Sleeping Disorder: Sleep Apnea

Posted on Thursday Jul 5, 2012

Sleep apnea is a very serious sleeping disorder that many people suffer from. According to the World Health Organization approximately 100 million people worldwide have sleep apnea. In the United States, sleep apnea is estimated to affect 1 in 4 men and 1 in 9 women; and affects 23 million working adults. Approximately 4% of men and 2% of women over the age of 35 years have symptomatic that are moderate or severe. 

Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing many times during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night. This means the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen. Snoring is one of the key signs that show a person may have sleep apnea.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  2. Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.

Sleep apnea does not care how old you are. It affects anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include: Being a male, being overweight, being over the age of 35, having a large neck, your parents or grandparents having sleep apnea, having a large tongue or a small jaw bone. Also a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems also are heavy factors in determining sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea can cause when not treated, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, heart attack and worsening of ADHD. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school. This is because the body does not get the sound sleep that it needs to feel healthy and rested in the morning. Everyone knows that sleep is good for you however when you don’t get it you truly understand.

Do you or a member of your family have sleep apnea ? How do you deal with it? How did you find out you were suffering from this sleeping disorder.  Share with us on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for helping the Mattress Review Guru The best mattress reviews of all the top brands.

Back to all articles »

MATTRESS BRAND REVIEWS

Comfortaire
Tempurpedic
Select Comfort
Stearns and Foster
Sealy
Serta
Simmons
Restonic
Englander
IKEA
Aireloom
Spring Air

MATTRESS MATERIAL REVIEWS

Memory Foam
Latex
Gel
Innerspring
Air System
Feathers
Water Bed
Polyurethane

WEBSITE INFORMATION

About
Guide
Articles
Contact
Privacy Policy
Advertising
Resources
Sitemap

SOCIAL

© 2012 Mattress Review Guru. All Rights Reserved.