To explain in simple terms, Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that obstructs a good night’s sleep. It occurs when a person is not able to breathe properly during the sleep. These involuntary cessations in breathing occur from a few seconds to a minute and can occur 30 or more times in an hour.
Sleep Apnea Facts
- It is common for both genders. However, men are affected more by this sleep disorder.
- One in five adults suffers from mild OSA.
- One in fifteen adults suffers from severe OSA.
- From 70 % to 75% cases go unnoticed and undiagnosed.
- 25 % to 35 % of middle-aged men suffer from OSA.
- Sleep apnea also occurs in children mainly due to tonsils.
How serious is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea not only disturbs your sleep but also impacts the breathing. It may pause your breathing from a few seconds to a minute and in some cases to 30 or more times in an hour during the sleep. As you wake up multiple times at night, you won’t be able to achieve a deep state of sleep. Although initially, it may appear mere sleep disturbance, over time it may turn a serious disorder and can cause stroke and severe heart diseases. If left untreated, Sleep Apnea leads to increased risk of:
- Cardiovascular Disease and heart attacks
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased risk of being involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident
- Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
- Fluctuating oxygen levels
- Impaired concentration
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