If you do a search of sleep disorders on the web then you will probably find that sleep apnea is at the top of the list. While insomnia has been talked about for some time, sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea is something that quite a few folks want to learn about. Thirty or forty years ago not many spoke about sleep apnea even though the term had been created by the Canadian Doctor William Osler. Now it is being pretty much accepted that a great deal of the country has some form or degree of sleep apnea.
The reason for the increase in sleep apnea probably has a lot to do with the general health of the population. As a society we have become sedentary and overweight, which is cause of sleep apnea. Excess weight around the neck increases the amount of blockage in the throat. Granted, sleep apnea can be caused by other things such as the shape of your face or maybe enlarged tongues but being overweight is definitely a major cause.
If you or your doctor feels that you have sleep apnea it is important to go for a sleep study as soon as possible. Besides telling you whether you have sleep apnea or not they will also determine if your case of apnea is mild, moderate or severe. This is very important because it will be helpful to your doctor in deciding what type of treatment is for you.
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