Getting a good night’s sleep is hard enough these days with all of the added stress and demands of our already packed schedules. What happens when you top it off with a disorder called sleep apnea? It’s like the perfect storm for imperfect sleep. We’re here to change how our friends and neighbors in the Tri-State area feel about sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Before we talk about what sleep apnea is exactly, let’s talk about what it isn’t. Sleep apnea is something you don’t want to ignore. It’s also not something that you just live with or cope with and hope that one day it simply goes away. That’s the problem with sleep apnea… so many people either don’t know that they have it or deny that they do.
Sleep apnea is more dangerous than what might appear on the surface. It means something is blocking your airway in the back of your throat, usually in the form of collapsed tissue. This causes sleep apnea’s biggest, most common symptom of loud, excessive snoring, something that more than 12 million Americans are affected by each night.
More Than Bad Sleep
Do you have a snorer in your house? Does your family laugh it off or just put in a pair of earplugs each night? Sleep apnea is more than just loud snoring. It can lead to dangerous daytime drowsiness that affects how we feel, think, work, interact with others, etc.
Sleep apnea also keeps your body from entering into its much-need REM cycle of sleep. This means your body has to work extra hard to repair and recharge your tissue. It’s also known to deprive your body of oxygen when you’re constantly snoring all night long (and you might not even know it). Snoring and unhealthy sleep combined can lead to some serious sleep apnea side effects, including:
- Migraines or severe headaches
- Chronic fatigue and tiredness
- Memory issues and difficulty concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Heart conditions
- Increased risk of cancer
- Bruxism and TMJ disorder