Sleeping Apnea : An Important Wake-up Call

  • Sleeping Apnea : An Important Wake-up Call

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • Posted By : Healthcare@Home

    Maybe your bedmate has noticed that you snore loudly and stop breathing for seconds or even minutes at a time, and then start again with a loud snort or gasp. Or perhaps you’re inexplicably tired during the day despite getting a solid seven or eight hours of sleep. If this sounds like you, you may have sleep apnea.

    What Is Sleep Apnea?

    People with sleep apnea stop breathing or have periods of very shallow breathing while sleeping, usually multiple times a night. It’s no wonder they wake up exhausted.

    The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone.

    Central sleep apnea is less common. It occurs if the area of the brain that controls breathing fails to send the right signals to the breathing muscles. Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it. Other signs and symptoms include morning headaches, dry mouth, or a sore throat; difficulty concentrating; irritability or depression; and waking up often to urinate. If your doctor suspects sleep apnea, he or she may refer you to a sleep specialist. That expert may prescribe a sleep study, either at home using portable monitors or in a sleep lab, to help make the diagnosis.

    How Diabetes And Sleep Apnea Are Connected

    People with type 2 diabetes are at much higher than average risk for sleep apnea—and in a vicious cycle, having untreated sleep apnea can raise blood glucose levels. On the positive side, if you have type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea, treating your sleep apnea may help you manage your blood sugar levels and could even improve your insulin sensitivity, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. What’s the link between sleep apnea and blood sugar? There are probably several.

    Obesity is one common cause of both obstructive sleep apnea and diabetes. The other possible links are complicated. Research suggests that the lack of oxygen to the tissues that occurs when breathing stops may be part of it. This oxygen deprivation may alter glucose metabolism, cause oxidative stress (in which cells are harmed or die), and over-activate the sympathetic nervous system, the part that’s in charge of the “fight or flight” response. It’s known that oxidative stress and sympathetic nervous system over-activation may increase the risk of diabetes.

    Sleep Apnea Treatment If you have type 2 diabetes and you’re obese, there’s a chance that losing weight will significantly improve your sleep apnea or even put it in remission. Avoiding alcohol, stopping smoking, and losing weight can help with sleep apnea in some people. If your sleep apnea is mild, a mouthpiece that adjusts the lower jaw and tongue to help keep the airway open at night may be one treatment option. A dentist or orthodontist can make a custom one for you. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. A CPAP machine involves a mask you wear on your face and uses mild air pressure to keep your airway open while you sleep. It can take a while to adjust to using a CPAP, and some people find them unwieldy and uncomfortable. Tell your doctor if you’re not happy with the type you’re using. He or she may suggest switching to a different type.

    There are many types of CPAP machines and masks. As an incentive, note that using a CPAP machine has been shown to improve A1C levels in people with type 2 diabetes as well as obstructive sleep apnea over time. Some people who have sleep apnea may benefit from surgery to widen their breathing passages. The kind of surgery used and how well it works depend on the cause of the sleep apnea. Surgery usually involves shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat or resetting the lower jaw. Bottom line: Sleep apnea is a serious condition, but very treatable. So don’t just stick ear plugs in and ignore the buzz saw going on at night. Get it checked out. 

    SOURCES National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “What Is Sleep Apnea” Accessed 3/28/17.https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea

22 Comments

  • Aditya Basudev Jul 19, 2019 at 01:52 pm

    Thank you HAH for this valuable article about health. This sleeping Apnea is a serious problem for almost all today. I am very glad that you post this article which is very helpful for me to overcome to my problem. I am also get knowledge about so many things which i don't know. Its bring a positive influence in my life which i can spread to my near & dear. Again Thank you HAH for your tremendous work & also i am waiting for your next article regarding health issues.

  • CHINMAYEE PALATASINGH Jul 17, 2019 at 02:09 pm

    My mother has sleeping apnea problem but i had no idea about this.when i read this article i come to know about this, how it is connected with Diabetes and how to treat sleeping apnea. seriously i would like to thank HAH for this valuable article which made me aware about this type of potentially dangerous diseases.

  • Kirtee kumari padhiary Jul 17, 2019 at 02:09 pm

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  • MONALISA PATTANAIK Jul 17, 2019 at 02:09 pm

    Thank you so much HAH for informing the sleeping apnea through this article .After reading this article i am able to know about sleeping apnea

  • NISHIKANTA BARICK Jul 17, 2019 at 02:11 pm

    Thank you HAH for this vaulable artcile.I am not aware about SLEEPING APNEA ,after I read this article i get some idea about SLEEPING APNEA and i am also able to understanding who facing this type of disease and i am suggest to every one read this article.

