Let's test something right now. Then you'll be clear on the question What Is Sleep Apnea?
Ready for the test? Good. Let's take a breath and hold it for 10 seconds. Okay, exhale. Not too bad, was it?
Now let's take another breath and see if we can hold for 30 seconds. Not as easy, was it.
Not just once, but over and over and over again, several times every hour. Not breathing for 10 seconds...20 seconds...30 seconds...up to a full minute and longer.
What's the result? In sleep apnea, oxygen level falls below normal because there's no air—or reduced air—in the lungs. And high blood pressure is common.
So that in a nutshell is the answer to What Is Sleep Apnea. The person doesn't breathe. Or the breathing is shallow. So their brain shouts, "Hey you! Wake up and take a breath!"
That's why one of the symptoms sleep apnea may exhibit in a person is they gasp for air. Almost like they're choking. The person may flail around in bed as they struggle to wake up from a deep sleep and breathe.
Hour after hour. No breathing. Then waking up to snorts, and gasps, and grunts to grab a breath.
Some people with sleep apnea symptoms may stop breathing an astounding 30 times or more per hour. In addition, people may wake up 100 times or more per night.
Can you see why those people who have these sleep disorders are always tired? And because of that...
The constant cycle of not breathing and then waking up can completely ruin a person's health...and even career, job, and financial wellbeing.
Because of excessive daytime sleepiness, they have no energy during the day. They can't concentrate.
They're also a hazard on the roads because of a greater risk for car crashes. Truckers fall asleep (a 2001 study on a group of truckers showed that 87% had signs of sleep apnea). People going to work cause accidents when they fall asleep at the wheel.
Even engineers of locomotives on trains have nodded off. (See my article below on this called Sleep Apnea Cause of Massive Train Wreck.)
First, other names for sleep apnea are sleep-disordered breathing and cheyne-stokes breathing.
Second, when searching the internet for information about what is
sleep apnea, watch your spelling. Thousands of people think it's sleep
apnia or sleepapnea. However, it's sleep apnea (American spelling) or
sleep apnoea (British spelling).
Here are two solutions you might give a try.
For an all-natural EASY solution for your snoring, how about trying an anti snore pillow?
This pillow, called The Snore-No-More, is designed to reduce airway obstruction, and improves your sleeping posture. For back sleepers: the pillow helps elevate the chin off the chest — keeping the airway open so that there is less likelihood of snoring. For side sleepers: the curved foam roll under your neck keeps the jaw forward, which in turn opens up the airway path.
The anti snore pillow positions the head and neck in a sleeping posture that reduces the blockage of breathing passages. As a result, breathing becomes much easier and even silent.
Composed of 100% hypo-allergenic premium pillow memory foam (from a space age cushioning material developed for NASA), the pillow gently molds and conforms to your every move for correct sleep posture.
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The second snoring relief solution you may want to try is the Good Morning Snore Solution from MPowRx Health and Wellness Products Inc.
This is a unique, clinically proven stop snoring mouthpiece. And it's an effective alternative to those bulky mouthguards you may have seen or tried in the past.
This little device has even be cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Health Canada has cleared the device for treatment of both snoring and sleep apnea.
The Canadian Better Business Bureau rates this company an A. That's also the grade I give their anti snoring mouthpiece.
Don't let snoring ruin another one of your night's sleep. Click the image below right now to see the Good Morning Snore Solution.
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