What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and block the airway during your sleep. Watch the video below to find out more.
Symptoms and health risks of sleep apnea
10 common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (osa)
As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
In response, the brain sends signals through the nervous system and essentially tells the blood vessels to “tighten up” in order to increase the flow of oxygen to the heart and the brain. Thus, your blood pressure goes up.
Also poor sleep and sleep deprivation may increase appetite. Because the psychological manifestations of fatigue, sleep and hunger are similar, we sometimes confuse them.
Also, sleep affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level. Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.
When sleep is disrupted over and over, it can alter brain activity and neurochemicals that affect a person’s mood and thinking. It also can lead to emotional changes, clinical depression or anxiety.
It is also thought that an episode of apnea could alter digestive processes in a way that disrupts the function of the lower esophageal sphincter.
Researches show associations between sleep apnea autoimmune diseases:
– Patients with fibromyalgia have a tenfold increase in sleep-disordered breathing, including OSA.
– More than half of MS patients were found to have an elevated risk for OSA.
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