Other than eating and breathing, sleeping is the most important source of recovery. Sleep is essential to good health because it refreshes the body and mind. If you snore regularly and experience constant daytime sleepiness, you may have a condition called sleep apnea, which limits the amount of sleep and oxygen you get each night. Sleep apnea is a condition as common as asthma and diabetes.
About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and can occur hundreds of times during the night. They often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Typically normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. This results in poor oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body. Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits. There are no blood tests for the condition.
Sleep Apnea Can Be Life-Threatening
Untreated sleep apnea puts you at higher risk for serious health problems. Treating sleep apnea can improve these conditions in addition to your overall quality of life. Sleep apnea treatment has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve glucose control, and give you more energy.