  • PRADEEP KUMAR SETHI Jul 17, 2019 at 02:09 pm

    I did not have any idea about sleeping apnea, after i read this article, i have lil bit idea about sleeping apnea and i am also able to understand the patient who suffer this kind of disease. Thank you very much HAH for shareing a valuable article.

  • Aswin kumar Mohanty Jul 17, 2019 at 02:10 pm

    First i want to say thanks to HAH BLOG for this great article. It gives a great knowledge to me about SLEEP APNEA . Though i am a patient of SLEEP APNEA but i don't know abut this ,after reading this article it should be very helpful in my diagnosis. I am also a patient of broncheal asthma ,so i think that that's why i face all this symptoms in humid condition , but after reading this article i know about my another disease .I should very greatfull to HAH BLOG. Waiting for next article.

  • Debashish Dalai Jul 17, 2019 at 02:11 pm

    Seriously ,I was unknown about this.This is a very good way to enhance the knowledge.So Best of luck HAH

  • LALIT MOHANTY Jul 17, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I have been suffering type 1 diabetes and hypertension from the last 2 years.After reading this article I came to know that Iam also effected in sleep apnea.I have to change my life style and change my habits.It will be help ful to me.Thanks to HAH for posting such a useful article.Waiting for the next post.

  • PRITAM MOHAPATRA Jul 17, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I am Reading the above article after that i m very pleased to knows all about sleeping apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea. The main types of sleep apnea are: Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax. i suggest that all of you read the above article and knows about sleeping apnea, also suggest what you think.

  • Anil Kumar Behera Jul 17, 2019 at 10:52 am

    I have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Although I don't have a remedy, I perhaps have another cause that may need further research. I recently had a head injury that gave me a concussion. One evening, I had an episode while I was awake that resembled sleep apnea enough to make a neurologist send me in for testing. During this episode, I exhaled and then suddenly was not able to inhale. It was though I forgot how to inhale. It was very scary! I kept calm as I gasped for breath. After a few minutes, I began breathing again; however now, I seem to breathe in the Cheyne Stokes pattern. I hope this will be helpful to researchers; doctors and sleep apnea suffers. This may be helpful to discovering a new type of remedy.

  • MANOJ KUMAR KHUNTIA Jul 17, 2019 at 10:53 am

    After reading this article i gain some knowledge about SLEEP APNEA . It should be very much helpful to people who were dont know about this disease. Thanks HAH BLOG for this great article.

  • SUJATA DAS Jul 17, 2019 at 10:53 am

    HAH Is the most responsible mission to provide best healthcare policies . The articles which have been given through ,yes are very benefit for the people.if they go through out our article they will know better what sleeping apnea is.

  • Siba Prasad Parida Jul 17, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Would like to thank you to the HAH for this valued post about sleep apnea disease.I will share this with every other person who is having this type of disease .

  • Abinash Baliarsingh Jul 17, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Well i did not know about this as a disease ,I feel like this was what the elderly peoples do while sleeping ,and now i am aware of its seriousness and will tell others about this sleep disorder .Thanks for sharing such a valuable article and hope everyone will get benefited from it .

  • DHARMA BRATA MISHRA Jul 17, 2019 at 10:53 am

    many peoples are sleeping mode Loudly snore as timing zone period so others people are irritated. I think snore is a common habit now I will definitely take care of it.

  • BIPIN BIHARI PRADHAN Jul 17, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I am face to many people are snoring loudly shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat or resetting the lower.

  • Biswa ranjan sahoo Jul 16, 2019 at 04:54 pm

    I've been diagnosed sleep disorder or apnea I wear the mask at night but during the day. I feel a heaviness feeling around the eyes and if I lie down there is a feeling of dizziness that lasts a second and then I’m fine. My blood work is normal other than this problem I’m fine.

  • SARITA LUGUN Jul 16, 2019 at 04:54 pm

    Thank you HAH, I have read through this article that what is sleep apnea and what are its symptoms?After reading this article, everyone will know that they are a sympton of a sleep apnea.

  • DIPALI RANSINGH Jul 16, 2019 at 04:55 pm

    I know about this Sleep Apnea disorder through HAH blog. Everyone have to read it to know about this SLEEP APNEA disease. After reading this article, it will be helpful for those person which person facing this problems & they can predict their disease. Thank you HAH .

  • nitai patra Jul 16, 2019 at 03:32 pm

    It is the best way to increase wakefulness, increase mild alertness and also improve memory

  • SUSHREE SANGITA SWAIN Jul 16, 2019 at 02:27 pm

    Thank you for the above article as seriously I am completely unaware about Sleep Apnea. Now I have bit idea about it & also I am able to make understand the patients who are suffering from this diseases.Expecting more articles regarding health issues.

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