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3 Crucial Warning Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
June 12, 2013
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In Today's Chat1. Today's quote: Be awake!
2. 3 Crucial Warning Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
3. What is sleep apnea
4. What are the causes of sleep apnea
5. Where to buy sleep apnea supplies
6. Coming up: Why sleep apnea can be fatal
Today's Quote“It is not half as important to burn the midnight oil as it is to be awake in the daytime.”
—E. W. Elmore
3 Crucial Warning Symptoms of Sleep ApneaThis email might save your life...or the life of someone you know.
Strong statement, but consider this.
According to biologist, sleep researcher, and Stanford University professor H. Craig Heller, there is one illness that is perhaps the largest chronic illness in the United States.
And you would think that this health condition...which is responsible for the death of well over 50,000 Americans every year...would be better screened and recognized by doctors.
Unfortunately, that is not the case.
For some strange reason, this sleep disorder, sleep apnea, is still greatly under diagnosed by medical personnel in health clinics around the country.
People are suffering because of this dreadful medical oversight. No one knows how many people have sleep apnea. Estimates are somewhere around 20 to 30 million people just in the United States.
Millions of these people don't even know they have sleep apnea. They end up dragging through life and wondering why they feel so lousy every day.
Here's what you need to know so you'll recognize this condition, either in yourself or a loved one.
What is sleep apnea?It's when there is little to no air getting in and out of the lungs while a person is sleeping.
What are the causes of sleep apnea?There are two basic types of sleep apnea and the causes are different for both.
First, in central sleep apnea, during sleep, the drive to breathe simply quits. The brain is not sending messages to the muscles that control breathing and they cease to function.
I'm not going to bore you with the details on this type of sleep apnea. That's because central sleep apnea is a rare medical condition.
However, if you have a baby, you may be interested to know that central sleep apnea could be involved in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
My focus today is on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
This is the one that is most likely to affect you or someone you know if you have the following sleep apnea symptoms.
This sleep apnea cause is due to obstruction at the back of the throat. The blockage of air to the lungs is due to the collapse of soft tissues in the throat, mouth, and nasal cavities when a person lies down at night to sleep.
Being overweight or obese is one of the causes of sleep apnea because excess weight makes these soft tissues fatter.
The shape of a person's face is also a cause of sleep apnea. People with small lower jaws or chins that slope backwards have a greater tendency to develop obstructive sleep apnea.
The three major symptoms of sleep apneaI cannot stress enough the importance of you recognizing the following symptoms of sleep apnea. These three are the biggest signs of sleep apnea.
1. Loud snoring. People with sleep apnea usually snore so loud the house shakes. Note, however, that just because someone snores does not mean they have sleep apnea. And for sleep apnea, the snoring does not have to happen every night either, although it does occur most nights.
2. Breathing stops. A big clue that your bed partner may have OSA is when their snoring stops...and at the same time, so does their breathing. It's hard to imagine, but breathing can stop for several minutes.
Then, as the brain becomes aware that oxygen levels in the blood are dangerously low, it will send a shot of adrenaline into the muscles that control breathing.
This in turn will cause an awakening and make the person with sleep apnea gasp for breath.
They snort. They grunt. They choke. They may thrash around as they struggle to grab a breath of air. It's almost like they are drowning in their own bed.
These episodes of no breathing can happen dozens of times every hour and hundreds of times throughout the night.
3. Extreme daytime sleepiness. If you, or your partner, have the previous two symptoms of sleep apnea...and are usually dead tired every single day...there is a high probability of obstructive sleep apnea.
Where to buy sleep apnea suppliesIf you suspect you might have sleep apnea...or if you are already using cpap for sleep apnea...you're going to need sleep apnea equipment.
So file this information away for future use.
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If you don’t have insurance, this is the best way to purchase your cpap supplies. If you do have insurance, but your deductible is too high, then this is the recommended way to go to keep your costs low.
Why sleep apnea can be fatalNow that you know these three major symptoms of sleep apnea, it's important you also know the side effects of sleep apnea. They are deadly.
That's what I'm going to show you in the next email.
And to paraphrase today's quote: Perhaps if you need treatment and get it, you'll be able to stop feeling like you're burning the midnight oil...and will finally be fully awake in the daytime.
Life is a journey. Keep exploring.
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