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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

There are conditions that we live with for a long time and walk around not realizing that we have them. It’s funny how we count some health disorders is normal and accept them when really, we are not supposed to. One of these disorders is the infamous sleep apnea that affects a large population of the adults in the world today. A lot of people may recognize this is a disorder but what they don’t know is the health implications attached to it. A characteristic of this disorder is the frequent pauses and breaks in breathing when someone is asleep. This is caused by various things one of them being lack of communication between the respiratory system and the brain. In this case the respiratory system does not send breath signals to the brain therefore causing a pause in breathing. The breaks can also be caused by breath being interrupted by physical blockages. For example, the tongue can collapse in the airway and therefore obstruct proper breathing. This is a particularly common cause for sleep apnea accounting for 85% of all cases of this disorder.

This is a disorder that people hardly notice because mostly it manifests when they are asleep. However, other symptoms that are experienced when not sleeping may signify the presence of the disorder. The first symptom is extreme mood swings. Usually, sleep apnea will affect the quality of sleep and therefore moodiness is explained by the lack of enough sleep. If you realize that you’re getting short tempered, irritable and always in a bad mood, it may be time to consider the possibility of having this disorder. Moreover, sleep is now also causing high blood pressure which is also explained by the lack of quality sleep. What happens is that during a break when you are not breathing, the brain is not receiving enough oxygen and therefore the body responds by increasing blood pressure.

Yet another common symptom of the sleep apnea disorder is headaches especially right after waking up. This symptom can also be explained by the issue of blood pressure where the brain receives very little oxygen and therefore Responds by causing an increase in the pressure of blood vessels. The result of the increased pressure and blood vessels is vascular headaches. Other than these, obesity and being overweight also contributes to this sleep disorder mostly because of fat buildup in the throat area that ends up obstructing proper breathing. These are both symptoms and also causes of sleep apnea. The solution to curing sleep apnea can be as easy as losing weight among other options.