At one point in our lives we’ve all had the pleasure of experiencing at least one sleepless night due to someone’s insufferable snoring. Whether it’s a roommate, a sibling, or a spouse, there is no excuse why you should have to lose your precious night’s rest over their body’s inability to sleep soundly.
Now, I’m sure we’ve all tried stuffing our ears with ear plugs, or folding the pillow over our heads, or better yet, calling their body’s bluff by pinching their nose to see it that will shut them up.
But let’s face it; toying with a person’s respiratory system like that is a great way to find yourself behind bars. And trust me, if that happens, you’ll have much bigger problems to worry about.
Sleep apnea used to be seen as an irritating abnormality among many Americans. But in the past decade, it has become apparent that the sleep disorder can cause other life-threatening ailments.
“Untreated severe apnea can take 10 to 15 years off someone’s life,” said Joseph Golish, a sleep medicine expert and a professor at the MetroHealth System in Cleveland.
According to WebMD, the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. It causes your airway to collapse or become blocked during sleep. Normal breathing commences with a choke or snort sound.
Depending on the severity of your diagnosis, certain treatments and remedies can be done at home.
In mild cases of sleep apnea, you may tackle your problem simply by changing certain behaviors like ⎯
➢ Losing weight.
➢ Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills.
➢ Changing sleep positions to improve breathing.
➢ Quit smoking.
➢ Refrain from sleeping on your back.
In more severe cases of apnea, a person may have a deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils, or a small overbite on the lower jaw ⎯ causing the throat to be too narrow. In these cases, surgery may be needed to correct the problem.
Furthermore, sleep apnea can be a real burden not only on the individual suffering from it, but also on those around them. So, if you think you might be suffering from the disorder, consult your doctor immediately and put an end to all the madness.