Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can make you feel miserable all the time. And that misery shows on your face and in your behaviour. Because sleep apnea causes significant stress to your heart, it also makes you more likely to be a victim of high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure or irregular heartbeats. So you don’t need sleep apnea treatment just because you don’t get to sleep well and often feel terrible all day, you also need the treatment to protect your heart health. Thankfully, we have a range of sleep apnea treatments that are highly effective and affordable.
What Increases Your Chances For Sleep Apnea?
Experts have different opinions on the underlying cause of sleep apnea; however, sleep apnea occurs when your airway gets narrowed due to tissue/muscle obstruction.
Women are at higher risk post-menopause due to hormonal changes. Your chances of sleep apnea also increase if you’ve a family history of sleep apnea, or if you’re obese or diabetic, or if you’re a male, Dr. Himanshu Garg says. People who snore are also more likely to have sleep apnea; however, in India, the majority believes that snoring is a sign of a sound sleep, and this myth ensures that most of sleep apnea cases remain unidentified. He further adds.
Watch Out For These Signs And Symptoms:
Snoring is a prominent symptom of sleep apnea so if you or your partner snores, and feel not rested after a night’s sleep, you better see a sleep specialist.
Other signs & symptoms that you can look out for include feeling groggy when you wake up in the morning, daytime sleepiness and feeling that you’ve not gotten enough sleep in the night, headaches, mood swings, as well as tendency to fall asleep at the wheel or fall asleep in meetings.
Even if you have a slight doubt of sleep apnea, go and meet your doctor and ask whether you might be a candidate for a sleep study which is a test to measure the quality of your sleep.
Questions You May Like To Ask Your Doctor:
You will get a limited time with your doctor. So it is better that you go prepared for the appointment. Make a list of the questions that you’d like to ask your doctor such as, Do my symptoms indicate sleep apnea? – if you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can ask questions like, How severe is my sleep apnea and what all treatment options do I have?
A sleep disorder severely affects the way you interact with people around, at work and home, and also makes you more prone to have a lot other health complications which we’ve talked about earlier in this post. Therefore, having sleep apnea treated is crucial. You better not delay it.
What Can You Do About It?
- Sleep in the right position. Sleep on your side rather than your back.
- See your doctor immediately so the sleep disorder can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible
- Prevention is better than cure and you can reduce the likelihood of this sleep disorder by maintaining a healthy weight and quitting or limiting intake of alcohol and smoking
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