If you have obstructive sleep apnea then there are some things that are a certainty, such as grunting and waking up suddenly many, many times each night. The airway in the back of the throat is blocked by loose skin or an enlarged tongue causing your brain to send up a red flag to your system so you can wake up. Blockage can also be due to the shape of your face. Another certainty is that sleep apnea is bad, very bad, for your health, with heart problems being the biggest problem. You might also think that being exhausted all day is something that comes with the territory, but in reality it isn’t.
That is not to say that after a night of waking up hundreds of times you will feel like a million bucks the next day, but you may not be as tired as you think. In my own circumstance I’m not completely exhausted all day and the reason that is because I have gotten used to over the years.
But don’t be lulled into complacency, even if you aren’t extremely tired the next day, sleep apnea can still do damage to your heart and play havoc with other parts of your mind and body. Personally, the problem that I find most disturbing is the memory loss that comes with sleep apnea and the depletion of energy that prevents you doing physical activities that you might want to try.
So even if you can function with sleep apnea it is still best to seek corrective treatments.
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