Sleep Apnea … The Not So Silent Killer
It is estimated that about 24 million people in the United States suffer with sleep apnea and many of them never know it until a serious health issue arises and it is discovered that sleep apnea is the cause. Many times this deadly condition is overlooked because it cannot be detected with x-rays, blood test and most other medical testing. As a result, it goes undiagnosed.
Sleep apnea prevents you from getting the restorative nights sleep your body needs in order to heal, repair and function properly. You have a loss of energy, focus, mental sharpness, productivity and overall sense of well being. It causes you to struggle with daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes and poor concentration. All of this is caused by the fact your body is not getting enough rest.
Studies have shown that not getting the right amount of sleep can adversely effect the body and trigger a variety of health and wellness issues. Sleep apnea is known to contribute to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. However, if you get treatment, you can control these issues and get your life and rest back.
The 3 Types Of Sleep Apnea You Need To Know About
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea – this is the most common type of sleep apnea and occurs when the soft tissue in the back of throat relaxes and falls into the airway blocking the flow of air.
- Central Sleep Apnea – This type of sleep apnea is much less common and not widely known. It involves the central nervous system instead of an airway obstruction. It occurs when the brain fails to notify the muscles that control your breathing. People with this type of sleep apnea rarely ever snore.
- Complex Sleep Apnea – This is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.
All 3 of these types of sleep apnea, if left untreated, can hinder the quality of your life.
If you think that you might have sleep apnea, then the first thing you need to do is get tested if you have not already. Once you get a proper diagnosis, then we can help you get the treatment you need and get your rest back.