A Guide to Sleep Apnea and How It Can Impact Your Health 

Does your partner’s snoring keep you up at night? Some harmless reasons people might snore include allergies or a cold. These reasons are not likely to disturb your sleep. Snoring can also be a symptom of sleep apnea. However, just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea. It’s essential to understand the importance of snoring that bothers people and snoring when it’s related to sleep apnea.

How to detect if you have sleep apnea:

  • Snoring at night
  • Breathing pauses for more than 10 seconds while asleep
  • Shallow breaths
  • Gasping
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings

It could also be a sign of sleep apnea if you feel drowsiness during the day, even after sufficient sleep. You might not be able to recognise these symptoms, so make sure you ask a partner or your loved ones to keep an eye on you while you sleep.

Effects of sleep apnea on your health

When you can’t breathe properly while you are asleep, chances are that you will either have a light sleep or you will ultimately wake up. Both these qualities decrease the quality of your sleep. Disrupted sleep can cause you to feel drowsy the following day.

Poor sleep can also result in weight gain, diabetes, depression, aging and memory loss. Sleep apnea puts you at risk of having these problems come to the forefront of your health. The more severe symptom of sleep apnea is the decreased oxygen levels from breathing pauses. These pauses can cause inflammation that can build up in your blood vessels causing heart attacks, diabetes and many other health complications.

How can one be treated for sleep apnea?

The good news is that sleep apnea can be treated. Treatments vary from lifestyle changes to wearing a sleep apnea monitoring device when you sleep.

Treatment options include:

  • By making healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help provide you with air while you sleep.
  • Muscle therapy for the mouth and facial muscles helps you improve your tongue position and strengthen these muscles.
  • Usage of mandibular advancement devices.
  • Surgical intervention to remove the obstruction.

We highly recommend taking your doctor’s advice.

Conclusion

How can Sleepiz help?

The first step to finding a sleep apnea treatmentis to check if you have sleep apnea. Sleepiz leverages the power of sleep insights with a device placed next to your bed. It operates in a non-contact fashion and measures movements originating from heart contractions and breathing patterns with medical-grade accuracy. You can also get:

  • Sleep data analysis for the detection of Sleep Apnea
  • An insightful report with an expert evaluation
  • Get extensive sleep coaching by Sleepiz experts.

What are you waiting for? Get yourself tested today.

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