Sleeping without sleeping, how sleep apnea is affecting your health

Sleep apnea is a silent killer but only to the sufferer. For their loved ones, it is a loud and often frustrating disorder to deal with as those suffering from sleep apnea often snore loudly and make various choking noises in their sleep which could be intolerable to their spouses and it might disrupt their sleep as well. This is a dangerous sleeping disorder and those who are affected by it should learn how to treat sleep apnea before it claims their lives. 

There are three main kinds of sleep apnea

The first kind, obstructive sleep apnea, is the most common. Symptoms include fatigue, loud snoring, disrupted breathing patterns, sore throat or dry mouth and even decreased libido. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night gasping or choking, it is a sign you should see a doctor as the long term effects are devastating to one’s health. 

Central sleep apnea, is another common form of sleep apnea that occurs when your brain does not send the appropriate signals to your body, signalling that you are in rest mode and stops telling your body to breathe. What this does is affect your breathing patterns, disrupt your sleep and you might find yourself prone to insomnia, hypersomnia, chest pain, bad stamina during exercise and difficulty concentrating on the task at hand. 

Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a combination of the two and is the most deadly as our bodies need sleep and when it goes for long periods of time without rest, it begins to break down, both physically and mentally. 

The long term effects of sleep apnea

If untreated, sleep apnea can develop all kinds of health disorders such as “high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments”, according to American Sleep Apnea Association. It could also affect one’s ability to have children and decrease fertility rates. 

Usually, those who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes will oftentimes suffer from sleep apnea and over 18 million Americans suffer from the disorder, according to the National Sleep Foundation. 

Home remedies for sleep apnea

Now that you are able to identify what kind of sleep apnea you might be suffering from, you should begin tackling it with whatever you can. The first step is to maintain a healthy weight. Sleep apnea sufferers are often overweight which is both caused by the disorder and can exacerbate the disorder. Exercise, especially yoga, is beneficial to those suffering from sleep apnea as it can improve one’s respiratory system, along with relaxing your body so that your quality of sleep may improve as well. One last thing you should do for yourself is to quit smoking and drinking as these two culprits may worsen your sleep apnea. Alcohol overly relaxes your body which will lead to an interrupted sleep cycle and could also lead to inflammation. Similarly, tobacco can contribute to inflammation as well.