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Old 01-13-2012, 01:36 AM   #1
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Exclamation SLEEP APNEA can be dangerous!

I have been doing some research on sleep apnea....yes,i have it. i didnt understand how dangerous it can be to just ignore it.

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In your research did you happen along any info on how a person would know they have sleep apnea? Any taletell symptoms?
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In your research did you happen along any info on how a person would know they have sleep apnea? Any taletell symptoms?
a person that has this snores, they stop snoring in their sleep only when they stop breathing.... if you don't catch them they cross over.. I lost my mom that way. She felt it was bad to snore, in her sleep she would catch herself and wake up... one night she stopped snorring and dad thought all was well, next morning at breakfast he found out she had stopped breathing period. He called me moments later and well it has been since 1996 that he blames himself.
It helps a lot NOT to sleep on your back... this stops a lot of snoring. Sleep in phetal position that helps a lot.
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I noticed myself having this happen when I had gained some extra weight, when I started losing some of the weight I didn't notice it happening as often but every now and then it does! In your research was there any mention of a cause from overweight? As I still have a few pounds to lose!
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I noticed myself having this happen when I had gained some extra weight, when I started losing some of the weight I didn't notice it happening as often but every now and then it does! In your research was there any mention of a cause from overweight? As I still have a few pounds to lose!
The worst stiuation is when you sleep on your back,,, start a habit of sleeping curled on your side. That takes well over 90% of the problem away. My mom would still be alive if she would have followed that one step. Hearing yourself snore and stop breathing to stop that is really a mind numbing thing,,, if you stop breathing for even a short spell it kicks in heavy.
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I usually sleep on my side, sometimes in the fetal position! I was wondering if being over-weight can cause this.
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Sleep apnea is quite real and can be a very dangerous thing.

That said, I think it is going through a "fad" stage, and is way over-diagnosed. Now it seems that if you snore, the assumption is you have sleep apnea. Sleep studies and CPAP machines seem to be growth industries in medicine.

I've snored like a freight train (as does my Dad, and my Mom to a lesser extent) since I was little. Until someone tells me I scared them by not breathing while asleep, as far as I'm concerned I'm fine.

And I'm "chure as chit" not gonna put on a mask to go to sleep!!!

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I usually sleep on my side, sometimes in the fetal position! I was wondering if being over-weight can cause this.
Nope overweight has nothing to do with this ... the brain has a disconnect between the snoring and stopping your breathing altogether. The moment you are aware that you do this,,, even some people like my mom..,.. had thinking spells while in a room,,, would stop to think about something,, then truly stop breathing and folks noticed that she got dizzy looking, the moment they would reach out to touch her on her arm she would kick start and be back again. So to weight NO not at all. It is a breathing disorder that the subconcious tells the brain to stop snoring,, stop breathing. Sad.
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Tibiki, that's sad about your mother.

But to everyone else, please do some research and talk to your doctor, if you suspect sleep apnea. A good place to start: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/heal...cs/sleepapnea/ or http://sleepapnealife.com/

Sleep apnea IS more common in those overweight, and it does aggravate existing conditions like heart disease, diabetes and causes sleep deprivation.

While you're not likely to die from the sleep apnea itself, there are cases where having a lower blood oxygen level during a sleep apnea episode causes a fatal heart attack in people with existing cardio vascular disease.

I've found the best treatment is having a sleeping partner poke you in the side everytime you quit breathing.
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They've been talking about that on the news this week. ABC evening news I believe. It's like 1 in 6 women have sleep apnea and think it's just insomnia b/c they wake up and can't go back to sleep.
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Common sleep apnea symptoms include:

Waking up with a very sore and/or dry throat
Loud snoring
Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
Sleepiness while driving
Morning headaches
Restless sleep
Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
Recurrent awakenings or insomnia

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Do you wake up in the morning with a headache, feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep? Has your spouse moved to the room next door, exhausted by listening to you snore, gasp, and choke every night?

If so, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) -- a condition where the upper passages of your airway close off, interrupting your breathing and depriving you of oxygen until you wake up and start breathing again. Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million American adults.

How can you tell if you have sleep apnea? The only real way is to have a sleep study, a test that records what happens while you sleep. But there are some common signs of sleep apnea, experts say.

Sleep Apnea Signs: Snoring, Gasping, Sleepiness

The three main warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea are:

Loud, persistent snoring
Pauses in breathing, accompanied with gasping episodes when sleeping
Excessive sleepiness during waking hours
Should everyone who snores see a sleep specialist? No, say the experts. “Most people who snore don’t have obstructive sleep apnea, but most people who have apnea snore,” says Robert L. Owens, MD, of the Sleep Disorders Research Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. If you have chronic snoring that is loud enough to wake a bed partner, talk to your doctor.

