For the unaware, sleep apnea is one of those ailments that affect others’ lives, but doesn’t affect you, so you can ignore it. Those intimately acquainted with sleep apnea, however, are likely to be infuriated by any mention of it. If you or someone you know is afflicted with sleep apnea, they’ll tell you that it affects everyone involved: from the sufferer themselves to anyone they share a bed with, even to others in the house, if the problem is bad enough. Sleep apnea and snoring go hand in hand, as we will see, and the result of this can be terrible for the sleep apnea patient, and their loved ones. Luckily, there are several options for sleep apnea treatment. We will look into the causes of sleep apnea, as well as some of the sleep apnea appliances available to deal with this issue, as part of holistic health and dental approach.
What is Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a disorder during which a person, while fast asleep, either stops breathing or endures periods of extremely shallow breathing. Not only is this condition loud and noisy for those sleeping around the sleep apnea sufferer, but it is also incredibly disruptive to the sufferer since the lack of breathing interrupts a normal sleep cycle. This leaves sleep apnea sufferers tired and lackadaisical throughout their days, seriously hampering their quality of life.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?Over 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and each person’s path to it is usually quite unique. Sleep apnea is the effect of many primary risk factors, springing from many different avenues of ill health. These factors include, but aren’t limited to:
- being male
- being elderly
- a family history of sleep apnea
- relaxed throat muscles due to alcohol or sedatives
- congested nasal passages, and heart disorders or stroke history