Common Symptoms and Health Risks

Common Symptoms & Health Risks

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Navigating the world of sleep disorders can be overwhelming, especially when grappling with the myriad of symptoms and potential health implications.

Sleep apnea, in particular, is a prevalent condition affecting countless individuals, yet remains largely misunderstood. By understanding its symptoms, risk factors, and associated health risks, individuals can make informed decisions about their health. At the Sleep Center of Littleton, our aim is to shed light on the causes and symptoms of sleep apnea, emphasizing its potentially significant impact on one's overall well-being, the importance of timely intervention, and how CPAP alternative treatments can help. Let’s explore the multifaceted aspects of this sleep disorder.

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Causes And Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

The apneic episodes happen when the airway opening is blocked while the patient is asleep. The culprit of the obstruction is the soft tissues at the back of the throat, which collapse when the patient is in a reclined position.

A spouse or partner may notice that the patient snores, which is a result of air passing through those soft tissues and creating noise. The partner may also detect the pauses in breathing. Patients who have sleep apnea may also frequently have sore throats, headaches, or dry mouth in the morning. Many patients notice daytime drowsiness, mood changes, and difficulty focusing or paying attention, too.


What Are The Risk Factors For Sleep Apnea?

Certain traits or lifestyle factors can increase a person’s risk of having sleep apnea. These include obesity, male gender (although the risk for women increases after they have completed menopause), large neck circumference, having an atypically small lower jaw, large tonsils, and hypothyroidism. You may also be more susceptible to sleep apnea if you drink alcohol before bedtime. Sedative or tranquilizer use can also increase a person’s risk of having sleep apnea, as can smoking.

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Health Effects Associated With Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea won’t just leave you feeling groggy and dragging through your day. It is associated with significant risks for your health, such as:

  • Heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Asthma

  • Metabolic Syndrome

  • Obesity

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

Sleep apnea may also contribute to a weakened immune system, so reducing your risk of these problems is another compelling reason to pursue sleep apnea treatment. Schedule a screening with Sleep Center of Littleton to learn more about treatment alternatives to CPAP.

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