Like snoring, the most definitive sign of sleep apnea -- waking up to breathe -- is often witnessed by a bed partner. People with sleep apnea frequently wake up for a few seconds to gasp for air. This can happen hundreds of times a night in people with severe sleep apnea, Owens says.

“If someone witnesses you waking up repeatedly at night, it’s very suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea,” he tells WebMD. “Increasingly, I get wives who come in with little movies on their cell phones that show what their husband looks like at night. That’s very convincing.”

If you don’t have a bed partner to catch your gasping or snoring on camera, the only signs of sleep apnea you may notice are morning headaches or extreme sleepiness during the day, says Lisa Shives, MD, medical director of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Ill.

Sleep specialists use the Epsworth Sleepiness Scale to measure daytime sleepiness. People with extreme sleep apnea are likely to doze off in the middle of meals or conversations, Shives tells WebMD. Moderate daytime sleepiness, such as the desire to take an afternoon nap, doesn’t necessarily mean you have obstructive sleep apnea.

Other Signs of Sleep Apnea: Mouth Breathing and Excessive Urination

If you wake up with a very dry mouth and gummy front teeth, it may also be a sign of sleep apnea, Shives says. “My little phrase is, ‘It’s very hard to gasp through your nose.’ People who have obstructive sleep apnea tend to sleep with their mouths open.”

After treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices – the gold standard for treating sleep apnea – patients keep their mouths closed at night, Shives says.

A less common symptom of sleep apnea is waking up frequently with a desperate need to urinate. When a person’s breathing is disrupted, it puts pressure on the heart. This, in turn, affects a hormone that normally controls urine production in the kidneys, says Vishesh K. Kapur, MD, MPH, medical director of the Sleep Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. “This tends to occur when obstructive sleep apnea is really extreme,” Kapur tells WebMD.

Once you treat the apnea, Shives says, “This problem is immediately eradicated.”

Some other symptoms -- such as lower pain threshold, mood changes or irritability, depression, or problems concentrating -- often show up in people with obstructive sleep apnea. But they aren’t particularly good diagnostic hints, Kapur says, because they are associated with so many other problems and conditions.

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Sleep Apnea and Related Health Conditions
Snoring may seem comical, but obstructive sleep apnea is no joke. It can increase your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes -- and even make you more dangerous on the road.

These seven health problems are linked to obstructive sleep apnea:

1-High blood pressure. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure in people who have it. The frequent nighttime wakings that plague people with sleep apnea cause hormonal systems to go into overdrive, which results in high blood pressure levels at night. Low blood-oxygen levels, caused by the cutoff of oxygen, may also contribute to hypertension in people with sleep apnea. The good news: Some people with high blood pressure who are treated for sleep apnea can cut back on their blood pressure medications.

2-Heart disease. People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to suffer heart attacks and die in the middle of the night. The causes may be low oxygen or the stress of waking up often during sleep. Stroke and atrial fibrillation – a problem with the rhythm of the heartbeat -- are also associated with obstructive sleep apnea. The disrupted oxygen flow caused by sleep apnea makes it hard for your brain to regulate the flow of blood in arteries and the brain itself.

3-Type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea is very common among people with type 2 diabetes – up to 80% of diabetics have some obstructive sleep apnea. Obesity is a common risk factor for both disorders. Although studies haven’t shown a clear link between sleep apnea alone and type 2 diabetes, sleep deprivation can cause insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

4-Weight gain. Adding weight raises your risk of sleep apnea, and up to two-thirds of people with sleep apnea are severely overweight. Obstructive sleep apnea can often be cured if you lose enough weight, but that can be tough to do.
Being overweight causes fatty deposits in the neck that block breathing at night. In turn, sleep apnea impairs the body’s endocrine systems, causing the release of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you crave carbohydrates and sweets. Also, people with sleep apnea who are tired and sleepy all the time may have lower metabolisms, which can also contribute to weight gain. Getting treatment for sleep apnea can make you feel better, with more energy for exercise and other activities.

5-Adult asthma. Although the link to obstructive sleep apnea is not proven, people who are treated for sleep apnea may find they have fewer asthma attacks.

6-GERD. There’s no proof that sleep apnea causes acid reflux, but many people with sleep apnea complain of acid reflux, and treating it seems to improve apnea symptoms, say sleep physicians.

