For some people, getting a full night’s rest is more than suffering from poor bedsprings. 18 Million people have some form of sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder that causes intermittent breathing during a person’s sleep cycle. Snoring and waking still tired are common symptoms. If breathing stops for more than 10 seconds, one most likely has a form of this disorder. There are three forms, with Obstructive being the most common. Although there are two other kinds of this disorder, Central, which occurs when the brain isn’t properly sending signals, and Complex syndrome, which is both of two forms. This is the form also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea. This condition is very serious, and you should see a doctor as soon as you notice and feel any of the symptoms.

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Snoring is irritating, at best. It is a problem for your partner and your health. Aside from a poor night’s sleep, without seeking treatments for sleep apnea, you can develop heart problems, have hypertension, mood and memory issues, and put yourself and others at risk due to drowsy driving.

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Men and women, young and old, anyone can suffer from this condition. Demographics, race, sex, and age all play a role in your risk for developing a sleeping disorder. This disorder is more common among men and menopausal women. Risk increases with age and appears to be more prevalent among this group after age 40, and the potential increases dramatically after age 65. African American and Hispanic males are at increased risk for this developing this disorder. The most common risk factor appears to be weight. The more fat a person carries around their core, the more likely to suffer from this. Head shape does play a factor in your risk. Men with larger necks may be at more risk; people with large tongues tonsils, an overbite, or a small jaw all have increased risk. Genetics and lifestyle most certainly increase risk. While it appears that one cannot do much to decrease genetic risk, one can limit and control their lifestyle risk. Overweight people are more susceptible, as are people who overindulge in drinking and take sedatives.

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As soon as one notices symptoms, seek treatments for sleep apnea. A person can treat this condition by making simple changes like losing weight. Some of the men need to stop doing so many neck exercises. Another tactic one can make is to ask their partner. It will benefit both to seek treatments for sleep apnea. To treat this condition do not use drugs or alcohol. A medical professional may recommend surgery, of which there are several options. CPAP is the most common way to treat this condition. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) users wear a mask while sleeping that delivers a consistent flow of air through the nose. This keeps airways open so that breathing is regular. Do this and wake like a lion.

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