Sleep apnea, otherwise known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, is a common sleep disorder that people of all ages can experience, but it most notably occurs in people who are older or overweight. This is a problem that Comfort Sleep Solutions is all too familiar with. Over the years, science has found increasing evidence that sleep apnea, if left untreated, can have a huge impact on a person’s health and well-being.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of the narrowing or closing off of your airway, which impedes or altogether stops your breathing for short periods throughout the night. When your breathing is cut off, your body panics, and you grunt, gasp, and struggle to breathe again. When breathing does continue, it is usually accompanied by loud snoring and rattling sounds.
Sleep apnea symptoms are generally identified by the sufferer or the sufferer’s partner in the form of excessively loud snoring and panic during the night. While not all people who snore have sleep apnea, almost all people who have sleep apnea snore excessively. Symptoms of sleep apnea are something to be taken very seriously, as sleep apnea can lead to all kinds of health problems.
The most common sleep apnea symptoms that the sleep apnea sufferer may experience include:
The most common sleep apnea symptoms that others around you may experience include:
Sleep apnea symptoms in children are also extremely similar, but also different in some ways. Children with sleep apnea almost always snore, however, they may not indicate the same level of fatigue and lethargy throughout the day that adults experience. Sleep apnea symptoms to watch out for in children include:
Sleep apnea symptoms in children can also delay the development in cor pulmonale, the right side of the heart.
Sleep apnea has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure due to the increased stress it puts on the body, as well as the reduction of blood oxygen levels that inevitably come with obstructed breathing. Sleep apnea also increases the risk of excessively high blood sugar, because it increases inflammation-causing chemicals in the blood, which can further damage the heart and blood vessels.
Those who suffer from sleep apnea are also at a much higher risk of being diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes, which also increase the risk of heart disease, heart damage, and blood vessel damage. If left untreated, sleep apnea can also result in a stroke, which can lead to severe physical and mental disabilities, and even death. Sleep apnea can also delay the body’s ability to recover after experiencing a stroke. Not only that, but people who have experienced a stroke are at a much higher risk of developing sleep apnea.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, Comfort Sleep Solutions encourages you to seek help. Getting treatment for sleep apnea will not only mitigate damage in the future but will also help your body recover more quickly from the damage it has already sustained.
Remember, getting treatment sooner will help prevent long-term and possibly fatal damage later.