We all know just how debilitating and exhausting it can be to function on a day when you have had little-to-no-sleep. Imagine this happening on a daily basis? If this has been a regular occurrence for you, then chances are you have some sort of sleep disorder. There are a few such as insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Narcolepsy and more. Here though, we will be looking at sleep apnoea. What is it? How does it affect your sleep? Are there treatment options and most importantly can they be effective? It is critical that you seek the help you need in order to be healthy both mentally and physically. After all, sleep is the time your body requires to recuperate and without it, you are just a zombie lumbering around.
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What Is It?
Sleep apnoea is directly related to breathing issues while you sleep. Whilst snoring is also related to the same, it is far less severe. Having said that, snorers are often slated to be victims of sleep apnoea down the line. The scary thing about it is that it often goes undiagnosed so people do not usually know they have it; especially if you live alone. Sleep apnoea occurs when your airway is blocked in some way, causing you to wake up several times during the night to catch your breath. Needless to say, it is a thankless job and can have many other repercussions as a result.
Can It Be Treated?
Yes, it can. Of course, it took many years of research and testing several treatment methods before some of them were approved as safe to use, but they are well and truly in place now. The use of devices such as CPAP, EPAP and in extreme cases surgery, are often advised by sleep therapists. Other non-invasive options such as Provent are also available. However, what suits you is dependent on your individual circumstances. Just because on type worked for someone, does not mean that that is right for you. Consult a professional for an accurate diagnosis.
Why Is It Dangerous?
Since people are often late to figure out that what they are going through is, in fact, a sleep disorder, they often forget about the fact that continuous lack of sleep is downright dangerous. In fact, it opens up the pathway to heart disease and fatal heart-attacks, even stroke. It can worsen diabetes for those who already suffer with it, not to mention spike mental issues such as depression and anxiety. Since a majority of the population is walking around with a host of existing medical issues, something can be triggered suddenly due to lack of sleep.
What Should I Do?
Whilst you could turn to Google for options and even try out home remedies, it is best to get yourself to a doctor first. If your doctor cannot help you, he/she will refer you to a sleep therapist who will place you under observation first to find out what is wrong. Once they have obtained all the information they need, they will be able to break it down for you. This, in turn, helps your sleep therapist figure out what needs to be done to help relieve you of your problem. Bottom line, get professional help.