Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Learn The Facts About Sleep Apnea

Do you get enough sleep but feeling still tired? Do you snore loud? If so, then you may have sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common type and this is caused by collapsing of the soft tissue at the back of the throat during sleep and stops the air flow into the lungs. Breathing can stop for more than 10 seconds at a time while you sleep. Then, when you start breathing again, you may have a loud choking sound.
Most overweight people or have high blood pressure have sleep apnea.
Treatment and management is important. If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems such as higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
Your doctor may also prescribe something to help keep your airways open while you sleep.

Sleeping Tips:
  • Avoid alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness because they make your throat muscles relax.
  • Try to lose at least 10% of your body weight if you're heavy. It helps.
  • Sleep sideways instead of on your back. This will keep your tongue from relaxing into the back of your throat.