What is sleep apnea?
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a little known disease; common risk factors are excess weight (causing a thickening of the throat walls) and age, as this condition occurs more frequently in older adults. People over the age of 65 are three times more likely to develop sleep apnea than other categories of the population because the throat muscles are less toned and relaxed, preventing the passage of air.
Sleep apnea is characterized by involuntary stops of breathing during sleep, which reduces the oxygenation of the body and causes the patient to wake up. A patient with sleep apnea has difficulty sleeping. During the day, they may often feel tired, have difficulty concentrating, and suffer from headaches.
The risk factors
Age and weight are risk factors for developing sleep apnea. Men are 2 to 3 times more affected than women. Heredity, nasal obstruction, alcohol consumption, certain medications, as well as possible respiratory tract abnormalities are common factors that promote sleep disorders.
Symptoms and complications of sleep apnea
The fatigue that patients feels manifests itself as soon as they wake up. During the day, they often experience drowsiness that often leads to uncontrolled bouts of falling asleep, which can be dangerous (car, machines).
Patients who are go undiagnosed and, thus, do not know the cause of their fatigue, can feel irritable, suffer memory problems, and experience depression. Studies have shown that one in five women with sleep apnea syndrome suffer from depression.
Nevertheless, it is estimated that a majority of individuals are still undiagnosed and do not know the cause of their fatigue.
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