Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea is a broad term which basically means “breathing stoppage during sleep”. This term has been used loosely and every troubled sleep is now tagged as sleep apnea.
There are several causes for troubled sleep, one of them is associated with breathing. You can have sleep issues if you have a poor digestive system, constipation, mental or psychological issues and so on. Whatever the reason is, the cause has to be fixed for a permanent cure.
Why is good sleep so important?
The body recovers during sleep, it heals & it revive itself. Poor sleep has been attributed to weak immune system which causes increase illness, lack of energy, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, poor memory and so on.
Following are the Main causes of poor sleep
Causes of Sleep Apnea:
Sleep apnea can be caused by a person’s physical structure or medical conditions. These include obesity, large tonsils, endocrine disorders, neuromuscular disorders, heart or kidney failure, certain genetic syndromes, and premature birth.
· Obesity is a common cause of sleep apnea in adults. People with this condition have increased fat deposits in their necks that can block the upper airway.
· Large tonsils may contribute to sleep apnea, because they narrow the upper airway.
· Endocrine disorders
· Neuromuscular conditions
· Heart or kidney failure
· Genetic syndromes
· Premature birth
Effects of Sleep Apnea?
If sleep apnea left untreated than sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
i) High blood pressure
iii) Heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks
vi) Worsening of ADHD
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.