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A few Myths about Sleep Apnea.

By Essence Harold Subscribe to RSS | December 18th 2011 | Views:

There are three specific types of Sleep Apnea, Central (CSA), Obstructive (OSA) or mixed Sleep Apnea, which is a combination of both Central and Obstructive. Regardless of the kind of Sleep Apnea you suffer from it is likely you will be unaware of your condition.

Below are 5 falsely believed myths about Sleep Apnea, from the symptoms all the way to the diagnosis of the condition to the treatments available.

1.Sleep Apnea is just snoring: Myth Snoring can be seen as a symptom for Sleep Apnea, however there are big differences between the two. As previously mentioned, people with Sleep Apnea can actually stop breathing up to 400 times a night. The pauses or "Apnea's" can last from 10 to 30 seconds, often followed by a grunt or snort which is why the condition often gets confused with snoring. These pauses in breathing can disrupt your sleep pattern making you more tired the following day.

2.Sleep Apnea is not dangerous: Myth The various interruptions in sleep can disrupt your sleep pattern, exhausting your body and mind. People with Sleep Apnea often wake up in the night gasping for breath, which can be very traumatic and as a result can put a lot of strain on the heart and cardiovascular system. The pauses in breathing can also reduce blood oxygen levels severely. If Sleep Apnea is untreated it can cause car accidents, work-related injuries and strokes.

3.Losing weight can help: Fact If you are overweight or obese you are more inclined to suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is due to the lack of muscle tone around the main airway, resulting in a very narrow airway. Just by losing a fraction of your weight can drastically reduce your symptoms. Smoking can also increase the symptoms of OSA, so ask your doctor about products that will help you quit.

4. Only older people get Sleep Apnea: Myth Doctors believe that over 17 million people alone in the USA suffer from Sleep Apnea. However you are more likely to endure the condition if you are over 40, people of all ages, including young children have been diagnosed with this sleep disorder. However if you are overweight and male, you are more likely to develop OSA. Sleep Apnea is also likely to run in families.

5. CPAP is an effective treatment: Fact CPAP translates as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP machine blows a strong enough stream of air through the airways via a mask keeping your airways open when you're asleep. The sleep apnea mask is considered to be the most effective non-surgical procedure for alleviating the symptoms of Sleep Apnea. CPAP is the most popular method of treatment for adults with OSA. It has also been proved to be a very effective treatment.

So now that a few Myths have been disproved, if you think that you or maybe your partner or child tolerate Sleep Apnea, don't hesitate and seek advice from your GP as soon as you can.

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