Sunday, February 6, 2011

Does the brain help with sleep apnea?

The body seems to make adjustments when things are going right. When you are scared the body releases chemicals to fight off the terror. Or when you get hurt the body releases endorphins to help with the pain and injury. So what does the body do when you are suffering from sleep apnea? You stop breathing and the brain goes into panic mode and wakes you up. But according to a new study by the University of Toronto the brain also releases a chemical called noradrenaline that helps the brain learn more effectively.

The article goes on to state that the brain forces the respiratory muscles to work harder as we struggle with sleep apnea. Apparently the chemical noradrenaline helps all this to occur. Which brings up an interesting question what if there was a medication that increased the level of noradrenaline? If all that were worked out you have a drug to help with sleep apnea. Of course all this would take time to happen, way in the future.

That is really interesting because I always wondered how people, myself included, could go on with the little amount of sleep that we have. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t get enough sleep but their findings are interesting. Hopefully something will come of this.

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