Sunday, September 18, 2011

The importance of controlling sleep apnea

Everyone knows how important sleep is to our daily lives, without the rest and rejuvenation that you receive from it our productivity lessens, and we open the door to various ailments that are connected with sleep disorders. Even with that said a lot of folks ignore sleeping problems and continue to exist without the proper rest. You can survive on less sleep and maybe even get used to it, but you are doing our mind and body a great disorder. One of the biggest and well known sleep disorder is sleep apnea, where the back of the throat is blocked which in turn stops your breathing and forces you to wake up several times each hour that you attempt to sleep.  The result of sleep apnea is more than just feeling tired in the morning.
  1. Sleep apnea leads to many health problems probably none greater than what it does to the heart.
  2. Obstructive sleep apnea also limits the amount of oxygen that flows through the body potentially causes such disorders as dementia.
  3. You wouldn’t think that sleep apnea would have any connection between low blood sugar and diabetes, but it does.
  4. Most folks feel grumpy when they don’t get enough sleep, imagine how you would feel if you didn’t ever get enough sleep, you would probably be depressed.
This is just a short list of the things that can happen when you let sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea, go unchecked. There are things that you can do to control sleep apnea such as using a CPAP machine, or a dental device and as a last resort possibly surgery.
If you feel that you may have sleep apnea talk to your doctor about setting up a sleep study.  The test will show whether you have sleep apnea or not.
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  1. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the treatment most often used to treat OSA. It is delivered through a mask worn over the nose or face. The air gently blows into the back of the throat. This keeps the airway open so you are able to keep breathing as you sleep. The amount of air pressure needed is different for each person. A CPAP study will show what level is right for you.

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  2. I am a 29 year old mother and wife and was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, My dad also has it he is not over weight and very healthy so I've been told it might be a hereditary thing and I might not ever get rid of it. I am pretty sure I have had it for a long time and possibly it has been one of the reasons why I have gained wait and cant seem to lose it. I stop breathing 18 times per hour and was falling asleep driving and having the worst time focusing and staying awake at work. I have been on the cpap machine for about 3 weeks now and still feel tired as ever, this is very frustrating and Im so glad to have found this blog because until now I have not even researched sleep apnea and the side affects and what to expect. It is impacting my job because sometimes I wont even wake up to my alarm because i'm so out of it that I dont even realize what time it is or even if I'm hitting snooze or not on my alarm and have been late to work several times. I am a very responsible person and have been at my job for a long time so showing up late to work is embarressing and annoying because if I could help it I would never be late. When if ever does the cpap machine start making you feel and sleep better? When I do wake up I wake up droggy and sore and even sometimes sweaty I have a doctor appt next week for my follow up visit but I wanted to try and find answers before then. If you could help me or tell me if this is normal I would appreciate it so much!

    Jaime W.

  3. Hi Jaime,
    You are not alone finding the cpap mask hard to get used to. Luckily there has been a lot of progress made with the masks over the past few years. Before giving up on using the cpap, see if you can get another mask or even a new machine.
    another thing to remember is you can always get another doctor's opinion about your sleep apnea.
    Don't give up on it yet, I know it is difficult but try to make it work.
    stay in touch