People who have sleep apnea have a poor quality
sleep because EEG
measurements show that they frequently skip the deepest periods on
non-REM sleep, which is where the most regeneration of the
mind occurs. These people often have many short periods of waking up
accompanied by extremely loud snoring in connection with the apneas,
although they are almost never aware of these awakenings. However, many
people also report having to wake up frequently to go to the bathroom,
sometimes as many as four times a night.
The cause of apneas is an occlusion
of the throat, which results
in no air reaching the lungs. This is typically referred to as
sleep apnea. When you sleep, the muscles in the body relax.
This is also true in the upper respiratory tract (nose, mouth and
throat), whereby the airways can be narrowed. This leads many to begin
to snore. Sometimes it also becomes difficult to breathe.
is Severe Sleep Apnea Characterized And Defined?
a person suffers from multiple apneas during sleep, the level of
oxygen in the blood begins to be depleted, and the brain reacts by
waking the person so that normal breathing can
Generally speaking, sleep
apnea falls into three
different categories: mild, moderate, and severe. In order
to diagnose the severity of the sleep apnea, it is almost always
necessary to undergo a sleep study, usually performed under the care of
specialists at a sleep
sleep specialists are able to diagnose and determine the level of sleep
apnea by using two
different measurements: the number of apneas that
occur, on average, in one hour, and the level of oxygen saturation in
the blood, which should be at or near one hundred percent in
individuals who do not suffer from apneas.
individual is considered
to have some form of sleep apnea if they suffer from more than five
apneas during any one hour period.
The mild form
of this disorder is characterized by between 5 and 15 apneas
in any one hour period, and a blood oxygen saturation
level between 90 and 99 percent.
This sleeping disorder is considered to be moderate if a person
and 30 apneas in a one hour period, and an oxygen level in
the blood between 80 and 90 percent.
Finally, severe sleep apnea is characterized by a person having more
than 30 apneas in a one hour period, although this number
up to as many as 120
apneas per hour in very extreme cases. Individuals
with severe sleep apnea also have an oxygen level in the blood that
80%, which can cause very serious health problems.
Since this condition can only be diagnosed by a doctor, it is necessary
to immediately visit with your physician if you think you may be
suffering from it. The main problem with this is
that sufferers almost never know they have it; instead it is
partner or bed
mate who first notices the problem.
Risks Associated with Severe Sleep Apnea
Almost all sleeping disorders come with an increased risk for a variety
of health problems, however none of these compare to the health risks
associated with extreme sleep apnea.
the short term, there can be
some general symptoms, such as dizziness
with sleep apnea. Some of the most dangerous long-term risks
are listed below.
and more studies show that there is a correlation between sleep
apnea and hypertension (especially in the morning). More than 35% of
people with this disorder have a blood pressure that exceeds the limits
of what is considered normal, and this number more than doubles when
looking at those with what is considered extreme sleep apnea.
sleeping disorder involves a great strain on both the heart and
its function. Untreated breathing pauses could eventually lead to
damage to blood vessels and other organs that control the
blood circulation in the body. High blood pressure, heart rhythm
disorders, heart failure and increased risk of heart attacks and blood
clots in the brain are some examples.
in the brain
sleep apnea can increase
the risk of stroke significantly. In
fact, it is believed that more than 60% of all those who have a stroke,
also has some form of apneas. So the chances are quite good that if you
have had a stroke, then you also suffer from this sleeping disorder as
who do not sleep well also have a much
harder time tolerating
stress and run a higher risk of accidents. This is
especially true for
those with frequent or long lasting apneas, and is a major cause of
many car accidents, especially during long-term repetitive driving.
Other than that, a clear link has been established between sleep
apnea and depression, and even sleep
apnea and diabetes.
studies have demonstrated a correlation
between extreme sleep apnea and an increased risk of death. In fact, a
recent study showed that for men between the ages of 30 and 70 that
suffer from this condition, they will be at least 1.5 times more likely
to die prematurely than those men without this sleeping disorder.
Other studies have begun to show a very large correlation between
cancer and this severe sleeping disorder. While the majority of studies
have found a much larger correlation in men, there is still distinct
evidence to show that anyone who suffers from this condition is at a
much larger risk for developing almost all types of cancer.
Due to all of these risks, it is imperative
that you see your doctor as soon as possible, to
attempt to at least get your sleeping disorder under control so you can
lower your risks of all of these dangerous ailments and health problems.
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