If you often feel sleepy during the day no matter how well you slept the night before, and your bed partner or family members complain about your snoring, you may have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea affects approximately 3 to 5 percent of the population. It’s also more common in women in menopause, affecting roughly 30 percent of women at that stage of life because of hormonal changes.
There’s more than one kind of sleep apnea too. With central sleep apnea (CSA), you stop breathing during sleep for seconds at a time, for reasons unknown, because your brain stops telling your muscles to breathe. With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono. “When your oxygen level goes down, your body senses it and tries to wake you up.” Each glitch jolts you into a lighter stage of sleep. Cardiac concerns In addition to leaving you frequently feeling tired, edgy and lethargic, untreated sleep apnea can lead to memory issues, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart problems and stroke. The results of a recent 10-year study suggest that people with moderate to severe untreated sleep apnea have a risk of stroke 2.5 times greater than that of the general population. affects 85 percent of those with sleep apnea, tissue in your throat temporarily closes off your airway. You gasp and wake up as many as 130 times in a single hour, but usually not long enough for you to realize it. You might also have a mix of both kinds of sleep apnea.
“Sleep apnea is stressful for your body. It’s like someone putting a pillow on your face while you’re sleeping,” says Samer Alkhuja, MD, a fellowship-trained and board-certified pulmonary and sleep medicine physician with Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono. “When your oxygen level goes down, your body senses it and tries to wake you up.” Each glitch jolts you into a lighter stage of sleep.