Have you heard of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that constantly interrupts your sleep. Often, people wake up nearly breathless because such interruptions disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms, thus preventing you from getting enough sleep.

Many people think this disorder is very rare. However, the American Sleep Apnea Association claims that sleep disorders affect more than 18 million Americans. To further this serious problem, the actual numbers are hard to detect because sleep apnea is often undetected. This sleeping disorder affects both adults and children. Not getting the sleep you need has been a hot topic in the news lately. There are many complications with sleep disorders and you should know that all of them are destructive to your health. As much as we like to think we can get by on less and less sleep, this condition, or any sleep disorder, is highly detrimental to our overall health. Chronic tiredness is just the tip of the iceberg. When you often feel tired, you might be suffering from some form of sleep disorder, and if left untreated, it may diminish your quality life.

How might you know if you’re suffering from a sleep disorder?

The clearest sign is snoring. People with sleep apnea snore loudly and often. The loud snoring is caused by the muscles in their throat as they relax and then block their airways.

I’m just a heavy snorer!

If your snoring constantly wakens you, then you’ll obviously not get a smooth, uninterrupted sleep. Such a night leaves you feeling groggy all day. Left like this overtime, your condition will affect your performance at work or school, or your emotional and intellectual states, and it can even diminish your personal relationships with your partner and/or children.

Sleep apnea can also cause many serious health problems, including high blood pressure, depression, headaches, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, stroke memory loss, and even impotence.

So is there any good news here?

Yes. Sleep apnea treatment exists. You can regain deep sleep again and feel better. As you might imagine, a good night’s sleep is integral to your overall well-being.

Consultation and Treatment

If these symptoms above sound like you, getting your sleep apnea under control is easier than you might think. You should talk to a doctor if you think you or your partner is suffering from sleep apnea. Each case is unique, but it’s worth taking the time to build a comprehensive approach to your case.