Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea are related night time noise may be just an annoyance, however, it may indicate a serious problem. If you suffer from sleep apnea, the muscles of the soft palate, tongue and uvula relax, sag and obstruct the airway! As the airway wall collapses, breathing stops periodically and sleep is temporarily interrupted. A listener may hear a deep gasp as breathing begins again and the sleeper may awaken, but so briefly that he/she may not remember doing so. Those who suffer from apnea may stop breathing for ten seconds or longer, hundreds of times each night. The heart sometimes beats irregularly and may pause for several seconds. Each time breathing stops, oxygen in the blood stream decreases and the heart must work harder causing blood pressure to rise. The lack of restful sleep and fresh air will strain your lungs, heart, and other organs, leading to problems such as morning headaches, poor decision making, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart attack and/or stroke!

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

  1. Ninety percent (90%) of those who snore exhibit apnic tendencies.
  2. Twenty-four percent (24%) of the males and eighteen percent (18%) of the females under age sixty snore.
  3. Sixty percent (60%) of the males and forty percent of the females over the age of sixty snore.
  4. Noise from snoring may reach ninety (90) decibels! (Eighty-five decibels is considered hazardous).
  5. Fifty percent (50%) of people with sleep apnea experience hypertension.
  6. Sleep apnea can over time cause memory loss and poor decision making.


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