Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Why are more people getting sleep apnea?

With the internet, information is fast and detailed, you can learn about everything from a to z. Every disease and disorder known to man is only a click away. You can find out what to eat, how much to eat, how much exercise a person your age should do, staying healthy shouldn’t be a problem. But not everyone follows the healthy living advice found on the web and the TV. Sleep apnea has also gotten a lot of press, mostly because sleep is closely tied to good health, sleep apnea ruins that sleep, so why are more people getting sleep apnea?

The easy answer is people still gain weight no matter how health conscious the internet and the media in general are. They preach about losing weight and keeping weight off. They tell you of the perils of being overweight and how important it is to lead a good example for the next generation. Of course obesity in children today is worse than ever, due to junk food and inactivity. Being overweight can certainly lead to sleep apnea. But it isn’t just being overweight that causes sleep apnea, an enlarged tongue can cause it and so can a narrow throat.

The perfect solution to curtail the rise in sleep apnea would be for everyone to watch what they eat and exercise. From my own experience I know that it just isn’t that easy. Starting on an exercise program is difficult if you don’t have any energy. What I am trying to do right now is to exercise just a little each day, hopefully that will increase my energy.

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