The Dangers Of Sleep Apnea And How To Effectively Annihilate It

By Chester Umber

Of all the things that can negatively effect your health, there are some that are far worse than others. Some come announced, making it clear that you have a problem. Still others sneak in unknown, and can linger and fester for many months, or even years before you realize they are wreaking havoc on your life.

One such condition is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs at night, when you are sleeping. As a consequence many of the millions of sufferers are not even aware that they have this condition.

Although some symptoms present themselves during the light of day, they are often mistaken for other, more common ailments. For example, headaches are not often associated with a lack of sleep.

Some of the daytime symptoms of sleep apnea are drowsiness, headaches, and an inability to concentrate. One way to check if these are due to sleep apnea, is consider them in light of how much sleep you think you got the previous night. If you think you're getting six to eight hours of solid shut eye, but still feel drowsy during the day, chances are you have sleep apnea.

Of course, the best way to check for sleep apnea is at night, while you are sleeping. If a spouse or partner can listen to you sleep with a critical ear, this can be of great benefit. If you stop breathing periodically on a regular basis, then you likely have sleep apnea. Another way to do this is to record yourself with a tape recorder or other recording device. This can help a great deal. Many people also find benefit from keeping a sleep journal.

Whatever your method for data collection is, make sure you collect as much as possible. That way, when you see your doctor, he or she will be in a much better position to make an accurate diagnosis. Whatever they suggest, just be sure that when properly diagnoses, sleep apnea is more often not completely treatable, and a good nights sleep is much closer than you may realize. - 31820

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