Busting the Myths About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has become a very common medical disorder, including in Canada where millions suffer from this sleep disorder. It is estimated that this number would continue to grow in the coming years as more people are getting on in years and obesity, a leading risk factor, also increasing in epidemic proportions. Even at this level of prevalence, there are still misconceptions about this serious disease. Here are some of the myths and the facts behind these misconceptions.
Sleep Apnea is Not Dangerous
A lot of people have dismissed sleep apnea as a sleeping problem which does not pose any dangers. This misconception is very far from the truth. Aside from having a huge negative impact on a person’s quality of life, sleep apnea has been acknowledged as a risk factor of serious diseases. Studies have shown that sleep apnea significantly increases the risk of stroke, heart diseases, joint disorders, and diabetes. Feeling sleepy during daytime may result to injuries in work or accidents while driving. A very recent study has even shown that sleep apnea increases the risk of depression that may even lead to suicides.
Sleep Apnea Only Affects Old People
While majority of those affected by sleep apnea are those considered as old, this disorder may also be experienced by people of all ages. It is not rare to hear of younger people suffering from sleep apnea. Those exposed to risk factors of apnea may get this disorder regardless of age. These may include those that are overweight; those that have large tonsils, large tongues, and small jaw bone; and those with nasal problems due to allergies or sinus problems.
Apnea is Simply Too Much Snoring
Sleep apnea is more than just snoring. In fact, snoring is just one of the symptoms of this disorder. People with apnea may actually stop breathing for over 400 times in one night. These breaks may last up to 30 seconds and are followed by a snort when breathing is resumed. People who snore may still have a good night sleep, unlike those with apnea who will have an unsatisfactory sleep that may result to feeling tired the following day.
Alcohol, Sleeping Pills Will Help in Sleeping
Although alcohol and sleeping pills will help in making one feel drowsy and even fall asleep, these do not help in providing a quality sleep and definitely does not help those suffering from sleep apnea. It is believed that alcohol may even make the condition worse since this will relax the muscles in the back of the throat, making it easier for the airways to be blocked.
Get Relief Properly
Should one desire to find relief from sleep apnea, experts have recommended the use of devices, especially the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. Numerous studies have already attested to the safety and effectiveness of this treatment option.
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Written and Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT
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