Sunday, March 13, 2011

Are you ignoring your sleep apnea?

I have read that there are a vast number of people who have sleep apnea and don’t know it. I believe it but there is probably is also a vast number of folks that have it and are doing nothing about it.

About 20 or 30 years ago no one ever spoke about sleep apnea at least it didn’t seem that they did. Snoring was and is a common problem (especially for those who have to listen to it every night). What a lot of folks didn’t realize that the snoring that they were hearing could be part of something far worse than they imagined, sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea has gotten a lot of press over the past 10 to 15 years because of all the harmful health issues that it can create. So more and more doctors are setting up folks for overnight sleep studies, which determine whether you have sleep apnea or not and if they do then the treatments are discussed.

Here is where the problem lies; some of the treatments are difficult to deal with. Of course the number one treatment is using the CPAP machine, which pushes air through a tube into the back of your throat. As I have written before I wasn’t ever able to get used to the machine even after 2 tries with different masks. The other option is surgery and from what I have read that isn’t always successful and if it is it takes a long time to recover.

Unfortunately there could be consequences to not controlling your sleep apnea, such as major health problems like heart disease. One thing that I am trying to do right now is lose weight, which might not stop the sleep apnea completely it will lessen the blockage in the back of the throat at least somewhat.

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