Are You At Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the person is unable to properly breathe while they sleep due to their nasal cavity or throat being reduced in size. There are multiple causes and treatments. Working with our team at All Smiles Sleep Solutions we can discuss increased risk factors, symptoms to look for, and treatment options.
If you meet some of the risk factors, or spot some of the symptoms of sleep apnea, it can be important to your health to do something about it. Obstructive sleep apnea most often occurs while a person sleeps. This is due to the laying down positioning of their body, combined with their muscles relaxing while sleeping.
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Are you at risk for obstructive sleep apnea? Risk factors include:
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A person with obstructive sleep apnea will have brief moments multiple times a night of not getting the oxygen their body needs. When the lack of oxygen occurs, the brain releases a stress hormone causing the person to wake just enough to take a large breath. For some, this release of stress hormones and waking the person, can occur hundreds of times in the night.
Sleep apnea can be dangerous for your health. There are both immediate and long term problems that can arise. Immediate problems are associated with decreased REM sleep. People may wake feeling unrested, foggy in their thinking, and irritable. Some patients even report waking with a migraine. Long term problems from the constant release of stress hormones and inadequate sleep can cause high blood pressure, increasing your risk of stroke and heart disease.
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If you think you may be at risk for sleep apnea, contact All Smiles Sleep Solutions at 813-723-4224 to schedule an appointment with us.