7-Car accidents. Daytime grogginess can put people with sleep apnea at increased risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. People with sleep apnea are up to five times more likely than normal sleepers to have traffic accidents.

Treating Sleep Apnea

The increased risk for health problems linked to sleep apnea can be scary, but effective treatment for sleep apnea is available. In most cases, a sleep specialist will recommend a machine known as CPAP. Although it can take some getting used to, people who use CPAP feel better and are healthier. Talk to your doctor about treating your sleep apnea and preventing related health problems.

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AM I AT RISK for SLEEP APNEA?

Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

*Male gender
*Being overweight
*Being over the age of forty
*Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
*Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
*Having a family history of sleep apnea
*Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
*Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems




What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including:

High blood pressure
Stroke
Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
Diabetes
Depression
Worsening of ADHD

In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, as well as academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

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There are two types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) -- also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome -- occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. During a sleep apnea episode, the diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the obstructed airway and pull air into the lungs. Breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep. They can also reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.


Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.

In central sleep apnea, breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep because of the way the brain functions. It is not that you cannot breathe (which is true in obstructive sleep apnea); rather, you do not try to breathe at all. The brain does not tell your muscles to breathe. This type of sleep apnea is usually associated with serious illness, especially an illness in which the lower brainstem -- which controls breathing -- is affected. In infants, central sleep apnea produces pauses in breathing that can last 20 seconds.



Apnea literally means "cessation of breath." If you have sleep apnea, your breath can become very shallow or you may even stop breathing while you are asleep. This state of not breathing can occur up to hundreds of times a night in some people.

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What Are the Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Often the person with obstructive sleep apnea is not the first to recognize the signs. OSA is often first noticed by the bed partner or a person who observes the patient at rest. Many people who have OSA have no sleep complaints.

The most common obstructive sleep apnea symptoms include:

*daytime sleepiness or fatigue
*dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
*headaches in the morning
*trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
*night sweats
*restlessness during sleep
*sexual dysfunction
*snoring
*sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
*difficulty getting up in the mornings

Symptoms of OSA in children may not be as obvious. They include:

*bedwetting
*choking or drooling
*excessive sweating at night
*inward movement of the ribcage when inhaling
*learning and behavioral disorders
*poor school performance
*sluggishness or sleepiness (often misinterpreted as laziness in the classroom)
*snoring
*teeth grinding
*restlessness in bed
*pauses or absence of breathing
*unusual sleeping positions, such as sleeping on the hands and knees, or with the neck
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Who Gets Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, more than 12 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea. Of the total, more than half are overweight. Those figures also estimate that one in 25 middle-aged men and one in 50 middle-aged women have sleep apnea. If you are related to someone with sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop sleep apnea yourself.

Sleep apnea is more common in men than in women. It is also more likely to develop in African-Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders than in Caucasians. The likelihood of developing the condition increases with age. For women, the condition is more likely after menopause.

Sleep apnea is more common among people with thick or large necks. The condition is also more common among people who have smaller airways in their noses, throats, or mouths. The small airway could be related to the actual size and shape of the airway, or to obstructions or other medical conditions that are causing obstructions.

Babies and small children may have sleep apnea that is caused by swollen tonsils. Adults may also have enlarged tonsils causing obstruction. More commonly, their obstruction is caused by too much tissue at the back of the throat -- the uvula and soft palate -- that hangs down and blocks the windpipe. A larger than average tongue can also block the airway in many people as well as a deviated septum in the nose.

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What Are the Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

In addition to being overweight and getting older, other risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include:

*smoking
*high blood pressure
*having risk factors for heart failure or stroke


How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

To diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor will perform a physical exam and take a medical and sleep history. The doctor may also ask people who live with you about your sleeping habits.

You might also be asked to take a sleep test called a polysomnogram, or PSG. Sleep testing is performed in a sleep lab and is supervised by a trained technologist. The test will measure various body functions, including:

*air flow
*blood oxygen levels
*breathing patterns
*electrical activity of the brain
*eye movements
*heart rate
*muscle activity

After the study is completed, the technologist will tally the number of times your breathing was impaired during sleep and grade the severity of sleep apnea. In some cases, a multiple sleep latency test is performed on the day after the overnight test. This measures how quickly you fall asleep. In this test, patients are given several opportunities to fall asleep during the course of a day when they normally would be awake.

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How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated?

