If you had a bad night where you couldn’t sleep at all, then a bad day where you will be drowsy will follow. It is a miserable feeling when you don’t get enough sleep, every little thing that you do during the day seems to take all of your energy (what little you have left!) This happens to most folks at one time or the other but if you have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea that it probably occurs every day.
It is difficult to be productive if your energy is sapped and that is exactly what happens after a night of waking every few minutes because the apnea is choking you. It can also cause emotional problems such as depression and physical illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
Sleep apnea is caused by blockage in the back of the throat due to loose tissue or an enlarged tongue. There is another type of sleep apnea called central sleep apnea that causes you to awake every few minutes but it isn’t due to blockage in the throat. This type of apnea doesn’t occur as much as obstructive sleep apnea.
Strangely enough a lot of folks with sleep apnea don’t even know they have it so they just do the best they can with the small amount of rest that they get. That’s way it is important to get a sleep study done and see if you have OSA. The most common type of cure for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine which keeps your airway open by blowing air down your throat. Surgery is also an option but usually saved until everything else has been tried and failed.
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