Monday, May 17, 2010
Got Sleep Apnea?
Is it me or is everyone on a cpap machine? I can't even count the number of people who have told me they have sleep apnea and wake up (insert astounding number here) of times per night from sleep apnea. So what is the real deal on sleep anpea?
If you have sleep apnea, you have several episodes though the night where you temporarily stop breathing. Each time you stop, you wake up and disrupt your sleep pattern. What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea? Constant fatigue during the day, regardless of how much you sleep and snoring. In addition, those who are overweight or obese are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.
Why does sleep apnea need to be treated? Well for one thing, if you don't treat it you are likely to suffer from fatigue and you may increase your risk of stroke and heart attack as well.