The treatment for obstructive sleep apnea will depend on the factors causing the obstruction. There are several possible treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. They range from a change in behavior to facial surgery. The aim of treatment is to open the airway and restore normal breathing during sleep and to alleviate the bothersome symptoms, such as daytime fatigue and snoring. Treatment may also help lower blood pressure and decrease risks for stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.

Conservative treatments -- In mild cases of sleep apnea, conservative therapy may be all that is needed. These treatments include the following:

*Overweight individuals can benefit from losing weight. Even a 10% weight loss can reduce the number of sleep apnea events for most patients.

*Individuals with sleep apnea should avoid the use of alcohol and sleeping pills, which make the airway more likely to collapse during sleep and prolong the apneic periods.

*In some patients who have mild sleep apnea, breathing pauses occur only when they sleep on their backs. In such cases, using pillows and other devices that help them sleep in a side position may be helpful.

*People with sinus problems or nasal congestion, who are more likely to experience sleep apnea, can try nasal sprays to reduce snoring and improve airflow for more comfortable nighttime breathing.

*Avoiding sleep deprivation is important for all patients with sleep disorders.

Mechanical therapy -- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the preferred initial treatment for most people with obstructive sleep apnea. With CPAP, patients wear a mask over their nose and/or mouth. An air blower forces air through the nose and/or mouth. The air pressure is adjusted so that it is just enough to prevent the upper airway tissues from collapsing during sleep. The pressure is constant and continuous. CPAP prevents airway closure while it is being used, but apnea episodes return when CPAP is stopped or it is used improperly. Other styles and types of positive airway pressure devices are available for people who have difficulty tolerating CPAP.

Mandibular advancement devices -- For patients with mild sleep apnea, dental appliances or oral mandibular advancement devices that prevent the tongue from blocking the throat and/or advance the lower jaw forward can be made. These devices help keep the airway open during sleep. A sleep specialist and prosthodontist -- a person with expertise in these types of oral appliances -- should jointly determine if this treatment is best for you.

Surgery -- Surgical procedures may help people with sleep apnea. There are many types of surgical procedures, often performed on an outpatient basis. Surgery is reserved for people who have excessive or malformed tissue that is obstructing airflow through the nose or throat. For example, a person with a deviated nasal septum, markedly enlarged tonsils, or small lower jaw and a large tongue that causes the throat to be abnormally narrow might benefit from surgery. These procedures are typically performed after sleep apnea has failed to respond to conservative measures and a trial of CPAP. Types of surgery include:

somnoplasty -- a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to tighten the soft palate at the back of the throat.

UPPP, or UP3, which stands for uvulopalatopharyngoplasty -- a procedure that removes soft tissue in the back of the throat and palate, increasing the width of the airway at the throat opening.

mandibular/maxillary advancement surgery -- surgically moving the jaw bone and face bones forward to make more room in the back of the throat -- an intricate procedure that is reserved for patients with severe sleep apnea and head-face abnormalities.

nasal surgery -- correction of nasal obstructions, such as a deviated septum.

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What Is Central Sleep Apnea?

In central sleep apnea, breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep because of the way the brain functions. It is not that you cannot breathe (which is true in obstructive sleep apnea); rather, you do not try to breathe at all. The brain does not tell your muscles to breathe. This type of sleep apnea is usually associated with serious illness, especially an illness in which the lower brainstem -- which controls breathing -- is affected. In infants, central sleep apnea produces pauses in breathing that can last 20 seconds.

Who Gets Central Sleep Apnea?

In general, the main risk factors for sleep apnea are male gender, being overweight, and being over 40 years of age. However, anyone can have any of the types of sleep apnea.

Central sleep apnea is often associated with other conditions. One form of central sleep apnea, however, has no known cause and is not associated with any other disease. In addition, central sleep apnea can occur with obstructive sleep apnea, or it can occur alone.

Conditions that may be associated with central sleep apnea include the following:

*neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
*damage to the brainstem caused by encephalitis, stroke, injury, or other factors
*complications of cervical spine surgery
*radiation to the cervical spine area
*damage to the cervical spine or base of the skull caused by severe arthritis, other types of
degenerative bone disorders, or some other type of injury
*primary hyperventilation syndrome
*congestive heart failure


What Are the Symptoms of Central Sleep Apnea?

The main symptom of central sleep apnea is temporary stoppages of breathing while asleep. Although snoring is a very strong symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, snoring is usually not found with central sleep apnea.

Symptoms may also include:

*being very tired during the day
*waking up often during the night
*going to the bathroom often during the night
*having headaches in the early morning
*poor memory and difficulty concentrating
*mood problems

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