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I Can See Clearly Now Sleep Apnea is Gone

Do you wake your children/spouse every night because you snore so loudly? Do you not feel rested no matter how long of a nights sleep you get? Or, do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night for seemingly no reason? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Check below to see if any of your symptoms match those of sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths when you sleep. These breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes, and normal breathing starts again with a loud snort or choking noise. This chronic disease is prevalent in an estimated 18 million Americans and is twice as common in men as it is in women. Since one in 50 individuals is diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is important to check with your doctor if any of these symptoms sound familiar.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The most common signs and symptoms include loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation during sleep that are witnessed by another person, abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, difficulty staying asleep, awakening with a dry mouth and sore throat, morning headache, attention problems, and irritability.

Sleep Apnea Causes
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, and when they relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in. When this happens, your brain senses the inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so you can reopen your airway. This pattern can happen between five to 30 times or more each hour impairing your ability to reach REM sleep. Typically, those with sleep apnea don't feel this happening and do not remember waking up in the middle of the night, making a scary situation for sufferers.

How to Treat Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea, the most common treatment is using a CPAP machine. This machine delivers air pressure through a CPAP mask that you wear over your nose at night. Using a CPAP machine opens your upper airway passages, preventing apnea, snoring and leading to a better nights sleep!

Sound familiar? Call your doctor today, a better night sleep awaits!