Snoring is a big inconvenience to anyone who has to listen to it night after night. But did you know that snoring could actually be trying to tell you something? If you or a loved one snores a lot, you might have a condition known as sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious and common sleep disorder where you have brief, repeated interruptions in your breathing while you're sleeping. You may not even be aware of these brief breathing pauses that could be occurring hundreds of times during the night, arousing you out of your natural sleep rhythm. You just know you aren't as energetic, productive and mentally sharp during the day as you should be.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may want to be aware of another condition — sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where you experience pauses in your breathing during the night when you're sleeping, potentially for a minute or more. Family Medicine published a study in 2013 that showed individuals with type 2 diabetes have an almost 50-50 chance of also having a sleep breathing disorder.
This can be a problem because sleep apnea can make symptoms of diabetes worse and it may even cause diabetes.
There's an abundance of studies that suggest sleep apnea and high blood pressure are connected and dangerous together. Around 25 million individuals in the U.S. have sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your breathing is interrupted briefly and repeatedly while you sleep. It's been found to increase your risk for high blood pressure.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that can be potentially serious. It's characterized by repetitive nocturnal breathing cessation episodes because of upper airway collapse. It's linked with a significant cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Fortunately, there are numerous treatment options available for efficient management of OSA.
While the typical obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patient is pictured as a heavyset male with a bulky neck, who is over the age of 40 and has a snore that could raise the roof, there are other sleep apnea causes. Therefore, sleep apnea and obesity do not represent the entire demographic of individuals who suffer with this sleeping disorder, people with sleep apnea all shapes and sizes.