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Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a major health problem facing our society. It is defined as a cessation of breathing for intervals of ten seconds or more throughout the night. The majority of apneas occur as a result of collapsibility of the airway in the posterior part of the airway (past the base of the tongue).This causes a decrease in the level of oxygen carried by our blood to nourish and sustain all body cells. Sleep apnea decreases secretion of essential hormones for muscle growth and recovery. It also affects the hormones that regulate our hunger (leptin and ghrelin).

Sleep apnea has been linked as a contributor to depression, weight gain, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, instance of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

The symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Tooth Grinding
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up and feeling unrefreshed in the morning
  • Heartburn or sour taste in the mouth at night
  • Sore throat upon waking
  • Headaches on waking
  • Sweating and chest pain while sleeping
  • Nighttime gasping for air
  • Episodes of stopped breathing at night

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