch you while you sleep to see if they can catch any symptoms. Or contact your doctor or dentist to either determine if you have a sleeping disorder and whether or not a lifestyle change is in order or a more serious treatment.

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