SLEEP APNEA AND SLOW DEATH, THE CLOSE RELATIVES?
Look around and you’ll see people working hard to avoid diabetes. The awareness campaigns for AIDS are in leg phase all over the world, morning walk and exercise to fight against obesity and blood pressure and what not. The reason behind this unwilling yet extreme sweating is simple, the fear of slow death by mentioned diseases. It’s obvious, nobody wants to die slow painful death so the whole universe is making effort to protect themselves, whatever it takes.
But those awareness campaigns have failed to introduced world with one very common yet highly neglected life-threatening disorder, the Sleep Apnea.
KNOW SLEEP APNEA…
It is a breathing disorder during sleep. In sleep apnea, airways get chocked and breathing becomes shallow, the breath cycle become disturb with very higher and lower curves. This life-threatening disorder, can choke your air for some seconds, sometimes minutes and sometime for even longer. The pauses in the breath cycle results in jolting during sleep that eventually magnetise various sleep disorders, breathing problems, snoring, stress, etc.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
How to know, are we suffering from Sleep Apnea or not?
- Choking and jolting during deep sleep
- Headaches and irritation in throat after waking up
- Mood swings, irritation and stress
- Too much sweating while sleeping
- Lack in focus, concentration and memory related problems
- Development of nocturia nature
- Long pause in breathing
- Hypersomnia or excessive daytime sleeping
TREATING SLEEP APNEA BY IDENTIFYING ITS TYPE:
There are three types of this depending upon the working of tissues and muscles:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of Sleep Apnea disorder. It’s the stage where the soft muscles that found on the back of the throat do not respond actively. It narrow downs our airways and result in reduction of oxygen level while sleeping.
It is much less common than obstructive sleep apnea. It called central sleep apnea because it involves the functioning of central nervous system. When nervous system become non respondence, the brain becomes unable to send signals for body muscles to regulate and sense the need of oxygen need by the body. This type doesn’t include the symptom of snoring.
MIXED OR COMPLEX
Mixed, as the name suggests, consists symptoms of both Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea. The occasional chronic jolting and sometimes chronic snoring, together are the indication of mixed or complex Sleep Apnea.
To cure it, one must have to word hard on personal level, like-
- Losing weight
- Healthy diet
- Limited consumption of caffeine
- Ideal sleep cycle
- Hot water or other natural remedies before sleeping
- Snoring remedies
Consulting your doctor regularly and using a CPAP device will relief the OSA easily, it involves throat cleaning and prevent it from closing. If the situation has become critical then one should remove excessive throat tissues through surgery, but it should perform in very serious cases only.
By- Shivani Tyagi