Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Preventing Sleep Apnea

There are many illnesses and diseases that can be prevented by leading a healthy life of exercise and eating right. Of course sometimes that isn’t enough and you may require medication or other medical intervention. In the case of sleep apnea it is difficult to say that you can prevent it. Are the causes of sleep apnea something you can prevent or are you eventually going to have sleep apnea anyway?

Sleep apnea is caused by the blockage of the airway in the back of the throat thus causing you to wake up suddenly gasping for air. Why is there blockage in the back of the throat? It could excess tissue or it could an enlarged tongue or even the shape of your face may play a part in it. The excess tissue happens frequently because of the sleep apnea sufferer being overweight. That is not to say that every person who has sleep apnea is overweight but it is very common. What if you would lose the weight would you still have sleep apnea? You might but it wouldn’t be as bad as it was before, at least that was what was told to me by a doctor. But what about the other conditions such as an enlarged tongue and the shape of your face. There isn’t much you can do about that. My sleep apnea is caused because of an enlarged tongue and the shape of my face. One doctor suggested that if I couldn’t get used to a cpap machine that surgery would be my only hope to get a good night’s sleep.

Certainly there are things that you can do to not aggravate the sleep apnea. Drinking alcohol before going to bed or taking any kind of sedative, sleeping pills will definitely make matters worse. Sleeping on your side also helps some folks slow down this sleeping disorder. As noted earlier losing weight and exercising is beneficial.

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